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Old 07-08-2015, 08:26 PM   #91
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Our friend's adopted baby turns 1 on saturday. Tonight I'm baking him a smash cake for a professional photo shoot that she'll be doing with him Friday. It's going to be a plain white iced cake with vibrant layers of red, blue, green and yellow inside. It should look cool in pictures!
Please share any pics with us.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:39 AM   #92
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Today I baked an Ann Page Spanish Bar. It came out exactly like the original A & P cake they used to sell for 39 cents, back in the fifties.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:31 AM   #93
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Today I baked an Ann Page Spanish Bar. It came out exactly like the original A & P cake they used to sell for 39 cents, back in the fifties.
A wonderful food memory!
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:50 AM   #94
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I went shopping with my daughter yesterday. Her husband is not doing very well. It has been ten years since he had the cancer. But the chemo was so strong, it all but killed him. She asked me about letting him borrow my wheelchair. He is still in remission, but he is losing ground fast. His joints are crumbling and he can barely walk.

So this weekend I am going to make a three layer Hershey's chocolate cake. My daughter just retired and they have always planned on having a good retirement for both of them. Doesn't look like it is going to happen. My daughter said that he is losing ground not only physically, but emotionally as well.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:43 AM   #95
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I made the cake last night and let it cool down. I made up the frosting last night also. Well, this morning, I uncover the cake and got the knife to even off the top. I stopped! I don't want my cake to look like it came from a bakery. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be. I want them to know I took the time to make my SIL's favorite cake because I care about him. He has given my daughter one heck of a good life. And for that I am forever grateful. He has given her the American Dream. And if just making a chocolate cake in my kitchen makes him happy, then I am more than glad to do it.

It is not the prettiest cake in the world. But it sure looks inviting. That is okay with me. And I am sure it will be the same for my daughter and her husband. So the dome stays. And no, I don't want the cloths that you wrap around the pan either that help keep the dome off when baking. I want the cake to look tempting and delicious. And it does.
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SO is making whoopie pies to take to her brother when she visits.
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SO is making whoopie pies to take to her brother when she visits.
I haven't had a whoopee pie since my school days. My mother would put one in my lunch every so often.
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I haven't had a whoopee pie since my school days. My mother would put one in my lunch every so often.

I actually do not care for them. I made myself a chocolate eclair dessert for myself yesterday and that was all I needed.
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Made Cook's illustrated's blueberry pie today. The texture was spot on, juicy but not at all runny. I'm hoping that the pronounced lemon flavor mellows a bit in the fridge overnight, it was a bit much. If I make it again I'll just use the juice and not the zest of the lemon.

The tapioca and the apple together made a perfect filling, exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately the flavor, for me was off a bit. Maybe I'm more used to the Maine style that is a bit more plain where you just taste the blueberries.

https://www.americastestkitchen.com/...-blueberry-pie
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Made Cook's illustrated's blueberry pie today. The texture was spot on, juicy but not at all runny. I'm hoping that the pronounced lemon flavor mellows a bit in the fridge overnight, it was a bit much. If I make it again I'll just use the juice and not the zest of the lemon.

The tapioca and the apple together made a perfect filling, exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately the flavor, for me was off a bit. Maybe I'm more used to the Maine style that is a bit more plain where you just taste the blueberries.

https://www.americastestkitchen.com/...-blueberry-pie

Thanks for sharing, bakechef. After my blueberry pie fiasco earlier this summer, I'll give this a try. The tapioca and apple should take care of the filling and the vodka will help with my crust.
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