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Monday, February 14, 2011

Blogger/Baker Heather Physioc of Fifty-two Cakes

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How is the response to the blog? Are you getting followers you don't know?

It's gotten a lot more buzz than I thought it would. I've already got 65 followers on Facebook, and I never thought that would happen. And yeah, I'm finally getting people I don't know! I would say maybe 25 percent are people I don't know.

Blueberry cake with lemon cream cheese frosting -- Gut Check is drooling in a most unseemly way. Is there a seemly way to drool? - FIFTYTWOCAKES.COM
  • Blueberry cake with lemon cream cheese frosting -- Gut Check is drooling in a most unseemly way. Is there a seemly way to drool?

In one post you talk about how you learned not to over-beat cake batter. Any other valuable cake-baking tips?

Yeah. Not everything can be substituted. Like when I tried to make Cake No. 4, I substituted that cake to death, and that's how it ended up tasting like scrambled eggs. So, that's one thing: Make sure you have all your ingredients. Sift everything, even if the recipe doesn't tell you to. The biggest tip I have is to plan ahead and take your time. When I get rushed, I get lazy or sloppy and I screw something up.

Oh, and another thing: Always let your cake cool completely.

Was Fifty-two Cakes inspired by Julie and Julia?

I actually saw the film about ten weeks into the project. So I had already made ten cakes before I watched the movie and realized what it was all about. But I totally resemble that girl, especially in that scene where she's flopping around on the floor in the kitchen because something awful happened and she feels like she can't go on. If a cake goes horribly wrong, I feel completely defeated. So I guess it's a little bit like Julie & Julia, but I didn't [set out] to be like that.

Any plans for the 52nd cake?

My friends are like, "You have to do one of those three-tier pie-inside-of-a-cake cakes!" Have you seen those on the Internet?


They bake three different pies, and they bake them inside of three different cakes, and then they stack them. It's the most disgustingly bad-for-you thing I've ever seen, and I might do it. I'm going to need about three helpers to make that happen, though. It's a terrible idea, so I'm pretty tempted to do it. You have to do something really dramatic on No. 52.

After the project, do you think you'll continue baking cakes this way? Or are you done when it's done?

I really, really enjoy it. Cakes are a lot of pressure, but it's becoming almost therapeutic: Every Thursday I'm in the kitchen. No matter what else is going on in my life, I can shut down and just bake a stupid cake. I feel like when it's over, I'll miss it so much, so I'll have to fill it with something. If I do anything, it'll be something like Fifty-two Cupcakes, or Fifty-two Cookies, or Fifty-two Truffles.

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