Sunday, May 1, 2011

Adventures in Baking, Part 3

Part 1 : Pre-new cookbook was the "never fail" chocolate pound (flat-as-a-pan)cake. Which failed in spectacular fashion.

Part 2 : Post new cookbook, while John was still here, was a "Classic 1,2,3,4 Cake". Personally I am old enough to be considered "classic", at least age wise, and had never heard of this cake. I used the modifications listed and made it a Santa Fe spice cake. Yummy cake, it didnt fall but I used marscapone in place of the traditional cream cheese so the frosting tasted good but was a bit soft ( read sloppy and mushy ).

Part 3 : John is gone, I am bored and decide to try a Swedish butter cake, flavored with lemon. All goes well in the beginning. All mixed, baking, rising.....lovely. Until I tried to take it out of the oven. I had inadvertently set my hot pads in water. Wet hot pads do a really amazing job of heat transfer.....straight from the pan to my fingers. In the process of dropping hot cake onto the counter to stop fingers frying, I hit the rolling pin ( its made of marble and is very heavy ) which rolled off the counter and broke...not the marble and not the floor...but the handle. Naturally with the dropping, the cake broke into several pieces. BUT.....the cake did not fall so, all things considered, its a success, right????

One of my children suggested when I first moved here that perhaps adult supervision would be a good idea. I have no idea what she was talking about.


  1. Your have heart, I have to say that. I take it you love a challenge as much as you like to bake? Bake on!!!

  2. Sister Jen ( sister of the heart, for sure ),
    It is not so much the idea that I love baking as the idea that at this altitude, I can't. Hrumph. ( Very cranky sound, just in case you wondered....).
    I will do matter how many pounds of flour or eggs ( banging head on keyboard )it takes.
    Will keep you posted.
    Bless you for your understanding ( my husband eats the flat stuff and says its "great" ). You know I will keep trying : )
    God bless,

  3. P.S.
    The other fun part I forgot to mention was the crushed eggshells. I had been washing, drying and crushing eggshells since just after John left....not tons but a good portion in a gallon freezer ziplock bag. These were to fertilize with.....( next time I will buy fertilizer, tyvm ).
    When the blazing hot cake pan hit the counter ( prior to the rolling pin rolling ), it landed on the edge of the plastic bag holding the mostly crushed eggshells. Which promptly melted. Stuck to the pan and when I tried to pull the pan away, unleashed an amazing amount of shell all over the floor. Much as I coaxed, poms do not eat egg shells. Muttermumble.
    Then the rolling pin rolled, etc.