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Monday, July 09, 2012

Cake Debacle


Cakes and I have a Love-Hate relationship! I love cakes. Cakes hate me. Chocolate-vanilla-coffee-raindow-or-no flavor... With eggs-eggless.... Microwave-traditional oven... I have tried it all and failed!

What's funny is my enthusiasm and confidence with which I start baking each time. What's funnier is the end result... Chewy, hard, crisp, burnt, undercooked - I have had it all. The only times, they turn out to be edible are when somebody else is involved in the process. If I am on my own... *boooom*!

Years back, when I was not very well aware of this 'special bond' between cake and me, I invited a friend over to taste the cake that I was about to bake. Two excited teenagers we were- the host and the guest! The poor guy had to wait because THE cake was not quite ready when it first stepped out of the oven. Undercooked - that can be corrected, right! Just a matter of few more minutes. My friend, being my friend, shared my zeal and waited patiently for the second appearance of the cake and his share. The cake was finally set on the table, the knife was ready, 3 eager teens (including my sister) stood near the table, the cake looked good and it was finally the time to cut it. The knife touched the cake but... It never got through! The cake was not a cake but biscuit, only that it did not taste like the latter either!!

The same happened over this weekend. Some spoons of flour, sugar, oil, milk and blah-blah went down the drain. 

The only successful attempt till date remains the one that I baked on Sanket's birthday. Thanks to the Duncan Hines cake mix ;)



Isn't it a decent looking cake? So, for now I have decided to stick to the decorating part of it and leave baking to the experts. ( I am saying this but I know, the 'bake-a-cake' itch can never go away... LOL. Why Lord, why... why do I have to waste stuff in my pantry like this!). Talking about good looking cakes, there are so many on Pinterest that I could not resist dedicating a board for the creamy beauties. Sharing some. For more, please click here.

From Divacratus

From  1.bp.blogspot.com

From Click-Photography

From Cake Wrecks

From Lisa Hubbard

From My Sweet and Saucy

From Wedding Chicks

From No Ordinary Cake

From Cake Central



And before I leave, I'd like to share the link to the recipe I tried - Eggless Chocolate Cake in a Cup! Please don't go by my experience. Check it out for youself, here

Happy Baking to all you successful bakers out there. Got tips? Please do share. I am in need!








5 comments :

  1. I feel your pain. I cannot ever spread the icing without half of the top of the cake coming off and crumbling into it. And just this week I bought cake mix and realized that several months ago I threw away my cake pan. Now what? LOL

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    1. :) So, you can bake while I cannot and I can layer the cake with icing, which is the trouble area for you! Let's team up, Amber for perfect taste and a decent looking cake. What say!! :D

      Hope you found a solution to the pan problem!

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    2. Oh and hubby bought a cake pan. He wanted cake. :-)

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    3. Cool :) and I asked mine to try baking next time, if he wants home-made cake ;)

      Clever girls we are! We know how to get things done ;) Hahhaa

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