Have you ever been working on a cake, and everything that could go wrong, went wrong? I seriously hope not, because I know what it feels like. And it sucks. From the wrong ingredients, to running out of ingredients, to the cakes not rising, and so on. So let me tell you about "the worst baking day ever".
*I'm writing this in the car, so yes, I have successfully left the house. Whoo!
Yesterday was my parents' anniversary, so I decided to bake them this awesome three layer cake. One layer of champagne cake, one layer of vanilla and one layer of strawberry. It'd have this beautiful pink ombre look to it to, I was so excited to bake this cake, I even went out and bout 2 more cake pans to help the baking process go by faster. I finally uncovered my recipe book from one of the many packed boxes scattered throughout my parents' house, so I knew it was meant to be! Man was I wrong.
I made my way into the kitchen, set out the butter and eggs to come to room temp before gathering the rest of the ingredients. So let's start with what went wrong. The recipe called for unsalted butter and I only had salted butter. No problem. I've worked with salted butter in this recipe before. Next, I ended up getting more egg yolk instead of egg white in my batter. I thought about scooping it out, but I decided against it. You typically need strawberry puree for a strawberry cake. Well, guess who didn't have any? If you guessed me, you guessed correctly! And between a vanilla cake and strawberry cake, I even managed to run out of vanilla extract. Luckily me!
Can I tell you about how neither my champagne or strawberry cake rose in the oven?! So I'm pretty sure it was the consistency of the batter that caused the problem. Apparently champagne and freshly blended strawberries just don't cooperate with the batter. i pulled them out of the oven and maybe on an inch was of cake consistency. The rest of it was rubbery! I promise I've successfully completed both of these recipes before.
Although everything that could go wrong, went wrong, I tried my hardest to pull through and make something of the vanilla cake. So I made mini cakes. They weren't pretty by any means, but I did the best I could with what I had. Each cake was two layers and I crumbled the baked part of the champagne cupcake and spread it between the cake layers on top of the buttercream. I managed to do the worst crumb coat in history with a spatula. Not an offset spatula, but a rubber spatula. Once the crumb coat set, I tried to put on the rest of the icing but that didn't work very well either. However, I was able to pipe my parents' initials on the tops of the cakes.
I guess the moral of the story is, never bake when you can hardly function and be sure to use the correct ingredients. But moreover, make due with what you have! I didn't have jack-squat but I was able to pull something out of it by the grace of God! Whew!
It's Friday, so head out to lunch somewhere fun today or hang with your friends tonight. Just don't try to bake a cake. It'll drive you crazy 😜
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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