Well, last night was MUCH better than the previous one!!! We didn’t get out early…but we did get out on time at 11:30, which is much better than 12:30 I suppose! I really really enjoyed cake decorating though. I’ve never done it before and I think that I liked this better than anything else I have done so far at school. It’s meditative really—you focus on your task at hand (duh, your cake) and it’s more of an art form than anything else. Of course, I’m really not good at it yet…but it’s one of those things that you just have to keep practicing. It was fun to break out the set of pastry pipes that I had in my chef kit and had never opened. I have about every tip you could ever imagine and now I sort of know how to work with them!
Last night was very very basic. We used the chocolate genoise cake for a Black Forest Cake and the plain genoise for a Yellow Raspberry Buttercream Cake. The Black Forest Cake was fun. First, I trimmed the top of the cake off, then cut it into three even layers (MUCH harder than it seems to get it even!!!) and soaked each layer with a kirsch flavored simple syrup, kirsch flavored chantilly cream and cherries. More chantilly cream (whipped cream) on top and finished off with dark chocolate curls, rosettes made with chantilly cream and more cherries. I gave this cake to my friend in another class and she LOVED it! She was so thankful! I’m going to have to find ways to get these off my hands because I will be coming home with 4 cakes a week. And these aren’t mini cakes either! They are each 8″ tall! For the Yellow Raspberry Buttercream Cake I did the same trimming/slicing procedure and soaked each layer in simple syrup, spread raspberry jam in a thin layer and put swiss buttercream on each cake layer. Finished off with more swiss buttercream and simple piping on the sides. This was difficult. I couldn’t get the icing smooth and pretty like my chef instructor!! I guess it just takes practice…I’m bringing this cake with me to work today.
I woke up early this morning, ate half a banana with almond butter, and hit the gym for an upper body workout. I did triceps, pushups, lat pull downs, chest press, fly machine, abs and warmed up with a couple minutes running on the treadmill. When I got back, I toasted up the last 2 of my HempPlus Lifestream waffles and ate them with maple syrup, walnuts and tons of fresh fruit! Yum! I also had coffee…my eyes are sort of sinking in my head because I didn’t sleep that well last night. I slept fine until 5, but then I tossed and turned and yelled at Dexter that was making noise and jumping around. Finally just got up and hit the gym at 7.
For lunch today I packed an almond butter/jelly pita with an apple and a soy yogurt for a snack. This pita seems MUCH messier than the previous almond butter pita I made a couple weeks ago. I don’t know how I will pull this off by eating it, answering the phone and typing on the computer at the same time but we will see I guess…
Enjoy your humpday!