It might be a little over exaggerated, but it was almost like fate finding your recipe! I've always like to bake. I never have the right equipment at home, but when I do it at school, I get a sense of enjoyment.I wrote back, encouraging Kimberly and asking for photos and a report back when she made the cake. Last Sunday, she emailed and sent the photo above. I love her stamina. Through all her travails, she successfully made the cake for Superbowl Sunday – and is going to repeat it for practice. Her adventure in making and using the strawberry and cream layer cake recipe is full of humor and grace:
I hope your website is around for a while. I'm going to be off on my own soon. I want to still eat the many foods I grew up with. I know I'll be coming back to learn more about how to make our culture's cuisine.
Hi Ms. Nguyen,Today’s my birthday, and Kimberly’s virtual cake is a great gift! Thank you, Kimberly.
I don't know if you remember me or not, but I e-mailed you last month about the cake. I planned to do it for an event at school, but it just didn't work out.
Well I finally made one today for the Superbowl!!! I had a lot of fun making it. I forgot to double the recipe, so I found myself making it twice, meaning twice the time!
The most pain painstaking process was whipping the egg whites. I used a whisk, because I don't own a stand mixer. It was my first time used a whisk to make egg foam. I felt so confident the first time. The second time I had to do it, I just wanted to get it over with.
Speaking of egg white, I couldn't find cream of tartar so I just omitted it. I was really worried, because I wasn't really sure what it really did. All I knew that it's a leavener and it's in baking soda.
I over baked my first cake my about 5 minutes. It turned out a little darker than my 2nd one. I guess the saying, you learn something new everyday is true. The 2nd cake turned out much better, it was softer and it rose a bit.
In the second batch, I accidentally mixed in the sugar too fast. I was getting impatient. I kept wondering why it was so stiff! Luckily the vanilla thinned it out a bit.
For the filling, I used orange juice instead of alcohol. I never really liked the taste of alcohol, nevertheless to say I shouldn't be even drinking. I'm still 16!!!
The taste of fresh whipped cream was way beyond my expectations! I thought it'd me the same thing. Maybe it was because I used heavy cream, but it just seems so much richer and... real!
Because I didn't have a flat spatula, I ended up using a chopstick to try and smooth it out. That just proved how Asian I am!
I started at 9 and finished at 11:30 (including cleaning up). [9am-11:30pm, I assume!] I really enjoyed making it, I'm definitely going to make it again for other events or when I'm in the mood for something sweet. =]