Inspiration, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative."
For the first installment of Anna's Bake Off, Anna Olson has asked her fans to make her Earl Grey Chiffon Cake with Maple Meringue (or add your own creative flair). She also asked that we keep tea time in mind for our photos and talk to her about what inspires us.
Well, I went the creative route and made a couple little changes to the recipe. First of all, I halved the cake recipe as husband and I have no will power whatsoever and would devour the entire thing between the two of us. I used David's Tea Coco Chai Rooibos (amazing!) as the flavor base for the cake, used some vanilla sugar I had kicking around, and I traded out the lemon zest for orange zest. I also added some sugar shards as a garnish to finish it all off.
As for my inspiration, well, can you see the springtime tea pot in the background there? Well that springtime tea pot represents my spring baby, who made his début just 10 weeks ago. In such a short time this little bundle has changed my life incredibly and he has come to inspire me in so many ways. His adorable giggles are proof that I can do the hardest job in the world and that alone inspires me to throw myself headfirst into any other challenges that come my way. Boiling syrup - why not? Making meringue - no problem! This kid's momma can do anything :) (Well, she can try to anyway)
Just an FYI - this was my very first attempt at a chiffon cake and seeing as I had never made one before, I didn't have the proper tube pan in the kitchen. Although the end product was delicious, because I couldn't cool the cake upside down, there was a certain airiness missing. So my advice to all you chiffon cake newbies - get the right pan!