So, I should never brag. Ever. I was so excited to make some delicious, home-made cake for dinner with our choir friends (um, months ago. Sorry.) that I should have KNOWN it would all go awry.
Attempt #1: The carrot cake:
Delicious recipe, and I've made it before. Unfortunately, the tester was deceptive, and I came out with a medium-rare cake. Sure, it was delicious, but it sure wasn't anything I'd serve anybody else!
Attempt #2: My no-fail, amazing, people apparently dream about it chocolate cake (here I go again).
Where to begin??! I forgot the sugar, which I realized about 20 minutes into baking. Attempting to stir it in to my half-baked cake did NOT go over well. After that, I baked for the prescribed amount of time, only to once again have an under-done cake. I think I'd rate this one at medium. This has prompted the hubs and I to consider an(other) in-oven thermometer, just to make sure the thermostat is functioning properly. I digress.
Attempt #3: The grocery store had a sale on pound cake and strawberries: Buy one, get the other free. Sold. We now have dessert.
Now, I did go ahead and bring the chocolate buttercream, just melted a bit in order to make it into more of a sauce. I also made some fresh whipped cream, so that, fresh strawberries, fresh peaches, chocolate sauce, and a store-bought poundcake made for some delicious dessert.