Thursday, March 20, 2008

Temptation at its Finest

I came to the conclusion over the past year that I cannot bake a dessert unless I have a really good reason. A party, a potluck, a dinner with friends...these are acceptable and valid reasons to bake dessert. "Just because" or "What the hell, let's make brownies" are not acceptable reasons for me to bake a dessert on a whim. Because here's the lo-down of what will happen if I have a gooey and inviting dessert sitting on my kitchen table:

8:30 am - I start off the day with a brownie (or whatever dessert it is) before breakfast

9:30 am - "Oh look. Those brownies are still here. I'll just have a little bite."

10:30 am -"Well, I better finish off that brownie that I took a bite out of."

12:00 pm - I start and finish my lunch with a brownie

2:00 pm -"Well, whadda ya know!! Those brownies are still here. I better have another..."

4:00 pm - My husband returns home, immediately opens the pan of brownies and says, "Dude, what happened to all the brownies?!"

So you get the picture of just what a slippery slope this is for me! A perfect case-in-point is this gorgeous work of baking craftsmanship:

Light and moist layers of white cake with toasted pecans, glued together by a generous heaping of cream cheese frosting...I mean, what's not to like about this Italian Cream Cake?! (And please refrain from licking your computer screen.) But I did good, for the most part. We had our "Suppers For Six" fellowship group dinner a few weeks back and I really wanted to bake something extra-special for dessert. Plus, I accepted the challenge to "up my game" and bake a layer cake--something I hadn't done in a long time. The cake turned out fabulous, aside from the fact that it was leaning slightly, and a good time was had by all. The best part? We came home with only a few pieces of leftover cake, so I wasn't tempted to succumb to that death trap I described above. Well, except for the piece of cake I had for breakfast the next morning...

If you want to wow your friends and family with this amazing cake, or if you have more will-power than I do and need something to do on a rainy day, check out the recipe for yourself.


BKicklighter said...

Another beautiful picture, entertaining post, and intimidating challenge. Thanks, Sarah! Hey, who do you supper with six with?

Sarah said...

Thanks,, I mean, Becky!!

We rotate our Suppers for Six (SFS) groupings each time we do a dinner. Since January, though, we've only had a SFS once every 2 months. Emily Ulmer is in charge of changing to groups each time.