today I had a flop
it's my birthday this Sunday & i've been envisioning this beautiful dark chocolate cake with macerated cherries & vanilla buttercream. last year, i started my own little tradition of baking a birthday cake for myself because duh, self love. unfortunately, it looks like i'll be breaking the tradition this year because i totally forgot the baking powder. i pulled 4 prepared cake layers out of the oven & immediately knew something was wrong. they didn't taste awful but it definitely wasn't cake. i didn't have the time/energy to remake it so whatever. hopefully, next year i can bring the tradition back.
anyhow, i thought it was worth noting because i know how discouraging it can be to put all your creative juices & energy into something that doesn't turn out. know that it happens to the best of us & it's NOT a waste of time. with every cooking/baking experience you learn something new. so whatever you do, don't give up.
so let me tell you about something that you can't possibly mess up: coconut butter. have you heard of such? it's pretty delicious & totally different than any other spread i normally eat. basically, you throw a bunch of unsweetened coconut into a blender/food processor for a long time & you end up with a new smooth, velvety texture. so fun! you've got to try it.
nutritionally, coconut butter is called butter for a reason. it's got a decent amount of fat in it so think of it as any other nut butter.
oh & i smashed some cherries on top.
as always, thanks for being here & reading!
place coconut flakes into a food processor // process for 5 minutes & stir around to get the flakes on the side // continue processing for another 5-7 minutes & stir around // continue processing 5 minutes or so until texture is nice creamy & smooth
unsweetened coconut flakes, 2-3 cups