Hazelnut Crunch Cake with Mascarpone and Chocolate
So Last tuesday was P2's birthday and we celebrated in the Dominican Republic. It ended up not being a great day. He was under the weather and it was raining. We made the best of it, but knew that this weekend was going to be our NYC re-du with friends and better food!!
One thing I knew I needed to do (mostly because of the gentle hints) was get a birthday cake. And that was my first thought... GET a birthday cake! I was going to go down to Chelsea Market and visit one of the great bakeries there.. no way I could go wrong.... Right???
Then it hit me..... I cannot BUY my husband a cake!! I have been to culinary school for f*#!k sake!
Let me just say I am an AWFUL baker. I hate it. I pride myslef on not ever using a recipe. Baking is not my steez!
However... I had all afternoon.. and I figured why not try something new... even if it came out bad I could blog about it. So I hit the food network website and found something I thought would give me a little challenge, and would still be something P2 would like. I did have a couple challenges along the way, like mindlessly sticking my finger in melted sugar(I burnt myself worse than ever before!) and I had to re-do my frosting because I over whipped it, but I wanted challenges so I got them. In the end it came out perfect. I also added my own twists here and there so I made it my own version. So here is my cake and G