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Pipe Dream #26: To Remember Birthdays – Pink Champagne Cake

I have a problem. I can never remember your birthday. Well, I can remember it, if it falls the day before or after the 4th of July, or if you remind me constantly two weeks prior to the moment of your birth. But generally, I don’t know it. And the thing is, I really want to remember. I’m an ISFJ. I put a lot of stock in celebrating things like this.

I can barely even remember my best friends’ birthdays. I know Anthony was born in either August or September, on either the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, or 19th. We have a conversation about his birthday about twice a year because I always forget. It’s pathetic.

But this year, I surpassed myself. I almost forgot my own birthday. It just kind of snuck up on me. My last landmark birthday before 30, and I nearly forgot. I been busy, awright?

So I made myself a cake. It is called Pink Champagne Cake. And it was lovely. Eventually.

Remember that pretty book I received? I got this recipe from it.

As a cake-making amateur, I got impatient with letting the thing cool, so the slicing wasn’t perfect, the layers weren’t level, and the filling was not stiff enough to stay inside the cake. As you can see.

But somehow it came together. The frosting required 1/2 a cup of champagne, and my mind wasn’t thinking that this was unusual, so the frosting was way thin, and I had to add loads more powdered sugar to thicken it. It turned crusty on day two.

But the cake itself was particularly good. Light, but very moist, and with an unmistakable flavor of champagne. Bonus, you don’t even have to buy expensive champagne for this cake to taste good–the sugar rounds out the flavor of any cheap champagne very nicely. Pay no mind to the terrible filling job. I’ll do better next time.

It was also great fun to use my new piping tips and spatula. I use new spatulas for fun–ha! Among other things.



Pink Champagne Cake

Adapted from Booze Cakes

For the cake:

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 egg whites

red food coloring

2 cups champagne

For the frosting*:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

4 cups powdered sugar (double this?)

1/2 cup champagne

1/4 whole milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch pans. (I used 8 inch pans–don’t do that.)

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat in egg whites one at a time. Mix in the food coloring.

Beat in flour mixture and champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with the flour to prevent curdling. Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the frosting, beat butter for 1 minute in a mixing bowl. Gradually add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Once the cake has cooled completely (you could even stick it in the freezer for a bit), place bottom layer on a cake plate and spread half of the frosting over top. Add top layer and cover with frosting.

*If I did this again, I would halve the amounts of both the liquids and add a little more champagne if the frosting is too stiff. Or figure out a better way. You can do it!

Pipe Dream #8: To Not Be “That Chick With The Camera”

I don’t like labeling people. Besides an occasional Myers-Briggs test that lets me totally put you in a box, I strive to avoid it. In case you were wondering, I am an ISFJ. Feel free to read the profiles here and here and judge me accordingly. I won’t mind. I already know I’m weird. :]

One label that I really want to avoid, though, is the “girl with the camera” stigma. I don’t want to be that girl that is always snapping pictures and doesn’t stop to really breathe the air, or appreciate beauty or have a real conversation with someone. If, amazingly, I’m doing something social on the weekend, say, I want people to remember my face and not the lens of a D90.

On the other hand, I really like remembering where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and who I’ve seen. Some moments deserve to be captured, even if it means stepping out of real-time life for a minute.

Here are a few snapshots of my past few weekends. Oh, but I live a merry life filled with galas and society! Sort of.

A few of my cutie pies from study.

Tegan’s birthday cupcakes for Anna. Sew pritty.

Mini gingerbread house-making day.

A view from the path. So much potential.

I’ll try and keep myself on the DL,


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