Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2013 by uglydudefood

Hi, as you may have guessed I’m not blogging here anymore?  I caught a lethal buttcrack infection and am probably dying, so TTYL everyone. 

Just kidding, that is false.

I still bake, but weighing the amount of time it takes to do this vs. the amount of fun I have doing it vs. the size of the audience reading it, it was a no-brainer to stop.  I may pop up again, especially as I go on to do more levels of cake decorating classes, etc – but this is pretty much it.   I exist on the Internet in many, many more places if you know where to look.

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Another cake – get used to cakes

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2012 by uglydudefood

It’s a cake from over a month ago. This cake was my “final project” for my Wilton level 1 cake decorating class. I had other projects, but I forgot to take pictures. We learned how to do these roses in the last class, so really my final project was just tossing all my practice roses on a cake. The cake was a single 9″ cake (this recipe, without the lemon zest/lemon extract, and with vanilla extract), leveled, and then torted into two layers. The icing is the not-v.-good all-shortening buttercream from a recipe in the training manual. My icing consistency may have been a little too dry, because the roses and shells weren’t very smooth.

We planned on taking this into work, but then a hurricane came through (maybe you remember it? I don’t know, maybe you don’t) and work was canceled for a while. Anyway, my wife and I ate this whole damn cake. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Slacking and cake

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2012 by uglydudefood

I know I’ve been slacking. I’m a total tool. Since July of 2008 I didn’t miss any weeks – not even while I was on my honeymoon. And then I fell out of the habit, and now I’m about three weeks out from my last post. Listen – I’m still baking. I’m taking cake decorating classes. I’m spending some time being a human person. I don’t know why I’m explaining. I’m only accountable to me, and I’m plenty disappointed in myself for abandoning something I enjoy so much for so long.

Here is the first cake I made for coworkers after I started taking the level-one Wilton cake decorating class. It was only after the first session – so I didn’t know much, just a few piping techniques. Most of the stuff I learned was pretty worthless in this case, because decorating with peanut butter icing is a painintheballs. It doesn’t stiffen like buttercream. So it’s uneven and can’t be smoothed. If I remember correctly, the cake was Dorie Greenspan’s devil’s food cake. The frosting was this all-butter peanut butter frosting. I resolved for my next peanut butter frosting to have some shortening in it, in hopes that it would be easier to decorate with. You’ll see the results in a couple weeks.

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TALL AND CREAMY CHEESECAKE – CHOCOLATE EDITION

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2012 by uglydudefood

This is a cheesecake I made for a coworker’s farewell party. It’s Dorie’s tall and creamy cheesecake, except I added some melted bittersweet chocolate to the batter. Another coworker bought some strawberries to go on it, and it was a perfect compliment.

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I want to eat it now. But I baked it at least two weeks ago. HALP ME!

Toll House Cupcakes

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2012 by uglydudefood

Oops – I forgot to make a post this Tues/Wed.  It’s not for lack of baking.  I’ve been doing more baking than ever before.  The problem is, I have such a backlog of stuff that I didn’t do any blogwork this week – I just figured it would take care of itself.

So here’s the next item in the backlog.  Toll House cupcakes.  Here’s the recipe.  I’m sure I’ve blogged about these before – in fact, probably several times.  There are my favirote things – not a cake, but essentially a cupcake-shaped cookie filled with butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips (the recipe also includes walnuts, but my family has traditionally left these out, and I don’t think it needs them).

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Every year for elementary school birthdays, my mom would make these for our classes.  And so nostalgia, butter, and chocolate come together to make the perfect snack treats.  You NEED to MAKE THEM.

I’ve made these for a goodbye party in my wife’s office.  I’ve actually made these again since then, for a Halloween parade bake sale in my town, but I didn’t take a picture and frankly I’ll spare you from reading about these again in a few weeks.  But for an inherently ugly food, I did them up with baggies and bows so they almost looked…presentable?

Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins – a Dorie reprise

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 by uglydudefood

Continuing the grand tradition of coworkers giving me things and me baking other things that include those things, this week I made Dorie’s savory corn and pepper muffins (using a green bell pepper given to me by a coworker). I’ve made this before and liked it.

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The coworkers appreciated these. I served them with vegetable oil spread (I refuse to call it butter) – I had to make a special trip for fakebutter, so I hope it was appreciated.

Random Pizza, Baby! Not topped with babies

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 by uglydudefood

I love pizza. I have a Tumblr devoted to pizza. Pizza is one of life’s perfect things – one of the few things that, even if they are “bad,” they’re pretty damn good. It’s like Batman movies or episodes of “Breaking Bad.”

I almost always make pizza with basic ingredients – dough, red sauce, cheese. But variety is the spice of pizza, so I pizzed a different kind of pizza.

Dough is fairly simple – I use my own recipe, which is pretty much the same as any dough. 1 cup water, 400g bread flour, ~3 Tbsp dry active yeast, ~1 tsp salt. Knead it, adjust water and flour for consistency if needed. Let it rise. MAKE IT RAIN.

This time, I made pesto. Using the first Google search result for “pesto recipe,” because the first Google result is always the best.

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Whole milk mozzarella. Nothing too interesting about that.

This sausage is a recipe from Slice, and it’s super simple – pork, red pepper flakes, salt, and fennel seed. Perfection.

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And the finished project. Eat a pizza. It’s pretty good.

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For those of you waiting for my weekly blog to go back to baking, be patient – next week will be a baked good, friends! I don’t know why you’re waiting for things on my blog anyway – it’s boring stuff.