free web hit counter

Monday, April 10, 2006

In an Effort to Make Me Feel Better, My Husband Lies to Me

Depicted above is a photo essay of my attempt to bake a two layer cake, which upon completion of the baking and attempting to remove said layers from their respective baking pans, I found that only half of each layer came out. Not wanting to admit defeat, I tried to piece together the two half layers to form a single layer cake. In theory this is seemingly an incredibly ingenious idea. In reality: Not So Much.

Upon seeing my inner turmoil and the sense of failure wash over me, my husband attempted to ease the burden of wifery..."It's delicious!...Just frost it and no one will know."

Despite the transparency, I was easily consoled. Although, minutes later, when I declared it 'unsalvageable', the look of relief on his face was equally transparent. But I love him for trying.


Blogger eM said...

3 words: Pam with flour. Buy it, use it, love it.

I got a sunflower baking pan from Williams Sonoma and was sooo excited to make this beautiful cake. Half of it stuck in the pan. The other half ended up on the floor near the wall where it was thrown. Then I got Pam with flour. Life is better now and my husband doesn't have to clean up cake (except for the crumbs that fall while he's chowing down).

9:29 AM  
Blogger Clearlykels said...

I use parchment paper too. It makes brownies easy to get out and cleanup quick. You just chuck it. I love that you took pictures of the process.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Awww, great effort!! And frankly, cake is cake is cake. Tastes the same no matter how it looks.

This is what is affectionately known as "bride's cooking". Love it!!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little frosting and I totally would have eaten that.

1:28 PM  
Blogger undercover celebrity said...

The layer cake is not easily conquered. People work their whole lives to build up to that level of accomplishment.

Here are my tips:
1. Make sure your pan is well greased prior to adding the cake batter. I prefer butter Crisco, but you really have to make that decision for yourself...

2. After your pan is greased, save a little bit of your cake mix (in powder form), put it in your pan and shake it around until it's lightly covering all greased areas.

3. Once the cake is done baking, take it out of the pan and place it upside down, so the raised top part is on the bottom -- this leaves you a nice smooth top, and the weight of the cake will even itself out.

4. When you put the top layer on, do it right side up, so your two cakes meet in their flattest areas.

I hope that helps... you can do it!!!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Newlywife said...


I will have you know that I baked that cake from SCRATCH, and therefore have no 'mix' to spread lightly in the bottom.

Also, I just realized I shouldn't be acting all snooty that I baked that cake from scratch given the condition and outcome.

Em, I am glad to have the suggestion. I think my problem was actually believing in the "non stick" guarantee that calphalon promised...bastards.

Also, I never thought of parchment paper for brownies...very good idea!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Even if you baked your cake from scratch, you should still have dry cake mix before you started adding the wet ingredients. Don't worry, hon! The fact that you actually want to try is HUGE! That says so much about you (good things)! Also, being that you are a determined person, I have no doubt that you'll be looking back on that moment as a funny one...probably while you're eating a very delicious piece of a made-from-sctrach delicacy.

10:54 AM  
Blogger undercover celebrity said...

Wow! From SCRATCH??!! I hardly know what to do with that information -- you are clearly working out of my league. I can be of no use to you if you want to go on doing crazy things like that :)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

What an adventure! Maybe it will comfort you to know that I have been baking layer cakes for lo these many years now and, though they no longer stick to the pan, I STILL can't seem to get the layers even so the cake turns out nice and flat on top. I always end up with something that resembles the leaning Tower of Pisa and must be eaten quickly before the top two layers slide off of the cake plate on a sea of frosting.

Kudos to your hubby for his support--the love is real even if the enthusiasm was a bit feigned...

11:59 AM  
Blogger Josefina said...

I was about to tell you to frost it LOL.
Another tip is to use "silicon pans", cake never ever get stuck there.
Of course that parchment paper is pretty useful. And another thing is to be REALLY generous with spreading butter in the pan, almost insanely generous LOL.

Anyway, it's a great step you've taken, the 2-3-4 layers are so difficult, specially when you cook only on one pan and you have to cut it AFTERWARDS, that is really awful.

But I think even professional cakes must have some imperfections, they only know better how to hide them!!

Keep trying!!!!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Poppy Cede said...

You have a great husband. Do I need to say more?

1:57 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

A good husband smiles, tells you he loves you, eats it, and then lovees you!!!

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it! proscan ps8680z dvd players vcrs bizrate com Lifebook c353 battery Acura cl 98 spoiler Drive from wheelchair minivans Lacrosse moving company Clomid iui success Jeep parts classified Demo download download free free game Hobo international shoulder bag

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great story. Waiting for more. » »

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog, interesting information... Keep it UP Online bond trading forex currency currency forex learn Sex with girlfriend's sister Jr. golf camps

5:58 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

moncler, moncler, pandora jewelry, pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, sac louis vuitton pas cher, canada goose, moncler outlet, pandora charms, canada goose outlet, bottes ugg, moncler, canada goose uk, replica watches, hollister, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, swarovski, moncler, swarovski crystal, links of london, ugg boots uk, moncler, louis vuitton, doudoune canada goose, ugg pas cher, coach outlet, louis vuitton, moncler, canada goose, canada goose outlet, canada goose, thomas sabo, canada goose, pandora charms, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, wedding dresses, moncler

9:36 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

timberland boots, soccer shoes, nike roshe, asics running shoes, oakley, juicy couture outlet, beats by dre, new balance, jimmy choo shoes, vans, north face outlet, instyler, mcm handbags, abercrombie and fitch, baseball bats, hollister, karen millen, gucci, lancel, bottega veneta, valentino shoes, louboutin, reebok shoes, north face outlet, converse outlet, hollister, herve leger, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, ferragamo shoes, insanity workout, ghd, nike air max, mont blanc, chi flat iron, nfl jerseys, toms shoes, supra shoes, mac cosmetics, converse, babyliss, wedding dresses, celine handbags, ray ban, vans shoes, nike air max, montre pas cher, soccer jerseys, p90x workout, birkin bag

9:36 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

vans pas cher, michael kors outlet, mulberry, michael kors, sac guess, new balance pas cher, ugg boots, nike air max, true religion outlet, hogan, true religion jeans, burberry, hollister, hollister, oakley pas cher, true religion jeans, coach purses, michael kors outlet, timberland, ray ban uk, converse pas cher, north face, burberry outlet online, longchamp, michael kors, nike huarache, michael kors outlet, tn pas cher, ray ban pas cher, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, hermes, air force, lululemon, nike blazer, lacoste pas cher, michael kors, nike trainers, ralph lauren uk, nike air max, nike roshe, nike air max, michael kors, north face, vanessa bruno, ugg boots, true religion jeans, hollister pas cher, nike free run uk, abercrombie and fitch

9:40 PM  
Blogger ninest123 said...

louboutin pas cher, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, prada handbags, michael kors, coach outlet, coach outlet, nike free, replica watches, kate spade outlet, uggs on sale, louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, longchamp, burberry, polo ralph lauren outlet, tory burch outlet, nike air max, louboutin, ralph lauren pas cher, louis vuitton, christian louboutin outlet, chanel handbags, prada outlet, tiffany jewelry, ray ban sunglasses, kate spade handbags, sac longchamp, nike outlet, air max, gucci outlet, air jordan pas cher, louboutin outlet, nike roshe run, replica watches, nike free, longchamp pas cher, jordan shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany and co, cheap oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, replica handbags, longchamp outlet, ugg boots

9:42 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home