So, Clay’s birthday is today. And I made a cake. Sort of. Please look at the picture and tell me if this isn’t the WORST cake you’ve EVER seen in your life! WHAT in the world happened?????
You’re probably thinking that Evelyne got to the cake and shoved her hands inside of it. Nope. THIS, dear readers, is what the cake looks like now that I just finished icing it. Yep.
First of all, this is not my first attempt to bake a cake. I’ve made many cakes in my life, baked and iced. They wouldn’t win any prizes or anything, but they were never looked bad. So understandably I wasn’t assuming that this one particular attempt would have any problems. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I followed the directions on the box. I cooked for the recommended amount of time and made sure it was done in the middle before taking it out of the oven. Now I did leave them to cool in the pans rather than immediately flip them out to cool, but would that really cause such problems? Both round cakes fell apart coming out of the pans, but I pieced them back together and thought, “Hey, no biggie, that’s what icing’s for, right?” Well, with every stroke of my iced knife, a chunk of cake would rip off. It was like the cake was too moist, the icing wouldn’t spread, it just stayed in a lump on the knife and the cake ripped every time I touched it. So I pretty much resorted to using my fingers and dolloping-out the icing to somewhat cover all the bare spots just so there would at least be the taste of icing if not the look. The final tumble of that big chunk came just as I was finishing….as though the cake was mocking me.
Really, I don’t know what happened! I followed the directions just like I always do! It was Pillsbury for pete’s sake! I’ve done this a million times!!! I have never in my life seen a cake so utterly impossible to ice!!! Please, someone tell me what went wrong!!!
*And the worst part is that I’m about to take my gestational diabetes test in a couple of hours and I’m not allowed to eat anything, especially sugar, so I couldn’t lick-off all the chocolate icing that was covering my hands!!!!