I have been making so many off the wall things lately that I’m feeling like I want to just have one of my tried and trues. I have been working really hard to successfully make Pumpernickel Bread, but it keeps turning out badly. I have taken some of my favorite desserts and added something a little different to them hoping that they will be a new great invention – making cheesecake with snickerdoodle crust and have ricotta cheese instead of all cream cheese; chocolate brownies with peanut butter swirl and toffee bits top; butternut squash & chicken soup with acini di pepe; and so on. Most of the “deviations” have been pretty good or at least not complete throw away (with the exception of the pumpernickel bread), but I feel like my family would be so happy if I just made something the way that it is supposed to be – no deviations please.
This week I announced to my Babydoll that I was just going to make a plain cake. She said, “what kind”. I replied, “a lemon pound cake, maybe”. She said, “a plain cake would be vanilla”. That is true, but you always want something to make it a little fresh and the lemon would give it that kick of freshness.
The thing is, as I was sitting down to right out my grocery list (I also have to make a chocolate cake for a customer for Saturday), this great idea came to mind: a swirl cake. Then my mind went even farther…an orange and vanilla swirl cake. My version of a creamsicle cake. Yeah, Yeah I’ve seen the recipes for a creamsicle cake (I had to see if someone else had done this) and the recipes out there are not at all what I have in mind.
My only fear is that my family will kill me if I make something that is horrible. I don’t think I will have time to make a backup dessert (sometimes I have cookies on hand in case things go wrong), with me having to make a dessert for a customer, and a model home auction this weekend, and a big girl bed delivery for my Babydoll.
I also plan on taking a pumpernickel break this week and making a batch of homemade rolls. These we will have with our soup of the week (I’m thinking Creamy Wild Rice & Chicken) and the extra rolls will go in the freezer to be pulled out whenever we want rolls with dinner. I think if the cake goes horribly wrong, I will have my awesome rolls as a conciliation.
Note: When I began this post I had not made a decision about which cake I was going to make – strawberry swirl or orange creamsicle. I chose the orange and it was a hit. The rolls and the cake were AWESOME. I will post about the cake later this week.
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Thank you and thank your brother for suggesting my blog. I’m glad I’m not the only person afraid to make deviations. I’m actually planning for Thanksgiving now and made some sweet potato pie deviations last weekend and my babydoll asked for a “normal” dessert this weekend – a chocolate/vanilla swirl cake. 🙂