So does anyone out there need a cake? Cause I have a spare. And it looks pretty tasty too.
It all started when I was in charge of the birthday cake for Big Daddy's and his sister's family party yesterday. I got creative and decided to make a chocolate raspberry layer cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. I decided it would be three layers of chocolate butter cake with fresh crushed raspberries and frosting in between each layer and raspberries on top. At the last minute I decided to throw some chocolate chips into the batter because chocolate butter cake is quite light and I like my choclate darker. So all went well. I was right on schedule for having the cake cooled and ready to frost well before the guests' arrival. But I didn't count on the chocolate chips creating Swiss cheese holes in my cakes as they sunk to the bottom. so as I turned my first cake over to get it out of the pan, it crumbled into several chunks. SHOOT. So then I only had two layers to work with and a large group of people to feed. So I decided I better start over and make some more layers. Not only to get a third layer, but also in case the other two chocolate chipy layers didn't work out either, at least I would have two good ones. So I let layer 2 and 3 cool while I whipped up some more batter (this time sans chips).
In the meantime I made the frosting and crushed the raspberries for the filling. By then my surviving #2 and #3 layers were cool enough to handle. And I managed to get them out without them breaking. So I started to frost and layer them. But then I realized that the top layer wouldn't have time to cool before the guests arrived. So I made a split second decision to just make it a double layer cake. I figured if we started running out of cake, I could always quickly frost the new cakes (which would be cool by then). Here's how it turned out (plus the cupcakes I made with the spare batter from the second batch):
Now to the conclusion of this story and the dilemma of the extra cake... Well, the double layer cake ended up being just enough. So I ended up with two extra cake layers. Today I decided I couldn't bear to throw them away, so I might as well make a cake out of them. So I did. The question now is, what to do with this delicious raspberry cream cheese chocolate butter cake? (I have to warn you, it will probably be one slice short of a whole cake very soon).