April 13, 2009The Easter Lamb of 2009
So, in the last post I had mention how ticked I was at the tradition of the Easter Lamb Cake. Well, not at the actualy tradition itself, just at the stinking lamb pan I inherited from my grandmother that keeps failing me year after year. The worst part is, the pan is the cutest little art deco lamb ever. It is just my lack of skill that makes it fail.
I decided that I should post some pictures of the lamb’s construction, so you can all see the tragedy unfold, and then be fixed again.
Here is the lamb pan that I both loathe and love, and it is filled with delicious carrot cake batter and it is ready to bake. I have already figured out the ear issue, now if I can just remember it for next year. Instead of putting batter into the places for ears, I have to let the batter fill the ears as it bakes. I know that. I learned it ohhh…5 years ago. I just have to remember it when I am making the cake!
Here is the lamb cakes cooling. Note the lack of ears. And the ears that are there aren’t actually attached. Here is the crumb-coated lamb at the beginnings of the decorating stage. And yes, he is sandwiched with cream cheese icing and sitting upright. About 20 minutes in the freezer led to this miracle. Here is is, all decorated and waiting for Easter dinner. Sorry about the poor light, but it was late when I finished. The ears that you see are from cut up Peeps that were supposed to be for Hubs’ Easter Basket. The rest of the non-mauled Peeps are “artfully” scattered around the platter. I know it isn’t the most professional job, but cream cheese icing is softer and really doesn’t do the slick piping job that buttercream does. And it is only me and Hubs this year for dinner, so I wasn’t too worried about perfection.
Speaking of Hubs, he was lurking throughout this whole procedure. I was busy decorating the lamb when he called out, “Do you need this other cake?” The carrot cake recipe I make is large, so I baked the rest in a 9 inch round and was going to freeze it when it was cool. So I said, “Nope, it is headed for the freezer.” 20 minutes later, I walked over and found this:He had eaten the center out of the cake. The center! He said, and I quote, “You can just fill it in with frosting.”
Well, now I have learned two valuable lessons this Easter. 1. Peeps make good ears in a pinch. 2. If Hubs asks me if I need a cake in the future I am going to say, “Yes! Don’t eat it!”
Hope everyone had a good Easter!