Wednesday, December 07, 2005

alles gute zum geburtstag!

today i will cook my father a birthday dinner in honor of his birthday this saturday...

in celebration of his his german heritage i am making the following:

rouladen
sauteed red cabbage
potato dumplings
sour cream gravy
german chocolate cake

and to round it all out a delicious and heady german beer served up in big old heavy steins...

now the cake has already surprised me in that when i think of german chocolate cake for some reason i always remember it as being kind of a heavy or dense cake...but it's not...the batter ends up being so very light in color, and the way it is constructed with a gentle folding of egg whites in at the end makes it a very light and almost fragile batter...regardless of the cup of butter!...

it also calls for a tablespoon of baking soda which seems like a lot, but works in giving the cakes that *fuzzy* kinda acidy chocolaty taste we associate with a german chocolate cake...

and seeing as the recipe for the frosting calls for 8 egg yolks and does a 10 minute cooking stirring kinda thing, not to mention the addition of neary 2 cups each of coconut and pecans i do believe it is the frosting that gives german chocolate cake it's heavy quality...

(i could make a really great joke here, but alas i am out of time for such pursuits)

today is also the birthday of le petit prince!!!...my darling little godson is a year old today and couldn't be more charming if he tried...of course with his parents he couldn't be anything but charming...and slightly off his rocker...

i have a child to collect from preschool, a child to haul through the rest of the school day, a latin test to administer, a frosting to make and a dinner to assemble so i am off...

enjoy the day and i'll save you a piece of cake!

x.

2 comments:

laura in iowa said...

nothing lures me in like descriptive food talk. if digital cameras lurk in your home, you must photo that frosted cake to share with those of us who only know german cake as the stuff out of the betty crocker box...

x. said...

my darling lala, i am so proud to say that it was indeed as delicious as it was beautiful!

though, it is moments like this i wonder why it is we DON'T have a digital camera!

x.

p.s. doesn't everyone love betty in a pinch or as a rule!...can't beat her!