Happy Move-In Memories!

So, I’m back from North Carolina and helping my sister (Codename: DSN Engineer) move into her new apartment! On the food front, we dined out several times, and I brought her to several of my favorite haunts from when I attended Duke. But several of our dinners consisted of dishes I previously made on my blog that she wanted to try, including Shrimp Pesto Pizza and My Go-To Beef Daube. However, her sights were set higher when it came to dessert because DSN Engineer wanted a 7-layer cake frosted with white chocolate buttercream. I was more than happy to oblige but to be honest, I was working at a bit of a disadvantage. The buttercream recipe called for a meringue base with melted white chocolate. Everything started okay until I realized we hadn’t purchased a new hand mixer. I attempted to hand whisk the meringue into stiff peaks, but after about 30 minutes of whisking and very sore arms, no luck. So, I gave up and bought a hand mixer. Once I returned, the meringue firmed up immediately, but I forgot to re-heat the white chocolate and part of it had cooled into a semi-solid state. So, there were bits of solidified white chocolate in the frosting.It actually tasted pretty good with the chunks of white chocolate! As for the layers, I’d never evened out layers of cake before, so my attempt to eyeball it without having a serrated knife wasn’t the best. But, I think the cake turned out pretty good for my first try!It also turns out that DSN Engineer’s apartment is near several Indian food stores, so I made a total score by picking up some spices that would’ve cost me a fortune in Chicago! This bag of green cardamom pods only cost $3.50!While this garam malasa only cost $1.00!I can’t wait to make more Indian food, especially some cardamom ice cream with my ice cream maker. DSN Engineer has already commented that I can come back and make her more food with the spices!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jay
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 00:02:01

    That looks soooooooo good n inviting dear…I wanna try this..:)

    Tasty Appetite

  2. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 02:58:29

    That is an awesome cake! Welcome back!

  3. kitchen flavours
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 03:10:36

    A beautiful rainbow in a cake! Very pretty! Would love to have a slice! I love cardamom! Enjoy your spices!

  4. Three-Cookies
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 03:15:30

    As a bonus the garam masala is clean, fresh and pure:) Note to self, if the label does not specify its clean, take extra precautions:)

  5. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 03:33:43

    Well done for being persistent with the meringue and the mixer, the resulting cake looks incredible! I think if I asked my sister to bake me a 7-layered, 7-colored cake, she’d point me to the door – and vice versa. I’m also happy for your cardamom and spice stash, can’t wait for that ice-cream post because I also want to make it. Will wait for you to test out a good recipe first, though…*winks*.

  6. Pudding Pie Lane
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 04:13:33

    Wow! Firstly, very impressive on the hand whisking front, even if it didn’t whisk up, that’s still big perseverance on your behalf! Secondly, you made that rainbow cake?? Well done!! It’s really good 🙂 I’ve been meaning to make on for ages but never gottten round to it. I hope it will be as good as this!

  7. Inger Wilkerson
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 06:52:22

    You are the nicest sister ever! Help moving and a 7 layer cake in a brand new apartment (probably full of boxes…)

  8. Cakelaw
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 07:14:32

    OMG – what a phenomenal cake!!!! I wish someone would make something like this for me. It’s so pretty.

  9. kitchenbelleicious
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:02:06

    Oh my gosh can you come make that cake for me! It looks AMAZING! Absolutely amazing! i need you for a sister but since that is impossible can you be my best friend . You know our house is for sale and we might be moving soon! Hiint hint! LOL!

  10. Prissy
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:12:58

    The cake actually looks really, really yummy!


  11. Eileen
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:41:40

    I didn’t expect to see a rainbow in your cake! I LOVE IT. That looks like fun to eat. It also looks like a whole heap of work. I can’t believe you tried to make meringue without a mixer!!! That takes some dedication. I get tired of whisking after two minutes–I can’t imagine enduring for 30 minutes. Great job!

  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:41:59

    That cake is impressive. But I say next time do a double rainbow. Could you imagine cutting that? That store sounds impressive. I’m trying to get into cooking Indian food more. And I need to stock the pantry.

  13. spicegirlfla
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:56:00

    What a gorgeous cake! How perfect that would be for a birthday party, or really any celebration! I admire your baking under less than perfect conditions, i.e., in someone else’s kitchen, but the end result was beautiful!!

