Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

So the Wise Old Owl says, "You CAN have your cake and eat it too." I just have to figure out how to do it all--without overcooking the cake.

You see, once again I was struck by the baking bug. . . Not good for my diet but so yummilicious for my fam, well it should have been. Unfortunately both cakes were a little over done. Not burnt - just dry. That is the definition of an overdone cake: "dry".

So many people tell me they don't like cake. The truth is they've just had bad cake. It doesn't have to be burnt to be bad, when it's dry--not burnt--it's just overdone cake. Those dried out slices of sin are actually overdone or they wouldn't be dry and you wouldn't be needing a glass of milk to wash it down. You'd want another piece of moist--melt-in-your-mouth fruity flavor.

Anyway, I was so busy preparing my cakes--from scratch--that I wasn't paying enough attention to the baking process. I was making a banana cake--which I have never had not turn out--well, never say NEVER 'cuz that day was today. The other cake was supposed to be a wonderful lemon poppy seed cake with a lemon and coconut buttercream frosting. The frosting was yummy--the cake--not so much, 'cuz like I said, it was overdone.

In fact, they both came out...disappointing. And with about 25 people coming to celebrate Luke's graduation, it was another one of my not so famous cake failures. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

I guess my problem is, I just want it all...cute cakes that taste moist and, well, delicious 'cuz if I'm going to eat it, I want it to be worth those approximately hundred-thousand itsy-bitsy calories I'm going to need to run about 10 miles just to burn off and stay even.

But there's always tomorrow. (And remember, if you don't have a cake pan that is large enough for your cake, all you have to do is cover some cardboard or wood in aluminum foil and WAH-LAH wonderful serving tray for your cake ;)


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

They ARE cute! I always like cake--but you're right, it can come out dry sometimes. I swear by the Cake Doctor cookbook. Never was disappointed and I've made over half of the recipes in the book.

David Batista said...

I bet the cake was *still* yum, tho. Certainly looks it!

In commiseration, I baked a huge batch of triple-chocolate and fudge brownies yesterday that came out DIVINE! I mistakenly had FOUR because I wasn't paying attention.

Okay . . . I WAS paying attention and it was NOT an accident. :)

Kimbra Kasch said...

David: that made me laugh :-D and to commiserate with you, I ate a piece of both my cakes and neither one was very good :(

GG: I'll have to look at the Cake Doctor cookbook - never seen it. Thanks for the tip.

Christina Farley said...

Okay, those are ADORABLE!!!!! I'm so amazed at how talented you are. I have the same problem as you. I can't seem to make a cake by scratch nice and moist like the mix ones. If I ever do, I'll blog about it. You need to promise to do the same!

Stephanie Faris said...

SO cute! Who doesn't like cake? I've never heard of such a thing! Especially chocolate cake. Yummmmmmmmmmmm.

Kimbra Kasch said...

Christina: I don't know if I'm going to practice much - I'm trying to lose weight but I can't when I have no willpower and even eat crummy cake :( but if you figure this delimma out, let me in on your secret.

Stephanie: Right...like who doesn't like cake but people tell me they don't - including my niece - who will eat all sorts of strange stuff :( maybe if I can figure out how to make an irrestible cake ;) then I'll turn her from the dark side

Christina Farley said...

No ideas here! If only they made cake with no calories!

Kimbra Kasch said...

Christina: That's one problem I'd be willing to work on the only problem with that would be you'd never get me away from the cake. I'm already a sweetaholic - seriously.