Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First Ever CrumpyCakes Original!

I'm so very encouraged by all the positive feedback I'm getting. I am honestly amazed that you guys are interested in what I'm doing and take the time to encourage me. THANK YOU!!!! You guys rock.

Remember the cake cones that I made for my birthday cake-o-rama? While they looked fun, the cone was soggy and I just wasn't very happy with the result. In thinking of ways to improve it, we came up with our own little concoction and may have started a very beautiful thing. It's a refined version of the cake cone. A little more complex but not necessarily complicated. I'd call it "Crumplicated." (Yes I just said that... I'm allowed... it's my blog!) Here's a step by step of my first attempt.

The Cone

The Mousse

The Cake* (see ridiculously long explanation below)

The Frost

The Grand Finale

So now, I just need to come up with a name for it... I thought of "The Bullwinkle" He was a Chocolate Moose! But I'm open to ideas as well!

*I made the cake from scratch. The batter was AMAZING. I always set my timer a little early because I'm a certified over-done-a-phobe. I watched the batter rise in silken perfection. At 15 minutes I decided at least another 5 minutes was needed. That's where I made a mistake. {Prepare for storyline derailment} My oven timer drives me mad. I rarely use it because while it counts down the time you program, it shuts off when the time is reached. Because of this I usually set the timer on my microwave instead. {Story back in session} I must have been distracted because I used the OVEN timer when I put the cupcakes in. Then when I decided to add 5 minutes I set the MICROWAVE timer. So, guess what? The oven wasn't on. When I checked them at 20 minutes in... I thought it was crazy that they needed more time but set the MICROWAVE timer for another 7 minutes. Still not being done at 27 min in... I realized my error. I turned the oven back on and set the MICROWAVE timer for 5 min. "Beep Beep Beep." With great hope and anticipation I made my way through the kitchen. When I arrived at the scene, the once beautiful rounded mounds of golden cupcake had turned flat and brown. I raised my fist to the air and swore in my best Scarlett O'Hara voice, "As God is my witness, I'll never use this timer again!" (Ok, that really didn't happen, but my teeth were gritted.) It was salvageable but unintendedly reminiscent of the "Ugly Gooey Cake" recipe.

This was the first scratch cake that made me want to abandon cake mixes! I found it on the back of my cake flour box. Here's the recipe. I've never made mousse before, so that was it's own adventure. It was really good. I found this recipe online.

I was a little hesitant to blog about this one. But, I decided that I was "man enough" to laugh at myself and my ugly cake. It's all part of the process and I figured you'd enjoy it. I'll work on a better aesthetic for it soon! I had originally hoped to use a sugar cone, but to be honest the mousse is so rich that the regular cone was a much more balanced compliment. I had this pink cone left over from my birthday. Use what you got! I layered the mousse and cake down in the cone like you would do in a trifle and then pressed a cupcake down into the cone before topping with mousse.

Special thanks to my husband for helping me with this idea. All in all, a thumbs up experience for my first ever CrumpyCakes original!


Pentavarit said...

I love what you are doing and the ideal of this cone and/or Bullwinkle is awesome...and I know it's not a good thing to say...but I'm gonna say it...I'm not sure it looks appealing? As in, my first thought was that is resembled poo? I know, I know...sorry.

Lani said...

HAHA!!! That's awesome. I know this is not a good thing to say, but I've NEVER seen real poo like that. hahaa... just the fake/joke kind. But at any rate... you're right! I'll have to work on a major face lift :)