As you may know, I usually like to make the title of my post the title of the recipe. It keeps me from having to be creative. Well, I just made up that title. The actual title, as best as I can tell, is as follows: I’ve Felt Better but it Took Longer and Cost More.
Seriously, I can’t make that up.
For tonight I guess I have to step aside as the Queen of the house. This recipe is from Jill Conner Browne, otherwise known as a Sweet Potato Queen. It’s been a long time since I read her books, but if I recall correctly you can find them in the humor section of the bookstore. I also vaguely remember that she has a firm belief in the four major food groups being salt, sugar, butter, and bacon. I might be off a little. I think I’m supposed to have cheese in there somewhere. You get the idea. In case you don’t, I should tell you that this recipe comes from her book which is two-sided. One side is the Wedding Planner and the other side is the Divorce Guide. I totally get that. I often say that I never believed in divorce until I got married.
Let me tell you about this cake. I really thought I was going to get a chance to redeem myself with last week’s sheet cake mess. This is pretty much the same idea, except it’s in a 9×13 pan, and it has coke in it, and marshmallows instead of nuts. Well, it’s the same in the sense that you frost it while warm.
I thought I needed proof of the marshmallows. Note to self: next time make sure there are no spaces in between these little guys. This is a situation where more is better.
Back to my redemption. Maybe you can tell that it doesn’t really look like there’s any frosting. With the sheet cake I made the frosting too thick and with this one — you guessed it — it was a little too thin. Here’s the silver lining: once it soaked in there and cooled, this cake had the perfect texture of a chocolate glazed crueller from Dunkin Donuts. Jake declared this the best ever and said that whenever we go somewhere or have company I should make this cake. I’m not sure that he realizes that that means he has to share it with other people.
It’s been awhile since I read these books, but I do remember one thing clearly that I learned from JCB. She introduced me to the concept of the running-over teaspoon of vanilla. The concept is that vanilla is so good you should not stop short on the pour. I have been drinking from that well ever since.
Eat Well and Savor.