I’m not much of a baker. When I sign up to bring something to a party, I rarely am the one who says, “I’ll bring dessert!” I did recently discover how cool it is to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake in my 10″ Buffalo Nickel Lodge cast iron skillet, so I made that for a picnic a few weeks ago. I am capable of baking, but I lack the patience required to do anything that looks fancy. Sometimes I try fancy things, and they always taste pretty good, but don’t look much like the beautiful recipe I was trying to emulate.
A couple of months ago, my husband and I stumbled upon a relatively new show on Netflix, Nailed It! This show is such a trip. The hosts (especially Nicole Byer) are hilarious, and everyone always seems to have so much fun. Whether it’s intended to be or not, it is a bit of a spoof on some of the Food Network baking shows. The contestants aren’t professionals, at least not professional bakers, and they are given these challenges where they have to make this fancy cake. It’s quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time.
The results from the contestants actually sometimes look pretty good, and almost always better than what mine would look.
When I was a teenager, my cousin was visiting from Chicago for the 4th of July. We found a picture of a beautiful stars and stripes cake in one of my mom’s cooking magazines, and thought it would be really fun (and pretty) to make. I believe the recipe we chose was an ice cream cake, though my memory of exactly what it was like escapes me a bit. I do remember what our end result looked like, and I am lucky enough to have a photo! (Hang tight, I’m saving it for the end.)
First, I thought it would be fun to show you some photos of beautiful stars and stripes cakes made by some professional bakers. (The photos are clickable to their respective recipes, if you are so inclined to give one of these a try!)
Aren’t these beautiful?
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here is a photo of the cake that my cousin and I made, in July of possibly 1993.
We Nailed It!