I am flying through these! It's fun being at my parents house to do this because their kitchen is HUGE, I have 2 sinks, 3 ovens, and lots of natural lighting. And surround sound with the Head and the Heart pandora station playing. I feel like a rockstar.
I actually only have 2 cakes left to make now... the rest are all cooling / waiting to be composed with the other parts of the cakes. Like I said, I'm flying through them.
I woke up this morning and prepped all seven cakes:
And I brought home my kitchen aid so I have double the power/speed now:
Then I started on the mini vanilla bean pound cakes!
Yesterday as I was driving home, I was flipping through the radio and stopped when I heard something about vanilla beans. They said that ice cream prices would most likely go up this summer because there was some vanilla bean crisis so now they cost a lot more. I've been trying to figure out what the vanilla bean crisis is this year so if you know then pass along the info. I thought it was really strange...
So I started with the vanilla beans and the sugar:
Then had to run them through a food processor to make sure they were mixed thoroughly.
Then comes the egg mixture: eggs, milk and more vanilla extract:
Dry ingredients with butter:
Then you mix it all up and you have your final batter! Because it has such a high butter content, Rose said it would look curdled and, as you can see, it most definitely does:
When they came out of the oven, I brushed them with a sugar cognac syrup:
And then they were done!
I've decided to wait until tomorrow to cut into all of them so wait for a giant post tomorrow on tasting!
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