Does anyone know what NVIDIA graphic drivers are? I didn't. But apparently when they stop working, your computer will crash in the middle of a beautiful, sunny day while you are uploading all your camera's food photos. Good times. I also learned that working in 'safe mode' is creepy. Everything is lopsided, and out of focus, and the screen takes on an eerie sepia tone. It feels like you've stepped through Alice's Looking Glass, or if you're like me, the way the world looks when you're not wearing your contacts. Thy sweater is not thine cat.
I don't know if my computer is ok or not. I'm writing this on Saturday, just in case it decides to die. But I really hope that it won't! *Update: It has.* I've received so much support from people regarding my last blog post. Thank you, everyone! It really helps to know that people are pulling for me to chase after a crazy dream. I just hope my computer doesn't fail just before the big finale. *It did.*
This week's fancy, fabulous Tuesdays with Dorie cake was chosen by Amy Ruth. Thanks, Amy! My first attempt at this recipe didn't turn out very well. Oven 1: Valerie 0. I didn't have a long enough loaf pan and the cake was baking over the edges like a washing machine with too much detergent. I neatly cut away the dead areas of the cake but it couldn't be saved, the middle was undercooked. Mary, of Mary Mary Culinary, suggested using a cake pan. Thank you, Mary! I went with an 8x8 inch square pan instead (just because the edges were higher.)
The cake itself is seductive, thanks to sour cream and a lot of chocolate. The middle is coated with a sumptuous layer of warmed raspberry jam that the cake soaks up like a hungry sponge. The best part of the show is the irresistible chocolate and sour cream frosting. Luckily I made too much and had to clean out the bowl with a spatula. :) Just as Dorie says in the book, this dessert looks and tastes much more complicated than it actually is. For the recipe, please visit Amy's blog, Amy Ruth Bakes.