Anyways, back to my cake affair. My love of cake generated the exponential growth of cake decorating the past couple of years. So much so that I catch myself begging people to allow me the privilege of baking cakes for them. Yes, I actually beseech people to indulge my cake infatuation. Sad, but true. (I just love cake!)
Can you imagine my excitement when a dear friend of mine took me up on my offer? And not for her six year old son, either. Uh-uh. This request was for her husband. A lover of baseball. I happily dug out my sport ball cake pan and decorated him a baseball cake.
I think I shall divulge a dirty little secret of mine. Brace yourselves. Are you ready? (this one is a doozy so I admonish you to really and truly brace yourself with something...a chair...maybe hold onto the desk. And by all means set the coffee cup down before reading further.)
My secret? I use a cake mix when I decorate cakes.
Whew! What a relief to finally say that. And yes...you read that right. I use a cake mix when decorating cakes. But that is IT! I promise you. I need "from scratch cakes" when they are for eating (and not merely pleasurable viewing). But when I spend hours decorating cakes, I need to cut the time down somewhere so that is where it happens. The cake mix.
This week I felt the need to bake something "Autumnish" but not ho hum-ish. You know? I wanted something pumpkin but not pumpkin pie. Catch my drift? Sadly, I did not own half the supplies for the desserts I salivated over, so I settled for a Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze (from my Better Baking cookbook).
I hesitated showing you this delicious cake because I remain a little unsure whether or not the glaze is supposed to look like that. Typically when I see the word "glaze" in regards to frosting or icing on a cake, I picture a runny, liquid substance that flows down the sides of the cake. I had to pat this "glaze" down with my fingers. Something amiss, perhaps?
But I didn't let that stop me from eating the cake. Chloe and I had a tea party with all her dolls and bears today during which we