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 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!