I had no baking skills in college, except for maybe a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I believe I helped my mom dollop cookies onto baking sheets when I was a kid, and I definitely remember helping her clean the beaters on the mixer by licking them clean. But I don’t believe I attempted my first cake until I was married.
My girls, on the other hand, have been making cakes for years. I’m not sure if they were drawn to the creativity of it or the fact that they could eat the result of their efforts. But there are such easier things to bake than a cake. Like chocolate chip cookies, following the recipe on the bag of chips.
On those rare days when Annie has the house all to herself, she becomes inspired to bake. When I was traveling up to New York on Friday for my reunion, and Louisa was away on a school outing, and Joe was still in the office, Annie became even more inspired than normal. She decided to bake one of those filled cakes. I’ve never attempted a filled cake, but years ago there were a lot of television commercials for a cake pan that made it easy to fill your cake and Annie requested one for Christmas. She may have made one or two of those cakes before the pans were stored in the basement with a whole slew of other “As Seen on TV” kitchen products she has requested over the years. And last Friday that pan was resurrected from its hiding spot and used to bake this chocolate frosted, cream filled, mocha flavored cake by Annie. She even added blueberries to the filling.
I was surprised when I received a text with a photo of the cake while I was away. I told the gang to enjoy it and save a piece for me. Instead, Annie decided they should wait for me to return home the next day so that we could dig in together. I was more than a little nervous about whether this crazy cake pan worked. But it did, and it was delicious.
I wonder how many of my classmates were greeted with a homemade, filled cake when they returned home from reunion?