I made this chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream, chopped toffee, and sea salt…. and then I shrugged my shoulders. It wasn’t very good…. a personal shame that I’m willing to share with you. I actually think that making a bad chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream is a crime in some states.
I should have just eaten the toffee and skipped the cake. I did, of course, eat all of the toffee off the top of this cake before placing it in the refrigerator to forget about until late next week. I’m sorry. I’m a work in progress.
I hope this finds you enjoying an extra mellow Sunday morning with perhaps more coffee than usual. I curated some of the Internet for you. It goes a little something like this:
• Was this August really the worst month ever? Social media studies can give us the answer. The answer: kinda yeah.
• This week I listened to a Fresh Air Podcast from earlier this summer: Kidnapping Is a Lucrative Business for Al-Qaida, Documents Show with host Terry Gross and journalist Rukmini Callimachi. It’s a testament to how important and how dangerous foreign reporting can be. Really interesting.
• Jon Stewart is back and THANK YOU!
• Have Twitter and YouTube become the editors of the information we receive? The New Editors of the Internet.
• The Emmys were last week which means red carpet madness, juice cleanses, designer dresses, jewels for days and… what on earth is a mani-cam? Why we should ask women about more than their dang dresses! What are we even doing…. for real.
• Louisiana… we’re Losing Ground and that’s a fact.
• Southern cuisine has its nuance and you best get it right. I’m learning day by day. The Real Reason Sugar Has No Place In Cornbread
• What would James Bond drink in New Orleans, from writer Sarah Baird and bartender Abigail Gullo.
• I’m starting the book & Sons next week. I’ve read as much as I could in the Amazon preview and I want more. Classy, right?
• From Grad School to Jail. Too real? Too real.
• On a scale of 1 to totally weird, where are we on this Crystal Skull Shotglass ?
• These Super Power Vegan Collard Wraps looks healthful and super delicious! I definitely want to make my own version. They’re the opposite of doughnuts and I love it.
• Favorite recent podcast discovery: Slate’s The Gist. Informative and funny smart-talk.
Get all up in this day!
Joy, thank you for not just being a kick-ass baker, and hilarious podcast-maker, but also a woman with conviction who isn’t afraid to share information on these mega important issues in the world. As a woman who both loves the kitchen and is a super NPR nerd/political junkie, I saute you!
hahahha! i see what you did there… (and i love it!)
The Queen of Dreaming
Lovely post as always, totally agree with the terrible august!
Karleen Armstrong Lewis
I fell in love with your blog many, many years ago because of my obsession with baking, but I’m loving it even more lately because of posts like these. You’re sneak-peek at what you’re reading and listening to show what an intelligent and conscious brain you have!
I think cornbread is a lot like gumbo – you like whatever your grandma made and that’s just how it is (except that I argue with my grandmother over gumbo, so perhaps I’m just contrary by nature). But I love a little sweetness to my cornbread. In fact, I recently had cornbread made with Steen’s at Toups Meatery in mid-city and now I have a new perspective – why use sugar when you can have cane syrup?!
A Toast to the Good Life
YUM. I LOVE this idea. Beautiful, inspiring photos. Looks delicious!
Thanks for being so honest! I really appreciate when bloggers let you know what doesn’t work as well as what does. Anyway, I’ve seen a lot of other beautiful recipes on this website that I’ve been meaning to try :)
Emily @ Life on Food
Happy Monday!! So sad about the cake. Sometimes when I don’t have a winner I chop it up and make an ice cream sundae.
Diverse round up of thoughts as ever Joy – lot’s of good reading and food for thought. Have a great week.
I second what Cait said! I think it’s really cool of you to expand your thinking and therefore writing beyond food because it IS real. Love you!
Crazy Cake (a super dense, moist, chocolate cake) with peanut butter frosting is a birthday party staple in my family. Super Awesome! I could give you some pointers if you’d like ;) (I kid, I kid!! I’m a super novice baker!! :) )
Make another cake, do a vanilla butter cream then in the center filling place chopped miniature peanut butter cups ice rest of cake using chopped heath bars on top. Now I am hungry. Paulette
Looking at your links I can’t help but think – you’ve become a lot more serious since moving – or were you like that but I just haven’t noticed? I like it, though!
i think i’m just sharing more of that side on my blog lately. real life is hard to ignore.
Sometimes a ‘meh’ cake is okay when you just need a chocolate and sugar hit. Sometimes it is a disaster. Like my less than stellar, and then crumbled on the floor, bundt cake last week. These things happen.
Also, I am an Amazon preview reader too. I love knowing what I am getting myself into before I add it to the basket.
Hope your Sunday was lovely, from the future here in Australia Monday is pretty good too :)
Natalie - Paper and Birch
well the cake definitely looks yummy! I’m super excited about Jon Stewart too – love him!
This is a brilliantly curated list. Thank you so much!