so you've seen "nailed it" on netflix, right? the show where they bring on amateur bakers and have them recreate some sort of crazy concoction usually made of cake and fondant and assorted decorations, which usually results in hilarity because it's just so ridiculous. well, they started doing a "nailed it at home" challenge - you buy a ticket, which gets you a box full of (almost) all the ingredients needed to put together a fun themed baked treat that you assemble while on a zoom call with a host and the other participants.
you know we had to do this. we love watching the show, although i'm definitely no good at cake decorating. that's been proven time and time again. heh. i was pretty excited when the goodie box arrived, just a few days before the day of the challenge.
the first two steps of the process needed to be completed a few hours before the start of the zoom call, so on saturday morning i pulled everything out and mixed up the batter to bake the cake. this is also when i realized that i didn't have a basic 13"x9" cake pan in the house. i don't even know how that's possible. i ended up using the one pan i had that's slightly bigger, and i just hoped the cake wouldn't be too thin.
here's the instruction card i was referring to, with a picture of what the finished cake would look like.
when it had cooled fully, i sliced the cake as directed. it baked beautifully, and luckily wasn't as thin as i'd thought. body and wings, ready!
the bean came out to join in the fun, and we logged on and waited for the party to start.
a few minutes later, we got to see how many other people were playing along. there were a LOT - which makes sense, considering this was a virtual event and you could join in from pretty much anywhere.
our "show producer" appeared next, to welcome everyone and then introduce our host for the hour - cathy ang, one of the actresses in netflix's "over the moon."
we started the decorating process by spreading frosting all over the whole cake. this wasn't easy, with the cake so soft and fresh and the frosting slightly stiff and thick. the logical step here would have been to thin the frosting out a little, but we were on limited time and just worked with what we had.