Friday, April 13, 2007
Today is Marc's birthday, so I baked him a cake. I love to bake. Fortunately, Marc loves to eat what I bake. And the little guy loves to eat what I bake. I like to eat what I bake too, but I try not to eat so much of it.
Lately I've been into baking bundt cakes. For my bosses birthday a month ago I baked her a lemon blueberry buttermilk bundt cake with a lemon glaze. And then a few weeks ago I found some cooked pumpkin in the freezer (from our fall pumpkins so not too old!) and made a spiced pumpkin bundt cake with a maple cream cheese frosting. This one is very basic, but one of my favorites. I got the recipe from my good friend Sherri and it always gets rave reviews.
WHIPPED CREAM POUND CAKE from Sherri
2 sticks butter
3 c. sugar
6 lg. eggs
3 full c. plain flour, sifted
1 cup whipping cream, do not whip
2 tsp. vanilla extract
OR 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extracts
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, then, add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Add flour and whipping cream alternately. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan, gently pour cake batter in pan.
After placing pan in oven turn the temperature up to 325 degrees and
bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool in pan about 10 minutes before
removing. May be iced, but is very good plain.
I like to top it with a chocolate glaze I found on allrecipes.com.
Satiny Chocolate Glaze
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla.
Spread warm glaze over top of cake, letting it drizzle down the sides.
I had the day off from work today. Marc had to work in the morning so I went over to Forest Park to run a 12 mile loop. I rarely run there on a weekday so I felt like I had the trails to myself. On my way back down Leif I saw a coyote! I've never seen anything bigger than a chipmunk in the park, so that was very cool. At first I thought it was a dog, but as I got closer I could see that it definitely was a coyote. It was coming my way along Leif (which is really more of a gravel road than a trail), but once it saw me it took off into the woods.
I tried out my new flyrocs for the first time. Overall I like them, but for the last 4 miles or so I felt some severe rubbing near that knobby foot bone that sticks out near the ankle. It was only on the left foot and now that I'm home I can feel and see that this bone is a lot bigger on the left side. I'm not sure if that's because the rubbing caused some swelling or if I'm just deformed. It sure doesn't look or feel like swelling. Anyway, other than the rubbing that I think can be remedied with a variation on the lace tying, I think the flyrocs are perfect for a little jaunt on wildwood.
My run today finished out the week (which ends on Sunday) for a grand total of 34. After this easy week, and with three rest days ahead, I think I'll be ready for another three weeks of harder training (including the Eugene marathon) before I taper for the Mac 50k. Marc is running the Peterson Ridge Rumble 60k on Sunday. Hopefully I won't be too jealous and can be a good cheerleader. Go Marc!