Our youngest turned 9 last week and since I had the day off for her birthday, I agreed to make the cake she requested: Red velvet with cream cheese icing AND chocolate with chocolate icing….layered up. OK. No prob. I am sure her vision was something like this:
**image by yumsugar.com
More likely, her visions were of this type of cake…(just imagine some chocolate layers between the red velvet….)
Off to Publix I went. And lo and freaking behold, there was not ONE red velvet cake mix. WTHeck!??! So, I went on my phone, pulled up a recipe (which took FOREVAH–the signal is lousy in that store!) and procured the ingredients. Confident of my preparations and time frame, back home I went.
Turns out, between the two cake batters I had enough for cupcakes, too! BONUS! This was going to be a spectacular cake.
When I began to smell burning cake (8 minutes before the timer went off) I quickly removed the pans and checked for done-ness. With the exception of one pan, everything was ready.
The problem was that the red velvet layer cooked too quickly on the bottom. So I brought out my serrated knife to cut off that portion. The cake itself was moist and lovely, hence…the darn thing began to crumble as I cut off the burnt portion.
The issues continued as the second pan didn’t QUITE come out intact (apparently I missed a spot with the spray…)
I decided on making the best of it. I cut the red velvet layer in two, turned it upside down and began to frost. Then layering with the chocolate layer and “gluing” it together with frosting–there is no such thing as too much frosting, by the way. Topped it with the red velvet layer and then used cupcakes to hold the darn thing together and up (as for some reason it was now leaning to the side…).
As I surveyed the
damage final result, I pondered running back to Publix and purchasing one of their ready-to-go FANCY SCHMANCY cakes, but my husband said, “it will still taste OK.”
As our daughter arrived home from VBS, I Happy birthday-ed her to death, oohed and ahhed over her 9-year-old self and buttered her up for the sell. She paused as she took in the confectionary conundrum, listened to her sister as she assisted in the sell (God LOVE that girl!!!) and turned with the biggest smile ever, “That is so COOL!!!”. Phew. Crisis averted.
**on a side note, my girlfriend recently revealed to me that she often enjoys “Cake in a bag”, the result of an ALMOST thrown away iced cake (can you even IMAGINE such a travesty!?!?!) and that yes, indeed, even if it looks awful, it DOES still taste good. I was clinging to that hope.
So. For now. Martha Stewart has nothing to fear. Give me time and perhaps a little patience, attention to detail and a concern about what other people think…..and look out. So, until then….VOILA!
To recreate this baking WONDER, I pulled the Red Velvet recipe from HERE. As for the rest. Any chocolate cake mix. And throw all your cares out the window and let ‘er rip! Bon Appetit!!
Galations 5:22 -23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.