SOL Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I am sure that it comes as no surprise to those of you who occasionally read my posts that I like to eat. I am always game for trying new restaurants.
Many of you also know that I also have a weakness for desserts. I enjoy baking and trying out new recipes. Well, last week I was presented with a bit of a dilemma. My brother called and invited us down to his house for a July fourth cook out. Along with us,my nephew’s in-laws would also be there…people we have not met before.
Of course I accepted and asked what I should bring. My brother told me that the in-laws didn’t really care for desserts (a crime in my estimation), however they did like red velvet cake.
Problem—I have never made a red velvet cake because I don’t like them. I have never had a good one. The ones I have had were always dry and crumbly and needed a pot of coffee to wash them down. I don’t even have a recipe for one. So of course I said that I would bring one.
Now, where do I find a recipe for a red velvet cake that might be good. Internet to the rescue. I didn’t want any ole recipe, I wanted one for the best cake possible. So, being in a silly mood, in the search bar I typed “the best ever red velvet cake recipe”. I got a hit with that exact title.
Of course I had to check it out. I did. It looked simple enough so I copied it along with the recipe for creamy cream cheese frosting that went along with it.
Now I had a recipe. But was it any good? I decided that I would have to make one the week before we went to my brother’s just to try it out. I wasn’t about to take a cake that I didn’t think was worthwhile. So I made one. Kathy and I had a slice to check for quality control. It really was good. It was super moist. However, was the cake really good or was it just me wanting it to be good.
I needed some guinea pigs — I mean some impartial taste testers. Luckily we have some friends we usually go out to eat with after Saturday night Mass. I explained what I needed and invited them back to the house after dinner to taste this cake. I told them I needed an honest answer since I was going to make this cake for a family picnic. I needed the truth.
After serving up the cake and eating it they both gave it a thumbs up and said it was definitely a keeper. In fact, they even wanted the recipe. This was all I needed. I made the cake and took it to my brother’s. It was a hit.
So glad the internet was there when I needed it!