Wednesday, April 16, 2014

make. this. cake. {the sloppy chef series}


So, today is my birthday.



I'm giving you a few moments to let that sink in so you can remember to wish me happy birthday in the comments section below.

I wouldn't want you to forget.

Did I mention today is my birthday?

I checked back a year ago on my blog and it turns out my birthday was on the same day last year, too.  I made a cake for myself that day as well.

Anyway, I made this cake to take to work for "food day."  Yes, we bring in food for our own food day.  People think it's nuts that we have to bring in our own food-day food.  (I actually like to make stuff so it's okay.)






Never fear...my coworkers are awesome and they always bring stuff in as well.  That allows me to turn my one loaf and fishie into enough food to feed the masses.

I like to try new things for food days (skydiving would be fun), and the Brown-Eyed Baker has become a go-to for desserts lately.  This year I tried her Snickers Cake recipe.

Holy Mother of Chocolate and Nougat.

It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.  (And by a lot of work, I mean I got home at 4:30 and started making it and finally finished by 11:00.  And by worth it, I mean I don't even care if it adds a second third chin.)

This is what Mother Nature was doing in my back yard while I was baking:





I'm not doing a blow-by-blow, because the BEB has it all spelled out perfectly where she posted her recipe HERE

I know it was keeping you up at night wondering why I refer to myself as "the sloppy chef."  It's because I'm a disaster in the kitchen:




Thank you God for giving me the best dishwasher in the world.  And he's so happy about it too.



Now, the BEB tells you to make your own caramel sauce.   Let me just state for the record that I suck at making anything candy-related.

If I made a daughter and named her Candy, I would most certainly screw her up too.

I tried making the caramel sauce.  I burned it.  It didn't matter that I was as careful as Crash Bandicoot tip-toeing through a minefield of Nitro.

Thank the ice cream gods I had a backup plan:






For your drooling pleasure.  Please wipe off your keyboard before leaving this site.
 


Doesn't it look divine?  Okay, so MY pictures don't look divine, but if you check out the recipe at Brown-Eyed Baker, HER pictures are so divine it's like an intervention.

The cake was amazing.

In fact, it was SO amazing that I decided to keep all the cake for myself and I brought in a bag of moldy bagels and expired cream cheese to work instead.  (I told them the moldy parts were blueberries.)

Ummmm.....do you think anyone from work will read this?



***update***

I'm only TWO "likes" away from hitting 100 on Facebook....come on...help a girl out on her birthday!







27 comments:

  1. Firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Secondly, if I won the big lottery, I would pay you buckets of money to write for me every single morning. I intended to be cranky today and here I am snickering endlessly.

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  2. Happy 29th Birthday! What's that you say? I got the number wrong, oops-sorry, Happy 27th Birthday! Your blog c r a c k s m e u p! I absolutely love reading your posts. I can relate to quite a few of them.....(like the frustrated husband yelling because I keep dragging projects home!) Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! I'm thrilled to have you here! :P

      xoxo
      -andi

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  3. Happy BD! I can't do cake anymore, but if I could, I'd do this one! (Which sounds vaguely pornographic, but there you have it!)

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  4. They say it's your birthday? Gonna have a good time. (I feel like I wrote the same thing last year).

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  5. Don't tell me that you played Crash Bandacoot too, birthday girl. Thank the Gods you decided to keep that cake for yourself. I thought you were nuts to share it, but you saved face! Anyways, in my best singing voice ever (plug your ears)....Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Andi Six Happy Birthday to you!! Cheers!

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  6. Happy happy happy birthday Andi! Your cake looks positively sinful. Yummm!!!!

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    1. I'm #99 on Facebook! I guess I'm gonna get smart now. lol. Finally!

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  7. Happy Birthday! I don't blame you for keeping that cake for yourself, especially with all of the hours you poured into it! Now I am sitting here craving cake... darn you! I hope your first bday in your new house is grand! I have already liked your FB page, so sorry, couldn't help out with getting you to 100! :(

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  8. OMG! Happy birthday!!! That is the most decadent cake I have ever seen! Worth a double chin, for sure. ;) It snowed here last night, too. But it's supposed to warm up and melt away in a few days.
    Can't help you on facebook because I am not one of the millions...or is it billions by now--LOL! :) Hope it is a wonderful, memorable day!! :):)

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  9. Happy Birthday again...how much cake is left? Half? 1/3?

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  10. Happy Birthday to you! And thanks a LOT for making me want to eat this NOW!

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  11. Hey, happy birthday! I've had that cake before. Yummy stuff, but it could kill you. I'm the designated dish washer in this house. I swear when the hubby gets done every dish in the kitchen is dirty. But the food, oh the food...

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  12. Happy Birthday, woman! Does food day always coincide with the food day person's birthday? And does everybody bring their own cake on their own food day? I'm just sayin', I think somebody needs to make the food day party girl a cake on her own food day. Why don't I have food day? Oh wait, every day of my life is food day where I cook food for other people.

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday!!! My favorite candy bar is Snickers so I know this cake has to be good! It looks and sounds amazing! I could drink that caramel sauce. Not safe at my house!

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  14. Happy Birthday, but you ruined the cake for me by putting nuts on it. Nuts to you. I've already liked your FB page and it won't let me like again.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. it might be sloppy, but surely looks oh-so-yummy!!!!

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  16. So, the cake looks delightful. I'm sure you look lovely with a tripple chin. I need a new dishwasher. Would you consider sending yours to France. I think that's all for today. Wait! Am I forgetting something? Happy birthday! Isn't it weird how it's on the same date as last year?

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  17. Happy happy Birthday Andi!!!!!!! We had a snowy day here as well, but I didn't get cake!!!

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  18. Happy Birthday!!! That cake looks amazingly YUM! (and I liked you a LONG time ago on FB :)

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  19. First - happy birthday. Second - I was going to just read your blog and not comment, but then I heard Black Betty on the way home from work yesterday and took it as A Sign. I remembered you had a post that featured that video, so clearly it was the Blog Gods telling me to just leave a damn comment. So here it is: Your writing cracks me up.

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    1. YAY! I'm so happy you left your damn comment!! :)

      -andi

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  20. Aww Happy Late Birthday!!! Sounds like it was great...and I think that cake looks fabulous. OMG..it's my favorite candy bar (not that I ever eat em anymore,darn) But that sounds like the perfect cake. So much so that I want to go buy a Snickers bar! lol
    (btw! I had already "liked" you on FB from my blog page (and even shared your blog on there --- the "damn cat" post ;) )! Didn't count...so I just "liked" you from my other...I am your 101!! ;) )
    Nancy

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  21. Yum!! It still looks pretty delicious Andi. I wished you a Happy Birthday on facebook, so don't think I forgot or anything....but Happy Birthday again!! Now go eat more cake, or start making one for my birthday next month. You deliver right? :)

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  22. I'm a bad blogging buddy. :(. Sorry I missed your birthday, but even more sorry I didn't get some of that cake. And here I thought you were just another pretty face.

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  23. Happy happy belated birthday. That cake looks AMAZING!!

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  24. Happy birthday (five days ago)!!!!!

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