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February 29th, 2004
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A baking incident...
Poll #255931 Baking

If my cake "batter" looked more like cooked fudge than uncooked batter, I should have:

called paganmommy,
call my mommy,
given up and prepared to go buy a cake from the store, or
done something else

Enter an action, or actions, if you marked "done something else":

I did the first three, and got my mom. She asked me what kind of cake it was, and to read her the ingredients. I thought she had different "fixes" in mind depending on what the ingredients were...

So, I started reading:
  • 2 cups cake flour [after which I explained the whole "didn't have cake flour, so sifted all purpose flour and hoped for the best procedure I'd used],
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4...cup...milk...OH, SHOOT!!!
Yep, you guessed it...

Under the "well, I did it right, so maybe it softens up and spreads out as it bakes" theory [yeah, right!] I had already had it in the oven for five minutes. I was seeing complete disaster, like throw out, start over, give up...

Mom talked me down, and had me: put the batter back in the mixing bowl, add the milk, start it beating, clean and regrease the cake pans...and then voila I POURED the batter in--instead of coaxing and spreading as before...(ahhh! how satisfying!)

The finished product, which miraculously looks like two layers of cake, are now cooling on the island...

Now...to frost...wish me luck!

Current Mood: relievedrelieved

(9 comments | Leave a comment)

[User Picture]
Date:February 29th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
ha! I wrote in my survey answer before reading the rest of the entry. :-)
Luck on the cake!
[User Picture]
Date:March 1st, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)

it turned out very well...

I showed mom the picture and she was most proud of me and Quinn.. ;)
Date:February 29th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
I am glad you got your mom because I was out hiking! She told you just what I would have told you though. Hutza on the cake! :)
[User Picture]
Date:March 1st, 2004 04:20 am (UTC)

Sounds like the hike was fun...

You can call any time you like--we'll just have to find another excuse than a baking emergency!

Thanks for the advice...it looks like the fizzly baking soda was good, after all.
[User Picture]
Date:February 29th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)

Open up your copy of "Cookwise"...

O.k., so my answer was a smart-assed way to recommend that you *get* a copy of _Cookwise_, then read it before you begin cooking.

_Cookwise_ is one of those "science of cooking" books that addresses why things work the way they work in cooking and it's especially helpful in things like baking, candy making and ice cream making.

Actually, since you're science oriented, you might enjoy the following two books as well (which are less "cook" friendly than they are "scientist" friendly) _On Food and Cooking_ and _The Curious Cook_ both by Harold McGee.

Never Thirst,
[User Picture]
Date:February 29th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Open up your copy of "Cookwise"...

heh..I'll look them up...

in this case, it was a clear case of missing a key ingredient...
[User Picture]
Date:February 29th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Open up your copy of "Cookwise"...

yep... I got that ;-)

Cookwise has charts under each category that she addresses sort of like those "troubleshooting" charts you get at the back of a good software manual.

I find all 3 books really wonderful to have around when you're trying to be creative as a cook. I tend to modify recipes a lot, either for dietary reasons or because I just don't like a specific ingredient. _Cookwise_ lets me do that and know ahead of time what impact the change in ingredients will have on the end results or what adjustments I need to make to make a specific adjustment (like substituting all purpose flour for cake flour.)

Being a good intuitive cook but not being "formally trained" (I mostly trained myself in college), now that I have them I wouldn't want to cook without them!

Never Thirst,
[User Picture]
Date:March 1st, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
If the consistency isn't right it's USUALLY a missing ingredient, so always double check before you put something in the oven. Yeay Mom for talking you down and helping you through that one. Wow, I'm impressed that you did one from scratch. I usually don't mind box cakes despite my foodee gourmetness and pickiness.
[User Picture]
Date:March 1st, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)


mom's are the best!

I didn't want to do a box cake...Part of the fun was working with Quinn to collect all the ingredients and measure and mix.

Plus, well, it was meant as a special gift from Quinn and me, not just a birthday cake for its own sake, if that makes sense...
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