Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cake Fail

Well a couple people had been giving me some grief about how my blog is called Keck's Cakes, but that I don't actually make cake.
Today, I was on a cooking website, and best friend noticed a picture of a pound cake and asked if I could make him one.  We had been in bed all morning ... and most of the afternoon watching TV, so I figured it would probably be good for us to get out of bed, and get some fresh air walking to Homeland to grab some butter and chocolate chips to put in the cake.

Here is the recipe that I used:

2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1/2 teasp of vanilla
5 eggs
1/2 teasp of baking powder

First, cream the butter an shortening together.  Then add the sugar a little bit at a time, mixing well after each addition.  After the sugar is added, mix in the eggs and vanilla.  Then mix together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.  Rotate adding the milk and the flour mixture to the cake mixture, making sure that you finish up the rotation with the flour.

Add chocolate chips if you like them in your cake - trust me, it's good!  Cook in a bunt cake pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.

Ok ... now to explain the title of this blog.
Something I did ... didn't work.  Maybe the fact I didn't notice that the recipe called for milk until I was pretty much done mixing the cake ... so therefore I pretty much skipped over the whole rotating flour and milk thing ... I have no idea.
Anyways, I poked a toothpick into the center after about an hour and fifteen minutes, and the toothpick came out clean.  So I let the cake cool for awhile, and then flipped it over onto a plate.  Well ... only the top half came out of the pan.  I KNOW that it's not because the cake pan wasn't greased well enough.  I floured the pan to make sure that the cake wouldn't stick! Also, it was pretty obvious that most of the cake wasn't cooked all the way through.
So best friend and I tried to "reconstruct" the cake and put it back in the oven for about another 20-25 minutes.  We took it out again, and flipped it onto a plate, and the cake was cooked all the way through, but still only half of the cake came out of the pan.  So ... we scraped the rest of the cake out of the pan and came up with this ....

Yeah ... it's not pretty, but we covered it up with cocoa, powdered sugar, and milky goodness (aka chocolate frosting.)

I decided that if I actually want to make this a legit baking blog, that I would go ahead and put my mistakes up here as well.

So, I'm going to sit back on my brand new couch, eat my cakey blob, and just thank my lucky stars that I didn't offer to bring it to my brother-in-law's wedding shower at church tomorrow .... which I was VERY close to doing.

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