Cake Wrecks

I recently stumbled upon a great blog named Cake Wrecks. The blogger has a funny comments and a sense of humor when she writes about the cakes. This blog is funny and talks about cake decorating failures. There are some nice cake decorating successes in there, but it’s just amusing for the failures.

 

I mention this because I tried to decorate a cake for an occasion, and let’s just say everything went wrong. It was a cake wreck….

 

Fail 1: I baked a chocolate bundt cake with cranberries and nuts mixed in. I did oil the bundt baking pan. However, when the cake was finally ready to take out, it wouldn’t come out. It turns out that the bottom of the pan/top of the cake was stuck to the pan. Alas, when the cake finally came out, the top of the cake at the bottom of the pan didn’t quite make it.

Solution: Just flip the cake backwards and ice the whole darn cake to hide the mistake.

Fail 2: So, apparently, whipped cream is just too soft to decorate anything complicated. Previously, I had only worked with frosting/icing which is stiffer.

The white on the cake looked ok….but then the decorating fails after that.

Fail 3: Why did I go with violet? I wasn’t originally planning on using the strawberries, but… should have gone with red….

Fail 4: The red came out pink…I guess I really needed to use more food dye…

Fail 5: Those flower petals look more like blobs than petals….thanks to the softness of the whipped cream.

Fail 6: The border of the cake didn’t do so well either due to the softness…

Fail 7: I tried to draw leaves onto the strawberries on the bottom of the cake. Some of them look like monsters.

After reading about all these fails, here is what the cake looked like.

 

Cake Decorating Fail

Cake Decorating Fail

My Writing Process Blog Tour!

Helloooo, readers and/or fellow bloggers! It is a couple days until the Ides of May! Oh dear… wait, that should be Ides of March. Wrong month… Anyhow, I digress!

I am excited and honored to be invited to the My Writing Process Blog Tour! I was invited by Ada of More Food, Please! Thank you, Ada! Ada’s blog has some nice restaurant excursions and recipes (especially those professional look macaroon and wrapping ones). Those pictures will make your mouth water. :p

So, what exactly is this mysterious blog tour? I was clueless too! Well, it’s really more of a relay marathon as opposed to a rock star or sports tour. It’s basically a “pass the torch” on each date to give bloggers opportunities to showcase and share their blogs as well as pass the baton and spotlight to others bloggers! So, these are the basic steps: 1)  another blogger nominates you and tells you which date you will be making your blog tour post, 2) You agree and prepare your post as well as find a few other bloggers you would like to feature in your post, 3) Write your post to thank your nominator, answer four questions, and then provide the feature presentation of the bloggers you are passing the torch to!

Ah, so now that I’ve explained the general process, here are the questions that are to be answered.

1. What am I working on?
I recently just moved to another place, but there has been a lot of flooding lately in the area. Let’s just say…most of my belongings are still in boxes or were placed back in boxes and stacked to prevent my stuff getting wet. So, my next step is unpacking once the flooding is gone…and hopefully gone forever! (I wish). It’s sad, but it took me a week to find my toothpaste. Don’t worry… I did have toothpaste to use during that week before I found my packed toothpaste.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I started the blog off to be a DIY blog, but then I realize everyone is DIYing in some way whether it comes to writing or cooking or etc… So, it’s become a DIY blog on anything. I try to focus on food and crafts.  I also tend to be informal when I write and slip in some bad puns, which you’ll probably realize if you read them.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I enjoyed writing when I was younger, but then school, work, and other responsibilities took over. Blogging is a way for me to get back into writing and explore “blogging” in general since I’m relatively new to it. It is also a way for me to share without using social media such as Facebook or Twitter. As for the blog posts, in addition to sharing, I’d like to keep a record for the future on stuff I’ve done….just in case all my stuff gets flooded. -.-;
4. How does your writing process work?
There isn’t much structure here.  I just tend to write if I see something interesting or if I want to write about something I created. If I need pictures, I take care of those first before completing the writing. If there is some research involved, I’ll take care of that too. I’ll write whatever the wind whispers to me…haha…just kidding.
Well, that’s enough on me! Let’s move the spot light onto these bloggers, who may choose to feature themselves next week!
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LFFL has some amusing outtakes on life, food, and fashion. While some of her posts may highlight things we all find distasteful, she always finds a way to be amusing about it.
The Doodle House follows a couple in Austin, Texas, who have been remodeling their own home DIY! Check their blog out for nice ideas.
Curls & Carrots‘s Shanna always has some nice concoctions and recipes on those tasty concoctions to share. Check out her blog for yumminess for sweets and savories alike!
Oh, and instead of popcorn, in lieu of summer coming….have some of this. It’s an interesting idea…probably not too healthy, but what can you expect from a cake made of ice cream sandwiches!

