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If it wasn't completely obvious by my last post, I had myself all worked up about Kindergarten over the weekend.  In my mind, I had imagined every "worst case scenario" and had cried buckets of tears stressing about the "First Day of Kindergarten Event". I told myself to hold it together this morning...no matter what, I could not ruin Jacob's excitement by crying today.

You know what I have discovered? The anticipation of today was ten times worse than the actually event. We have been talking about Kindergarten for so long, and my fellow Kindergarten mom's have been talking about not crying and keeping our happy faces on, etc. Today, when we actually walked up to school and then Jacob confidently walked right into his classroom without even a bit of hesitation, I realized we had jumped over a huge hurdle. Yes - he will never again have a first day of Kindergarten, but he will have many more wonderful other days of Kindergarten. The anticipation of today was completely blown out of proportion... I survived, he survived and we are on with the future.

Another thing I have been anticipating for quite some time is the Devil's Food White Out Cake from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Baking: From  My Home To Yours. I have been drooling over this cake since I first got my copy of this cookbook almost a year ago. I drooled some more when several of you made this cake and posted about it on your blogs. I could not wait to try it, and I could almost imagine how delicious it would be.

Now - please don't kill me, but I kind of feel the same about this cake as I do about the first day of Kindergarten. I had imagined for so long how wonderful this cake would be, and I have to say when I tried it I was slightly disappointed. It is a really good cake, and honestly, after this much anticipation, there is no way the cake would have lived up to my expectations. The cake makes a "Wow!" presentation, and it tastes good...just not out of this world fantastic like I was hoping. 

The friends I made this cake for enjoyed it, so it was a success. I also will make it again but this time I may adjust some of the ingredients a bit to better suit my picky chocolate palate.  

For your viewing, drooling, and anticipating pleasure visit the following blogs for more about this cake:

Other People's Food

Baking Bites

Fresh From The Oven 

Simply Anne's 

Jumbo Empanadas 


Posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 09:27PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments37 Comments

Reader Comments (37)

Yeah, I so hate that. When you have a recipe and you build it up in your mind to what you think it should be like and then it isn't. It does have a great WOW factor though, I agree.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
I totally agree, the cake part was very good, but the icing felt like it was missing something. I will make it again with few minor adjustments.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergigi
Kristen, I wish Jacob all the best on his first day at KIGA! Soeren had his first day at pre-school yesterday. After 2 1/2 years at KIGA he now is a part of the International School here and I too was so anxious about the whole thing!! It'S amazing how cool the little ones are though. I've been eying this cake in the Dorie book but have not brought myself to make it. Good to hear your thoughts on it though!

It looks incredible!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMeeta
Your cake is BEAUTIFUL! And the photos are sooo lovely lately!

Jacob will be so great in Kindergarten - and just think, you'll be slightly more prepared for the next 2! :)
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
I experience the same thing with movies, walk in expecting a great film because of all the hype but walk out slightly disappointed. I'm sorry the cake was a little disappointing but it still looks like a showstopper. :)
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Funny how that works isn't it. The anticipation thing is such a double edge sword.
The cake is a show stopper!
Perfect: on with the future!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
Glad you got through the day!
Your cake reminds me of my mothers's Devil's food cake with Boiled Frosting...my all time favorite!
Anticipation can be the best...and the worst... of almost everything!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkatiez
Hooray for surviving the first day of school, and for making a chocolate cake to celebrate. That's the thing about anticipation, though -- it's often better than the reality. Think about all the movies we see that get such a good hype, and then you walk out shaking your head and thinking, okay, that was an okay movie, but not great.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLydia
It looks mighty good in the photo, but I do agree about anticipation. You are a good mother, Kristen. The first day of kindergarten is cause for celebration.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMimi
Kristen, the cake looks great!
I had this cake in mind for my sister's birthday (last week) but she asked for a cake with strawberries, so I dropped the idea.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
It looks so good Kristen. It reminds me of these packaged cakes (I don't mean that as an insult) I had growing up. Not HO HO's, not Ding Dongs, Suzi Q's I think they were called. I would love to try your version.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjuie lackey
I'm disappointed to hear that it wasn't as good as you had anticipated. Man... it sure does LOOK good. Mmmmmm...

Glad that all went well with the first day of Kindergarten. I was thinking about you!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
Yah for jumping hurdles and succeeding! I knew you could do it. And just think milemarker of his life has a possitive check mark beside it! Next? ;)

So if you had a choice of using either this recipe for cupcakes for tomorrow or using your fudgy pudgy recipe for cupcakes, which would you choose? :D TIA! I'm wanting to make a "mock Hostess cupcake" thing and was thinking of using your fudgy pudgy...
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbluezebra
That actually happens to me a lot, but then again, I am pleasantly surprised at some recipes that I didn't think would turn out so well. Your cake really does look good, though!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
yay! I am so glad things went well on his first day and that cake looks scrumpalicious.
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCountryGirl CityLife
There is just something about them starting school - it's like you really can't say 'my baby' anymore, and you see a lot less of them too - but ne er fear, he'll always be your baby :)
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKelly-Jane
I almost forgot the cake! cake looks like just the right sort of comfort food, as do your rolls and fudgy pudgy from your last two posts, yummy things happening in your house!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKelly-Jane
I knew it was going to go okay - you, the little one and the kindergarden. Yeah!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
Hi Kristen, glad that first day of kindie went well. I know what you mean about getting all excited about a recipe but feeling a bit disappointed with the final result. But you cake does look soooo good!
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNora
It's hard to send off our little ones to school for the first time right? In my experience, my son took him a week before he came into terms that he needed to stay in school for 4 hours.
All through out that week we always ended up fighting and crying :)

I agree with you about the cake. Flavorwise indeed I find it really good but texturewise I feel it was too heavy and dense. I don't like my cake fudgy so I didn't like it on that aspect. Dorie's cake recipes are good but I find Tish Boyle's recipe even better :)
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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