July 21, 2011

this is what happens when normal people try to bake

I wrote this for LDS Living a while ago and forgot about it. I thought I would re-post it because it made me laugh. This is no joke. I really am this horrible of a cook.

My mom’s birthday was last weekend and I wanted to bake her an amazing cake. I found this recipe for a salted caramel chocolate cake and set out to make a culinary masterpiece. Above is Exhibit A: How my cake was supposed to look.

 The recipe called for homemade caramel (this should have been my first clue that I was in over my head). My first attempt ended up tasting like a campfire. The second batch looked like evaporated milk. And round three came out as half caramel, half concrete. See above picture of campfire caramel.

Above: Concrete caramel

  Moving on, let’s talk about how more cake stuck to the parchment paper in my pans than actually made it onto the plate. The above picture is of crumbs that used to be shaped like a cake.

 And then there was the ganache, or as I like to call it, melted chocolate chips with chunks of concrete from round three of caramel. It was a disaster.  

So, would you like to see my results? I promise, you will feel good about yourself as a baker…

Ta Da!
If anyone can make this cake for real, please take a picture as proof and let me know. It's a great recipe, I'm just not a good baker. Good luck!

Oh, and here's what you can look forward to at the end.

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