Friday, November 02, 2012
First off - I am a GOOD baker. Seriously - you don't gain the weight like I did if you can't hold your own in the baking department. But what happened today is truly humbling to my baker's ego.
Tomorrow is my sweet husband's birthday and I asked him what kind of cake he would like. He said 'pudding.'
I had no idea what that meant. Is this some kind of British thing I asked?
No, he explained, instead of a frosting or fruit filling between the layers he wanted vanilla pudding. Oooohhhhh.
(The fact that I was stumped should have been my first clue not to try this.)
So today I spent the day baking a beautiful 'hot-milk' cake that came out so light and fluffy that I added the recipe to my permanent files. As I was prematurely congratulating myself on my cake success, I started making the vanilla pudding from scratch.
While the pudding was chilling in the fridge (and it took great restraint t0 not say 'chillin'), I set the cake on the plate, made my buttercream frosting, and piped a dam around the edge to hold in the pudding.
As I took the pudding from the fridge, I apparently failed to notice two VERY important things. First, I placed my cake directly underneath the overhead vent. And second, the heat kicked on at precisely that moment.
All was going well as I spooned the pudding inside the dam, placed the top layer on, and began frosting the outside. As I was frosting the cake, slowly, almost beyond slow, the top layer began sliding off. The combination of the placement of the cake under the vent plus the heat resulted in the thawing of my pudding and the dam broke, spewing pudding out the side. The more I tried to plug the hole with frosting the worse it got until the top layer slid off and landed with a decided thud on the floor. (The dog thinks I'm like the best mom EVER!)
Aside from having my own personal little dutch boy moment, I realized that to get all those factors JUST RIGHT was kind of a feat in an of itself. If there was an Einstein formula, it would look something like this:
HD2 = pvH
where P (pudding) times V (vent) times H (heat) equals happy dog squared.
So we now have a single layer cake with pudding on the side. Joe says he is sure it will taste wonderful. His mom used to say the ugliest cakes tasted the best.
This should be the best cake ever made in all recorded time then....