I love frosted cake. Even with 7 food allergies (gluten, dairy, soy, cane sugar, egg, vanilla and nutmeg) I can bake tasty, allergy free cakes which I LOVE to eat. I consider every holiday a 'cake occasion' or at least a cooky occasion if a cake occasion will occur in the same month.
Today is my birthday. Because we'll be busy all day attending church, seeing a movie, shopping and having 'birthday' dinner at PF Chang's, I made (and ate) my birthday cake yesterday. I hadn't baked a bundt cake since my husband's birthday 2 years ago, when I made a lemon poppyseed cake with lemon glaze. We enjoyed that cake so much that I wanted to try a recipe for apple spice bundt cake.
I like to 'enhance' recipes. Besides the suggested cake batter ingredients (all gluten/dairy/soy/egg free), I substituted finely chopped pecans for raisins (one of my husband's allergies). Instead of vanilla (an allergy for both of us), I used my favorite 'ginger peach' flavor. I also added ginger and cardamom to the recommended cinnamon spice. I always substitute beet sugar or coconut palm sugar for cane sugar in recipes, because I'm allergic to cane sugar.
I totally changed the recipe's glaze. I tried combining maple syrup with powdered sugar (per the recipe), but I hated the flavor (icky sweet). I always taste what I prepare, esp. glace or frostings. LOL Rather than the sickening sweet syrup/sugar combo, I decided to add some Earth Balance soy/dairy free spread (like a soft margarine) and more ginger peach flavor, I spent awhile adding and tasting, before I created the taste and texture I wanted, but I liked it. While the cake cooled, I refrigerated my version of the 'glace'. Later before dinner I set the glace on the counter to soften a bit, because refrigeration hardened it beyond spreading. Even after an hour at room temperature, I still had to spread the glace rather than pour it. However, after the glaced (frosted?) cake sat on the dining room table, while we ate dinner, the glace began to melt and run off the cake just a little. So we'll store the cake in the refrigerator.
I enjoyed the cake part, but still thought the glace/frosting was too sweet. My husband suggested that I just scrape off the frosting, when I cut a piece of cake for myself, and put the extra frosting back on the cake or cake plate. He assured me that he would take care of any extra frosting. LOL I suspect I will enjoy the frosted cake on a day when I haven't been preparing and tasting frosting. I can easily get sweets overload!
I won't mention my age, because I feel healthier and more energetic than I did 25 years ago. Age is relative and most related to mindset. My ACIM lesson for today is "I could see peace instead of this". That's my favorite lesson so far. I may find situations in which to practice that today.