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!