My husband's birthday is coming soon!
I consulted my baking buddy in Manila, Joan, about my plan and we managed to discuss a bit about making nice birthday cakes over online chats. I've been telling myself that I must be successful in executing my husband's birthday cake. I just could not afford to fail this time around. Every layer of the cake I bake for him must be nice. No burnt edges. No uncooked part in the middle. The cake end result should at least taste nice. Best if I could do a nice frosting for nice birthday cake presentations. I. Must. Not. Fail.
Although my husband's birthday is still a couple of days from now, I decided to bake his early birthday cake yesterday because I was sure that finding the time baking a big cake on weekdays next week is going to be tough. Moreover, I just had the Saturday baking mood.
I started baking the first layer of my husband's birthday cake at 11am yesterday. I made the rich chocolate cake for the first layer of the cake. I purposely repeated this cake recipe since it's proven that it would not fail me. At this point everything went well. When I took out the cake from the oven, it was perfect. Nothing burnt. All cooked. The only drama I encountered yesterday was the broken water pipes in the neighborhood. No running water in the house or in the kitchen in particular! I was like, "What the heck? Out of so many other times, why now?" Luckily the water tap in the bathroom next to the kitchen is not connected to the public water pipelines but it's from our private water tank instead. I ended up washing all the baking and cooking utensils bit by bit in the bathroom basin. This water pipes disaster definitely slowed the whole baking processes down.