Monday, August 16, 2010

Blogging and baking

There are professionals who do this blogging thing and then there is me. Grammatically incorrect, less than perfect pictures, unoriginal recipes... the list goes on and on. I love following the professional blogs. They give me a lot of great ideas and the motivation to do things like whip up a cake on a Thursday evening.

Example #1 - The Pioneer Woman

She may be the "Godmother" of blogging. More than anything I love her sense of humor and how incredibly witty she is. Not to mention the woman can cook. I've tried a number of her recipes and everything has been good so far. The best thing about her recipes is how detailed she is and how she shows you step-by-step how to make things. I attempted her Perfect Pound Cake.


I mean, really? Who makes cakes that pretty?

She also does this great up close and personal "cast of characters" pictures of the ingredients.

Here's my try...

I think I need to work on my staging.

The cake however was exceptionally easy. My handy, dandy mixer was a must for this recipe. She suggested mixing after every ingredient... after each egg, each cup of flower, etc. That's a lot of mixing!

And more mixing...

In the end I think it was a success... The cake tasted great! Her cake ended up more aesthetically pleasing than mine did. Although it looked pretty darn great in the cake pan, but that whole turn-me-upside-down-and-let-gravity-do-its-thing took a wrong turn and half of my cake dropped out and the other half needed some help. Here's proof I did grease the heck out of my pan!

I'll give myself an 9.5 on taste and a 3.5 on plating. It wasn't nearly as pretty or picture worthy as hers. So, I'll just leave you with what I aspire to...

(courtesy of The Pioneer Woman - her cake, not mine)


Jenniffer said...

Enjoyed reading through your blog! We just got back from the Food Blog Forum in Atlanta. We learned a lot about food styling and photography. They have lots of lessons and lots of helpful people in their forum. Their site is Good Luck!

Kelly said...

Jenniffer - Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and even more for taking the time to leave me my first comment from someone who doesn't have to love me. (Thanks mom)

I checked out your blog and you are so talented! Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely check out the website you mention.