Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ANYONE NEED A DOOR STOP?




It looked like carrot cake!  It even smelled like carrot cake. but when it came out of the oven....I knew I had a problem.

Let me back up.....Everyone at the last cooking class at the Villa wanted me to make carrot cake for our next session.  I had never made a carrot cake (from scratch) but agreed.  How hard can it be, for heaven's sake?

I found a recipe a friend had given me years ago, and since everything I had ever tasted of her recipes were delicious.  So going exactly by her recipe and directions I made a carrot cake.  

I always make a "test case" for the recipe a week or so before to I can be sure it will turn out.   Good thing I did this time.

OK, back to the problem.  First of all it didn't rise as it should and it didn't cook evenly.   It was in a 9 x13 pan which was called for.
I can handle a crooked cake....so I decided to cut it in half and layer it.  The edges were a little hard but it cut easily into two squares.

The cream cheese frosting was to die for....(one good thing),  So I went ahead and instead of tasting it, frosted it.  (Mistake),  When we tried the first piece.....it was obvious something was missing.  Carrot cake is suppose to be MOIST!  This was so dry it would choke a horse!  I could have frosted a bail of hay an had the same effect.  If I hadn't already wasted the frosting, I could have used it for a "door stop".  HaHa.

Went back to the recipe and saw that I had done everything perfectly ~ but believe me the cake was a disaster!

So, what am I doing for the cooking class tomorrow?  Quiche and scones....I will go with something tried and proven!!!

Have you ever had a cooking or baking disaster?

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  1. Ha! Great story Wanda!
    Yes...many times...most recent was with Miss V and the famous Christmas Cookies!
    I am sure your Quiche and scones will be delightful!
    enjoy your evening...we had our first real snowstorm today!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. If nothing else, Linda...It was good a a laugh and a story. HaHa

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  2. Too funny Wanda. I just can't imagine you with a baking disaster.
    My cooking disaster was Turkey for Thanksgiving.
    It was my first time using the set ahead timer to bake. Set the timer to go on while we were away involved to a few hours at a Church service.
    The timer apparently didn't work and it never came on. Cold oven, raw turkey and my parents coming to eat it. Our dinner was so late that night and I wasn't a happy camper for sure. One can only nibble for so long and then you really want dinner!

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    1. Oh no, not on Thanksgiving!!!! Yikes. Raw turkey would have gone great with my bail of hay cake. HaHa. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  3. oh I have lots of diasters lol,,,
    its strange it was dry, with all the oil that is in carrot cake recipes,,mmmmm, strange,,looks good though,!!!

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    1. It had a cup of oil....I'm wondering if there was a mistake in the recipe for the dry ingred.
      It did look good!! I guess I could dunk it in my coffee...I prefer to lick off the frosting...haha

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  4. You are so funny! Almost everything I bake turns out wrong. I was looking forward to my sister baking the carrot cake on Christmas Day but we realized we didn't have all the ingredients but we did have the carrots. So, I missed my mama's carrot cake. Oh well, you can do it next time.

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    1. I bake often, I was shocked the way it turned out. I really don't have too many disasters. I bet your mom's was the best ever.

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  5. Yes. Yes. Yes. I have had several. My most recent, I was able to salvage and it turned out so well I will fix it that way in the future. Baking can also be tricky in my oven for some reason sometimes. I have to bake something twice to get a feel for the time needed to bake it.

    Maybe the people left something out accidentally. Glad you tried it first! Your scones always look delicious.

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    1. I think you are so right about ovens. I'm so glad I did a test run....

      I found several others on line that do have some additional ingred. Will try again.

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  6. Wanda, who gave you that recipe?? You could look on line for a nice recipe. I love carrot cake. I have never made one , not even from a mix. I will tell you this...it would have been eaten by myself and my siblings as we grew up.. sweets being ever so scarce then. LOL Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

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    1. It was in a friend who made her own cookbook and gave me a copy. All her other recipes have turned out great, and she was a good cook that brought things to our potlucks...Guess this was just not one of them.

      Yes, growing up, we ate what was made, even if to us, it was good, bad or ugly. It's in the refrigerator...I haven't thrown it away...the frosting is too good...haha

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  7. It's all in the recipe I guess you have to find a tried and proven one! It looks so good though.

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    1. I have already got notes that new recipes are coming my way....I will try again, and hopefully get to share another carrot cake story.

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  8. Love your new header. I've had a few disasters like that, never could figure out the problem.