  14. Mary
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 09:47:33

    That is the most BEAUTIFUL cake – amazing – you are brilliant!
    Mary x

  15. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 10:08:18

    Your cake is amazing! White chocolate buttercream sounds delicious too! You are a good sibling to have. 🙂

  16. saffronandhoney
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 10:42:14

    That looks so fun! And very professional 🙂

  17. Mary
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 10:51:58

    That is a truly awesome cake. I’m impressed. I hope your sister was too. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  18. sara
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 12:11:10

    Gorgeous cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so awesome! 🙂 Also – I love the sound of cardamom ice cream, can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  19. Trevor Sis Boom
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 13:48:20

    Well I just love love LOVE that cake! Go figure… 🙂

  20. pachecopatty
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 14:48:36

    This is the funest, most colorful cake I’ve laid eyes on, wow what a beauty!

  21. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 15:20:16

    Such an amazing cake! You should be so proud of yourself for accomplishing it AND for trying to whip it by hand. You crazy girl! I would never attempt that…never. I am just too darn lazy. Same with the 7 layers. I am so impressed!

  22. Peggy
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 18:11:15

    I love that colorful cake! You did a really good job on it =)

  23. rebecca
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 19:15:30

    wow what a great sister you are to help her move and amazing cake

  24. Simply Life
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 19:37:46

    oh that cake is too fun!

  25. Liz
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 19:42:19

    LOVE the cake…oh, my, it’s a stunner! And great scores on your visit…we needed those cardamom pods a few weeks ago!

  26. Christy
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 21:10:25

    What a colorful cake!!! It looked like the crayons have made their way there…it really caught my eye the minute I arrived at your page!:D Great job..really, COLOR-FUL!:D

  27. Kathy
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 21:35:09

    A rainbow cake…how very special! I agree that you are the nicest sister! Great post!

  28. Ker-Yng
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 21:48:57

    I like your colourful cake too! You are a wonderful sister!!

  29. forgottenbeast
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 10:03:05

    LOVE the cake, so pretty! And chunks of chocolate in frosting sound pretty darn good, definitely wouldn’t view that as a mistake 🙂 Jealous of your garam masala, I’ve been looking for it everywhere and can’t even find an expensive version, much less a $1.00 offering!

  30. Cooking Gallery
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 11:38:55

    This cake lookd GORGEOUS…!! I love the rainbow colour :D)!

  31. Parsley Sage
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 14:24:11

    Wowsers! I love that cake! And seven layers. That’s fantastic. I would need at LEAST 3 slices 🙂

  32. chunklet's mom
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 16:22:57

    The cake looks amazing!

  33. Alexis @ There She Goes
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 06:18:46

    this cake is so coool!! i would love to make it for my friend’s bday this weekend!

  34. Elaine
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 07:12:35

    If you hadn’t pointed out that there were small chunks of white chocolate in the meringue, I don’t think we would have noticed and I bet it did taste good because you could taste the chocolate that way. Your cake looks beautiful! I love the vibrant colors.

  35. Andi Winslow
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 07:23:07

    Never tried to make a cake so high! Mishaps always happen in every kitchen. I think I need a section on my page for “don’t make again total failure” That is life we just keep cooking….Thank you for visiting my page and your support Andi

  36. sonia
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 10:06:50

    Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  37. Ameena
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 11:35:39

    I have tried and tried to make meringue but I’ve concluded that I just don’t have the patience. What a beautiful cake! And congrats to your sister the DSN – she sounds brilliant!

  38. Mary
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 13:20:00

    You are a better sister than me to even attempt that without a mixer! As a fellow cardamom and all-around spice addict, I spend a lot of time haunting the aisles of my local Indian food stores. Luckily they’re not too far away!

  39. Tanvi
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 17:19:31

    This cake looks wonderful! So colorful & so much of hard work to put it together.Kudos & welcome back!

  40. maureenatorgasmicchef
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 18:12:59

    I would be so afraid it would fall over in a heap 🙂 What a great cake!

  41. Angela
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 21:21:00

    I love the colors in the cake. It reminds me of a box of crayons:)

  42. High Heels and Good Meals
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 22:44:05

    I Absolutely LOVE the look of this cake! SO colorful! LOVE IT!

  43. Vardhini
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 23:50:33

    Oh my .. what an impressive and colorful cake .. love it 🙂

    Event: Dish it Out – Spinach and Garlic
    Event: Healthy Lunchbox Ideas – Broccoli

  44. Louise
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 07:44:17

    Well it sure sounds like you had a memorable visit. I for one am truly impressed with that cake! I can’t even manage a two layer cake most times:) I think the bits of white chocolate may have added a bit more texture and a pleasant surprise.

    I haven’t attempted an Indian meal for Marion and I yet but, I’m working on it. I just found an Indian store in State College I need to check out.

    Thanks for sharing…

  45. sanyaliving
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 08:17:34

    Absolutely the coolest cake ever!

  46. Yuri
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 17:38:32

    That cake looks perfect! And who would complain about white chocolate bits in their frosting? Not me 🙂

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