My name is Jill and I am one of the radio interns at Martha Stewart Living this summer. My fellow intern, Cait, and I had our very own Martha days last week and wanted to share what we did with you. Enjoy!
On August 2, I had my very own Martha day at home. I had so many options to do anything related to living. I could have reorganized a closet. I could have gone on a hike. I also could have spent the day weeding in the garden.
Naturally, I chose the most difficult option (for me, anyway): I baked a cake.
I understand that for most, baking a cake is easy and fun. You follow a recipe, put your creation in the oven, and you have a deliciously moist treat. However, my personality inherently makes me an awful baker. I am incredibly impatient. The idea of precisely measuring every ingredient that goes into a mixing bowl makes me very, very tense. I also hate to fail, and if you mix up a teaspoon and a tablespoon while baking, you’re not going to get the result you want.
Since I decided to bake something, I wanted the recipe to be one I would love. I am a chocolate addict, so I chose to make Martha’s Ultimate Chocolate cake (http://www.marthastewart.com/337711/ultimate-chocolate-cake?czone=food/cake-center/favorite-cake-recipes) and the corresponding frosting (http://www.marthastewart.com/318413/ultimate-chocolate-frosting). While I wasn’t able to use Valrhona cocoa, I used the best ingredients I could find and was very pleased with the result.
Another note about my cake: the recipe calls for two round cakes with a layer of the ultimate chocolate frosting in between. I didn’t have two round cake pans of the same size in the kitchen, so I made a single sheet cake. The recipe works just as well, but you will most likely have leftover frosting. I saved mine by putting it in the freezer.
I have included a photo gallery that shows each step of the cake-making process. Hopefully your cake will be just as delicious and wonderful as mine. Happy baking!