Intern’s Going Away Cake

I know you have all been holding your breath in anticipation of the final product. I know I was, mainly because I was doing my best not to cough, sneeze, or touch the product. I think it is free of my germs.

This cake has not made my neighbors happy. I didn’t know what was involved in making a buttercream frosting. I didn’t realize how much mixing I would have to do. Starting it at 2300 and having the mixer on for half an hour could not have made them happy.

I had to make a meringue. It never did peak like it should have. Maybe my mixer was too high or too low. It foamed, and I had soft peaks for a while, but it never climaxed at stiff peaks. I thought about adding Viagra.

The recipe says that it will curdle at some point, and then come back together in the end. It also mentions keeping it cool, so I was precariously balancing the bowl on top of a bag of ice while holding the blender in one hand and a using the other to toss in tablespoon chunks of butter.

It curdled and was not coming back.

That is when I gave up and threw it in the fridge. I used the time to clean while I tried to figure out what to do. It made me angry to think I had failed. How did people do this in the old days before electricity? A whisk. So I took the bowl out of the fridge and started beating it with a plastic whisk. I beat it so hard that the whisk broke.

I’ve been meaning to buy a wire whisk. Guess I will have to now. And wow, those colonial people must have had some awesome biceps! I’ll hurt later, but it worked! The buttercream frosting came together!

So I assembled the spice cake with layers of caramelized pears and maple buttercream frosting. Now I know why there were no pictures of this cake in epicurious. It is fugly. I tried to dress it up with the maple sugar candy I brought back from Maine. It didn’t really help.

I’ve tasted all the pieces, and each individually is pretty good. Guess we will see tomorrow how it tastes all together. Hopefully Intern will like his cake. I probably should have stuck with something that I knew how to make, but he said to surprise him. This will teach him to make a decision next time. ;-)

Go to for the recipe.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Intern on August 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    It was delicious! I didn’t learn the lesson you were trying to teach me!


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