What inspires you?

September 26, 2015

I am a visual person and get inspired easily.  My kitchen is bulging at the seams with recipes that I swear I am going to get to.  Then, bam, a new recipe comes along and bumps one down the list.  Now, add Pintrest and other food bloggers I follow to the mix and wow – my plate overfloweth.


And inspiration doesn’t just come by way of recipes.  Take this birthday cake I made recently for my three-year-old grandson, Rowan.   He loves cars.  He eats, sleeps and breathes cars (well, and baseball).  I saw these little chocolate cars on Pintrest and knew instantly I had to put them on Rowan’s cake.


Then I started thinking, I didn’t just want to have a flat cake with roads.  And then I thought of my sister, a landscape architect in Charlottesville, VA.  She and her partner designed this really cool keystone stone bridge, Saunders Bridge, that is the entryway to Monticello.  I decided I wanted to recreate that bridge as part of Rowan’s cake.  It is a bridge and underpass all in one.


I baked a regular 9x13” cake and frosted it.  I also baked a dome cake (I used a dome pan (see photo of unfrosted cake) to make the bridge.  If you don’t have a dome cake pan you can bake the batter in a Pyrex bowl (you will need about 6 cups of cake batter either way). 


I hollowed out the tunnel part of the bridge, frosted it and then applied the chocolate rock candy to replicate the stones on the bridge.  I wanted to use crushed chocolate wafer cookies for the roads but couldn’t find them so I used crushed graham crackers instead.  And I think it worked out for the best because it was easier to see the little Snicker bar cars.


Does it look like it came from a professional baker?  Heck no.  Did my grandson love it?  Yes!  Winner, winner chicken dinner!


Where will your inspiration come from next?



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