Neiman Marcus Cake
The best part about living in a different country from where I grew up is that I come across new and unique things almost daily, even after seven years of living in DC.
On a recent shopping trip a friend told me of a cake called Neiman Marcus. A cake named after a department store, only in America. Being a gay he denied ever eating it (although you’d never guess) so he wasn’t sure what was in it or if it had any relationship to its namesake. However, he was kind enough to find a recipe for me — knowing my love of spending money and food it seemed like the perfect way to keep me from an afternoon at the mall.
Apparently my lack of baking skills really showed with this one — check out what happened after the jump.
The recipe is simple enough, a box cake mix topped with half a pound of cream cheese, a pound of powdered sugar, two eggs, two tsp of vanilla extract and a cup of pecans. Bake for 40 minutes on 350.
I can’t really figure out exactly what happened as I don’t know. I made the boxed cake mix as per the instructions, mixed the other five ingredients and layered the cake mix over them. During the baking process the sponge started to take over the cream cheese. I’m guessing the cheese was too heavy for the mix. My twitter plea went unanswered.
I thought about tagging this as a Friday Fuck Up — but you know what, it tastes fucking amazing, the smoothness of the cream cheese and the crisp sponge that engulfed it is a great combination of textures, almost like a sweet and tangy cheese sandwich.
Keep this cake in mind on your next shopping spree, and always buy one size up — I do.