It has officially been a year since I started writing this blog. I can’t quite believe it’s been that long, but here we are. To celebrate a year, I decided to bake myself a cake, (um, is that really different than any other day?) and I’m asking for something from you in return: a comment. If you’ve never left one before, now’s the time to do it. If you always leave one, feel free to leave another. If you know me personally and think you don’t have to comment, make an exception today and leave one. It doesn’t really matter what you say, but I’m curious to know who’s out there, so if you want to tell me how you found your way to my little blog, where you’re from, your favourite food, what you’d like to see me make in the future or something completely different, it’s all good! And I promise I won’t ask for another comment for at least a year.
Perhaps you’re looking at my archives list and noticing that it only goes back as far as August, that’s because I started Jumbo Empanadas on a myspace page, (hangs head in shame) because I didn’t know any better. I quickly learned that Blogger let me do more things and was much easier to use so I made the switch. I also transferred all of my old posts to my blogspot site, so everything is here, from the beginning.
I knew that whatever I made for my 1 year cake would have to scream Go Big or Go Home. I think this cake does that effectively. It’s a combination of not one, not two but THREE Dorie recipes. I can’t get too much of a good thing. The white cake layers, raspberry layer and white buttercream icing are from Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake, the chocolate layer is a recipe I adapted from her chocolatey nutty sour cream swirl bundt cake, (I made it a pistachio swirl with more chocolate and in mini bundts so I had leftover which I made into this cake layer) and the chocolate frosting layers are actually Dorie’s recipe for bittersweet ganache. When you put all of that together you’ve got one serious cake, which is not for the faint of heart. With all of the work I put into that cake, the least you could do is leave me a little note!
On a final note, (and I’ll try to keep this brief, I’m not one for mushy stuff) thanks to everyone who’s visited over the past year. As I wrote in my first post, I originally thought bloggers and the whole concept of blogging was just weird but I’ve since changed my tune. I’ve really enjoyed writing, cooking and photographing over the past year and have been completely blown away by the kindness and encouragement I’ve received from others. I think I’ve been most surprised by the sense of community among bloggers and I’m continually shocked by the fact that anyone cares what I’m writing about and that you actually take the time to read my blog. So thanks again, you make me happy! Now let’s go eat some cake.