Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Decorating Cakes

I suck at decorating cakes! Exhibit A is pictured. There goes my chances of ever being on Ace of Cakes or those Food Network Cake Challenges. (Haha! Yeah right!)

At my husband's work, his team has a potluck lunch every month. The lunches are themed, and this time, the theme was pie. So as the good wife that I am, I made a delicious mousse pie for him to bring to work today. But no matter how yummy it was, it looked funny! =( I didn't want to leave it plain, so I decided to decorate it. Look at my meager attempt. I envisioned it looking a lot better than that. The same thing happened last week when I made my sisters and nieces a giant cookie. I thought it would look like those cookies from Mrs. Fields. Ha! It was impossible. You'd think it'd be easy. But it's not. Not at all! I should just give up making cakes and the like because they will never be beautiful. I suck!

Here is the recipe in case you were curious. The mousse pie is so easy to make and is oh so chocolatey and creamy...yum... My husband's co-workers gobbled it up and demanded that I make it for every lunch no matter the theme. Well, at least, it tasted good. Maybe you'll have better luck with decorating it.

8oz chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 already made graham cracker or oreo crust

1. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup cream to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate and cover.
2. Whip the rest of the cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Do not over whip as it will be grainy (I've done that before).
3. Stir the chocolate mixture until well-blended. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Spoon a quarter of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Stir gently to lighten. Spoon the rest of the whipped cream into the bowl. You can save some whipped cream for decorating like I did. =p
4. Cut and fold until well-blended. Do not stir it! Pour into the pie crust and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Laura said...

Haha. It looks fine! And the cookies last time were a slightly fail because of the icing things you bought. I'm pretty sure they would have looked like Mrs.Field's had we had the proper tools and icing.

No cry.

Tara said...

You are just humoring me! I suck!

What is a "slightly fail"?