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    1. Thanks Janet. It's one of my watercolors I call "Love comes Softly" and it hangs about our bed.

      I haven't figured this one out either ~ but will try a different recipe.

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    2. I should say "above" our bed...not about it. HaHa

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  9. The best carrot cake I've ever had is the gluten free one on 100delicious.blogspot.com
    You can search for it there because I don't know how to paste and copy on a tablet.

    Sorry about your doorstop. That's disappointing. But it looks good.
    :0)

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    1. Thanks Martha. I will check that out. Funny how good it looked and how bad the texture was. It was the frosting that made it take a good picture.

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  10. You won the consolation prize, a great looking cake and frosting to eat! One thanksgiving with 14 guests waiting for dinner I realized I hadn't made mashed potatoes but had the gravy and everything. Vey. What are you going to do.

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    1. Yes, that frosting is finger lickin good. Oh dear no mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving....And no instant in the pantry....take another helping of stuffing.

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  11. Just a few. I will bet you this, though. It was the best tasting doorstop you've ever eaten! I'd Google for the carrot cake recipe with the highest ratings or go straight to Pioneer Woman or Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Never have tried a recipe from either that failed. The scones will be a big hit!

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    1. I'm getting so many good suggestions, I'm anxious to try again. Will check those out.

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    1. Thanks Marie. Hope you got a chuckle from it.

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  13. Oh dear me. Good for you in trying our recipes a week before. I never do that and so far, with my baking, have lucked out. :D I might not be so lucky next time! hee hee

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    1. If it wasn't for a cooking class...I wouldn't give it a test run....but if you are doing it in front of people....you want them to be able to eat it...HaHa

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  14. My most recent baking disappointment was a new recipe for dinner rolls. They looked wonderful but were like rocks. haha. Back to my tried and true roll recipe next time!

    So glad you gave the cake a test run! It sure looks good...especially that frosting! haha.

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    1. I had that happen with a biscuit recipe and I called them hockey pucks.. I like tried and true recipes.
      The other classes we've done were always with something I was really familiar with and make all the time.

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  15. Bet it was the best tasting doorstop ever!
    I haven't had any disasters but that's because I rarely cook or bake. Cuts down on the failure rate!
    Trying to picture what a frosted bale of hay woould taste like... ha! I bet the horses would love it.

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    1. You have the best solution...but since I camp in the kitchen...I guess I will have to live with the possibility.

      Maybe I've discovered a new feed for horses...haha.

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    2. I have resolved to cook more for myself. I have always been surrounded by friends who are great cooks and great hosts. And I love leafing through cookbooks and looking at online recipes. Just can't get that motivated to cook for one.

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  16. Argh... this phone drives me batty!

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    1. If I didn't have my dearest to cook for, I'd probably still cook and give it to the neighbors. "My name is Wanda.... I'm a cooking addict." HaHa

      You need a dumb phone like mine. No bells and whistles...just off and on....tee hee.

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    2. Well if that's the case, then I would be the ideal person to live next door to you! I could help you with your addiction.
      I love my phone and use it for soooo many things. But the problem is that if you leave a blog comment and then scroll back through the post and click on a photo, or go to another post in the same blog, it duplicates the comment. I try to remember to exit and re-enter again, but sometimes I forget. Ah, well...

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  17. Ha-ha! I laughed at the idea of frosting a bale of hay. Ha! :) Maybe you should compare the recipe to one online and see if you can figure out what the problem could be. There has to be something missing for it to be that dry. I've actually never made carrot cake either but seriously don't know how it could come out so hard. Definitely stick with tried and true and perhaps try again another time.

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    1. That was a rather drastic illustration, but that's the way it felt when I tasted it. I think you are right..something was missing.

      My sister just emailed and said she sending me a recipe that tried and true by her from a Amish Cookbook. We'll try again!!

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  18. Your title and the pic combined cracked me up Wanda.

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  19. Well, at least you have some back ups!

    Speaking of baking, have you ever seen the marvelous "The Gret British Bake Off" with Mary Berry as one of the judges? It's on Netflix now. Such a lovely show featuring all manner sof English cakes one never finds here of people here have even heard of. Not only that, one learns a lot about baking too and waht to watch out for from the judges. The contestants are lovely people too. If you ever get a chance to watch an episode, I think you will be hooked. And to have the skill set you have, you will be popping back into the kitchen to try one of the cakes or breads yourself in no time. :)

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