Mr. Handsome and I enjoyed reading your comments about his haircut. I think it’s looking better as it grows out a little, and a little bit of facial hair is making him look older. I do miss his old haircut, though, and I’m grateful that he considers my opinion to be of utmost importance.
On another note, I wanted to share a photo of a cake I baked this weekend. As far as appearance goes, it was a complete and utter fail, but if you’re going on taste alone, it was a smashing success.
I was in a rush because we were headed out to our friends’ house for dinner. (Please no comments telling us that we are terrible people for leaving the driveway. We do support the wearing of masks in public places, and we have gone to great lengths to protect our family, but it makes me sad to see people on both ends of the spectrum being so critical of each other.)
I used a new gluten-free mix (Almond Flour Chocolate Muffin and Cake by SimpleMills). As you can tell from all the recipes on my blog, I don’t usually use mixes. In fact, this might have been one of the first times I have baked a cake that wasn’t from scratch.
But I needed a quick dessert, and this mix checks all my boxes. The ingredients are simple: almond flour, organic coconut sugar, cocoa, arrowroot, organic coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt…that’s it. The total sugar content is lower that 99.9% of the desserts I’ve had, and it’s free of gluten, soy, corn, and dairy. What could be better? I know I’ll get at least one reader asking if this is a sponsored post for SimpleMills, so I want to add a disclaimer: This is in no way a sponsored post. I “simply” want to share one of my favorite products. See what I did there?
Now back to my saga. As I was trying to get the baked cake out of the pan, I made the mistake of not scouring the edges with a knife. Like I said, I was in a huge hurry. Unfortunately, only half the cake fell out onto the cooling rack. After a brief moment of panic, I decided to just put it all back in the pan and leave it. I had used a pie plate so it looked plenty fancy.
Due to my mistake, the cake no longer had a smooth top. My plan was to whip up some homemade buttercream frosting for the top, but I quickly decided that making enough frosting to fully cover the mistake would have added way too much fat and sugar.
I stuck toothpicks in the top of the cake so it wouldn’t stick to the plastic wrap, and we jumped in the car, disaster cake and all. To my surprise, our friends love the SimpleMills mixes, and they thought the cake was delicious. And quite honestly, they were right. So I would say my mission was a success. What do you think?