Saturday, February 12, 2005

Music to Bake a Cake By

I knew it was only a matter of time before I got tagged. And I agree that this is a great way to get friendly with blogging buddies. Of course, I couldn't do this without baking a little something to go along with it. Not to mention that I was determined to make a more successful cake than I made last time; I wanted an actual cake!

So I tried a yogurt cake once more. It worked! And it was delicious.

I adapted this from a recipe for Chocolate Marble Cake, which was originally adapted from Alice Medrich's Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts. It is super, super easy. Very moist, too!

Almond Yogurt Cake
2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar (I used superfine, but plain white sugar is fine)
1 large egg
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9" cake pan with cooking spray.
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Mix in yogurt and almond extract until mixture is smooth.
Stir wet and dry ingredient together until just combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until tester just comes out clean.
If you use an 8" pan, it will take a bit longer to bake. I think this is probably an extremely adaptable recipe in terms of add-ins and different flavors.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
Quite a bit - around 7 gigs.
The CD you last bought?
The Wicked Soundtrack. I saw it last summer in New York - amazing!
What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?
Candice Alley's song Falling. I was in Australia when her first album was released in 2003. I have no idea if she's doing well, but that song is great.
Write down five songs that you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
Travis Tritt It's a Great Day to be Alive
Chopin Fantasie Impromptu
Poe Hey Pretty (original and remix)
Anything from the Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
Most country music. That's right - I like country.
I'm so glad I don't have to justify all these songs! I'll just say that they all make me feel good.
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
This is going out to:
the relatively new Skinny Epicurean.
Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess
and Dr Biggles at Meathenge (do I need a reason?)
Good luck guys! I'm going back to my cake.