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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.

19 Comments:

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  
Blogger This Girl I Used to Know 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...

UC,

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  
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