Monday, April 9, 2012

weekend food recap

i hope everyone had a great weekend! mine was lovely - drinks with friends on friday night at a new restaurant i have been dying to try, and then delicious easter dinner on sunday!

now for a confession: i am a great baker. i am not trying to sound full of myself - i really know my way around a cake/cookie/scone! that said, every easter i have a baking catastrophe. last year, i used an ina garten carrot cupcake recipe and they came out hard as a rock and i threw them out. this year, my coconut cake recipe from the hummingbird bakery cookbook seemed off. the batter was more like a thick dough, and while the cake layers did puff up in the pans, they were too dense to work as cake (at least in my book!)

i was about to throw them out when the boyfriend suggested that we chop one in half and try it. i begrudgingly agreed, and actually the flavor was great! paired with plain cream cheese, it was like a lovely coconut bread! perfect breakfast fare!

anyway, silver lining: sometimes you try to make cake and you end up with bread. that is still delicious. just not how you thought it would be. a bit of an easter miracle for my type A personality, but there it is!
the fact that i also made a flawless carrot cake may have cushioned the blow :)

now for some snapshots from the weekend:
jacob's pickles (84th and amsterdam - soooo good!)
rosemary vodka lemonade. amazing.
elephant sculpture photo-op
grandnana's deviled eggs (which titus loves, btw)
our easter dinner!
the most beautiful (and most delicious!) carrot cake


  1. i made fresh strawberry cupcakes that were kinda disastrous - but delicious. I halved the recipe but forgot to halve the butter, resulting in dense buttery little cakes that did not rise. I blame the metric system!!!

    1. i also blame the metric system! i think they must have made a conversion error with the amount of flour!

  2. Renee, What a gorgeous carrot cake! A great cake is always a feat in my book;)

    1. thanks, erin! i agree - there is something magical about a great cake :)

  3. Very intersting! follow each other darling?:X