Warning: Humble brag ahead.
Oh, screw it. I’m gonna all-out brag.
Look at the amazing cake I made:I know, right? Looks like I bought it. Not! I made it with my own two hands (and my mother’s 9-inch cake pans — they’re in the mail, Mom).
This almost-perfect Chocolate Torte was created with a recipe from Mom’s Cook’s Illustrated. Cook’s Illustrated is a production of America’s Test Kitchen offering the very best recipes for nearly everything (it’s where I learned how to soft boil an egg perfectly and in only 6-1/2 minutes, for example). I’m not going to give away the torte recipe Yvonne Ruperti worked so hard to test, but you can click here to learn how to subscribe.
You might forgive my pride if you remember the cake I tried to make for my Beloved’s birthday a few years ago:Let’s just say Ruperti’s illustrated step-by-step instructions were invaluable in recreating this moist and fudgy torte I made for my book club friends. And it took only 5 hours.
That, my friends, is the reason I’m returning Mom’s pans.
Savoring a few pieces I have left. But not gonna make it again.
OK, not to totally demoralize you, let’s return to the humble brag (defined as “an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud,” I’m not gonna lie — here comes the self-deprecation). I also made Brave Girl’s Club Krispy Pops for my little book club soirée (because, well, not everyone is a fan of the world’s richest chocolate cake, no matter how awesome it looks).
Let’s just say (if you’re still saying stuff along with me) that these babies were a Pinterest Fail:
After attempting to form the marshmallowy Rice Krispies around a Rolo and getting covered up to my elbows in stickiness, I gave up on making round pops. I put the Rolos in a candy bowl — take that, surprise inside! Pressed into a pan and cut, my square pops were too soft and top heavy with white chocolate and sprinkles to actually keep my sticks in place — they kept getting droopy like so many old men.
Whatever. They tasted good.