Jon says he wants to make a cake, and who am I to argue?
I mean, we had all day Sunday. He chose the Lincoln
Cake from my recipes page, (which was actually stolen
Anyhoo, he knows he'll need a couple things from the store,
plus a cake pan, a mixer, and a sifter. The couple things
from the store weren't too bad, but compile that with
the bundt pan, sifter, mixer, and our lunch, and things
started adding up. And we were driving all over the place.
I wanted to get something for Soo for her birthday and
it was at the Broadway Mall, and we had to get something
for Jon's parents for a Thank You gift, plus some stuff
for Sean, plus parking downtown, blah blah blah. Okay,
so we finally get started on this damn thing in the afternoon
and MAN you should SEE how much work went into this crazy
thing! Like seven steps AFTER all of the running around!
Jon was the baker and I assisted by eating almond paste and reading the directions outloud for him a couple times. We changed some minor things - using ground espresso instead of instant coffee (Pause here, and consider the differences between the two. It did have.... um.... an effect). I think it should have baked for 50 minutes instead of 60. Otherwise, what you see above is the actual creation. Not bad, eh? It was our dinner (by the time all the steps were done, it was about 9:30 p.m.)
I took it to work and a few people enjoyed it, and Chris LOVED it. We even posted our comments to epicurious.com here. If you make the Lincoln Cake for yourself, lemme know how it turns out for you! And how many hours it took!
We also saw the band Cake at Bumbershoot a week later. ......Coincidence?