Intrigued by the title? I sure hope so!
So remember a few posts ago (I tried to find it to link it but alas…I cannot! I type too many words per entry.) I told y’all I would be documenting my cooking triumphs and failures?
Well, I have another failure for you! 😉 It seems like I post those more than I post triumphs! However, I think it’s more fun this way. I’m still learning! I know a lot of others out there in blogger/internet world are, too. I also know that I get frustrated and scream to the heavens (in my head) that these people who wrote the recipes never had to deal with these failures!!! Why me!?!?
Which of course we all know is false. Still. I wonder it.
Onward we shall go with my tale of chocolate pants cake.
The other night I was in my amazing google reader and I saw that Smitten Kitchen had updated. Now, I love that blog. It drives me to go bake things all of the time because her pictures are beyond amazing and she is so fun. So, she posted a wonderful chocolate cake recipe and I was amazed that I had the book she had gotten the recipe from! Hooray, so exciting!! So I vowed to make it the next day.
Her directions are very simple and require a very small amount of dishes so I was even more pumped up. That’s my least favorite thing about baking.
So here I am, mixing my ingredients, looking smug about how great the batter tastes and how it’ll be done before it’s too late in the evening.
I popped it into the oven and was ready to kick back for an hour when I realized….I forgot to add baking soda.
Quickly, I whined to my Papa who told me to toss it and start over otherwise I’d just be more upset.
Onto cake numero 2!
Wondered to myself “I wonder why the middle isn’t rising? Oh well. It will, it’s only been in for 30 minutes.”
Wondered again “There’s only 15 minutes left and it’s still not rising.”
Papa says “Your cake fell.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” I cried. (In my head)
And this was the result.
I thought maybe I could get away with frosting it and covering the hole.
My cat judged me.
To the icing!!
See?! You can’t even tell. Kind of. Just that it bends a bit with the plate. Hrrm.
Now, just because a cake doesn’t rise doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good! This cake honestly tastes like rich brownies and I’d recommend baking it. However, mine cooked a little too long because my oven runs very hot. So keep a check on it after about 40 minutes.
And if your cake falls and you cover it in icing then eat a piece? Be prepared for a plateful of chocolate cake pants. 😉