Gizmodo's Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Source: Gizmodo

Enjoy!

28 Pun-tastic Teacher Gifts

It’s just too bad there’s no “WordPress” share button on non-Wordpress websites. So, I’ve just copied and pasted the links and front page picture here.

But anyhow, this article is pretty punny (Click the picture to get to the Buzzfeed article). I will say that I did appreciate my teachers, even my math teachers. You see, I used to hate maths, but then I realized decimals have a point. Sorry! I actually never hated math that much. It came easier to me than writing. Which gifts are your favorites?  I like Numbers 5 with the cookie, 7 with the latte, 15 with the donut, 17 with the berries, 21 with the light bulb.

 

BuzzfeedTeacherPunCover

 

Buzzfeed Article Cover Picture

Source: Gabby Noone, Buzzfeed

Macraproni Grill: A Tale of a Macaroni Grill Letdown


Image Credit: Picture taken from Barrie Summy’s blog. Hehe. The blogger states that it was a result of microwaving mac without water.

 

This is not a DIY post at all,  but this incident was so outrageous I had to post because it has been bugging me a couple of months now. A couple months ago, I visited a friend in Northern Virginia. Having stayed out for a while, we lost track of time and found ourselves looking for a place to eat dinner at around 8pm. My friend suggested Macaroni Grill, a place I have never tried.  I can’t remember what day it was, but I think it may have been Friday. Any way, it’s supposed to open til 11pm on Friday and Saturday and until 10pm on the others days. We got in at about 8pm.

The restaurant was dimly lit for mood lighting reasons, I suppose. The service was slow and terrible. It appears that only one waiter was waiting even though a couple more were standing off to the side. Mind you, I am not familiar with the restaurant hierarchies. Some of them may have been bus boys, but I don’t think so. We had two different waiters come by, female and male. The male waiter ended up being our waiter, but after waiting for so long for him to come back, the female waiter took our order for us.  The food was absolutely mediocre. Maybe it also took longer to make because it wasn’t peak hours. The whole experience was so bad I can equate it to waiting for Godot..except Godot actually shows up and is terribly disappointing.

Here’s the part that rubbed both my friend and I the wrong way. Restaurants are in the service industry. While waiting for our food, the lights were suddenly turned up really brightly. We heard laughter from the staff. There were other customers in the store beside us. The “mood lighting” was gone, and the brightening lights seemed to be a sign that they were going to close shop. Basically, they were trying to kick all the customers out before closing, which by the way wasn’t even close. It was maybe 9pm.  My friend and I left around 9:45pm after we ate as quickly as we could.

I will never ever go there again, if I somehow end up in that state again. I also do not recommend anyone to go there unless management/worker attitude has changed. Clearly, the workers  and manager there do not understand the idea of being in the service business. While I understand it may just be a job to them, acting the way they do will certainly not help the business. Less business equates to them potentially being fired due to lack of capital. Needless to say, I did not tip them well. I should have not tipped at all, but it didn’t feel proper.

 

ImprovArtz’s Rating of Restaurant:

Location : Virginia (I think it was Alexandria on the Kingstowne road because I was thinking about how they were acting like kings when I heard about the road name..sort of but not really…in their attitudes. )

Service: Almost nonexistent

Wait to Order Food: Long

Wait Time for Food: Long

Wait time for Drinks and anything else you ask for: Long

Lighting: Dim until they want to kick you out and turn on the lights to the brightest setting to blind you

Food: Mediocre

Who knows… maybe some other location might actually be decent, but this location, assuming I got it right, should probably be closed.