Sunday, May 27, 2012

Patriotic Cake---gone wrong!

Remember a little while back when Claudia posted her post about the chocolate balloon bowls. Well, I cannot let her go out on that limb alone.  The lesson learned was that sometimes we try things and they DON'T turn out the way we expect.   
That was this cake for me.  We all know I love cake and that sometimes I dream about cakes.  I had big dreams about this cake.  In my head it was sooo beautiful! My husband is a retired Marine and I wanted to make him a special cake for Memorial Day.  I even went out and bought a special cake pan. 
Lesson #1: Pregnancy and baking sometimes don't mix.  Do not be ambitious about anything when you are two weeks away from having a baby.

Lesson #2: If you buy a cake pan, be leery about buying them at Marshall's or Home Goods.  There is a reason they are discounted.  Even though for the record, these are two of my very favorite stores. 

Lesson #3:  The type of cake pan is really important. The ones made by Wilton are the best.  Do you want to know why?  Wilton knows cake!  The lighter the cake pan, the better, glass or aluminum is going to give you the best results.  The really dark ones, like the one I bought (I should have known better) make your edges and bottom dark, even if the cake is perfectly cooked.

See those edges...this was the start of the cake gone wrong.
Lesson #4: Stick with your go-to frosting if that is what you are used to.
Don't get me wrong, this cream cheese frosting was amazing.  But I detoured from my original plan because of the red velvet cake.  Then I did not like it...
By the time I got to layering the cake, I gave up and just made a lazy cake.  This design on top was a complete waist of time since I ended up just throwing some sprinkles on top.  But it looked cool for a minute.

Lesson #5: Don't mix textures of cake.  I made a white box cake for the white and the blue.  Then I made a red velvet cake from scratch for the red.  Worst mistake ever.  It made the cake just wrong.  Not only did I have different textures, but different flavors.  And to add to the mayhem, I made a virgin recipe (one I had never made before).   My husband always tells me that you have to make something quite a few times before you have mastered it.  I get lucky quite often because it is a good recipe.  But that is not always the case.

You can see that the red velvet is much denser than the other cakes.  For me it spoiled the whole cake.  I think I don't like cakes made with buttermilk.  If you are interested in any of the recipes or directions, comment here and I will send them to you.  Here it is in all of it's not so glory... 

It is still pretty and very patriotic, I will give it that :) 

Thank you to those who have served our country and to all of those who have lost their lives.

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

Happy Memorial Day,

1 comment:

  1. Bummer when things don't go totally right-but it looks so pretty :)



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