remember when the bean and i did the nailed it at home challenge a few months ago? well, they had a "to all the boys i've loved before" themed version, and this time the old lady joined me for the fun. the now-familiar box arrived via fedex just a few days before:
and just like last time, there were a few tasks to complete before the live portion on zoom began. first up - bake the cake. i dig this part because it's like having a sous chef who pre-measures everything for you so all you have to do is dump it all out and get to work. i mean, it's not really hard or super time-consuming to measure ingredients out, but still...this is extra easy.
i got the cake in the oven and moved on to making the cookie dough. i figured - well, sugar cookies, right? easy. i've done that a bazillion times. except that the process as described in the recipe was different from how i do things. still, i resisted the temptation to do things my way and followed the directions like a good girl. the dough was a little dry and crumbly, but i wrapped it up and put it in the fridge as instructed.
making the frosting came next. this was a very simple buttercream that mixed up like a bag of cement, and i ended up adding a little extra milk to make it a little more spreadable.
by then the cake had finished baking and cooling. the last step required to be done before the virtual event was to cut it out into one 6" circle and four semi-circles, and i found that the piece from one of my small cake pans was perfectly sized.
my reward? snacking on the leftover cake scraps, which both of the girls enjoyed along with me.
just before we joined the zoom call, we laid out all of the remaining items from the box.
we were admitted into the virtual room right at noon, and just a few minutes later we were joined by chef jacques torres and anna cathcart, one of the cast members from the movie.