January 24, 2012

When Life is a Cake Wreck …

The Hubby requested “a cake with strawberries” for his birthday. I should have taken the easy way out – angel food, whipped cream and strawberries on top. Instead I turned to Pinterest and found a lovely number that made my tastebuds jump for joy. It had fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, lemon zest and butter.  Yeah. I had to do it.

It’s from a blog called A Spicy Perspective and look at how beautiful it is when Sommer makes it:


{Image via A Spicy Perspective}

And this is what it looks like when I make it for my Hubby:

“Grease and flour the pan” should have been bolded, underlined and emphatically promoted.  Oh, I did grease and flour it.  But apparently it was not enough.

The good news is the cake was so tasty we all licked our plates clean and declared the recipe a major keeper. That sad news is it looked like dung, which was totally on par for a day I spent much of yelling at my kids and feeling frustrated.

Some days are just like that – cake wrecks, train wrecks, big fat meh.  We have high hopes and want things to turn out perfectand lovely. And they just don’t. We may cry over it. We may get angry. Or we can scoop the carnage out of the pan, slap it on the cake and call it good enough.  Luckily we get to wake up and start over again in the morning. And I just happened to do that today with a piece of strawberry cake as my breakfast.

Carry on.


Apis Melliflora said...

I would rather have a yummy, keeper cake-tastrophe than a visually perfect, bland, dry cake any day.

Next time you make it, it can be both.

Thanks for the visual.

The Queen Vee said...

Next time skip the grease and flour and use Pam, works every time.

Despite the cake being a bit of a cake wreck it still was very tasty and more importantly, made for a great guy who had no problem with it not being visually perfect.

Sue said...

Oh man, it makes me bitter when my cakes stick to the pan. I've started just cutting out parchment paper and lining my pans with it. Although that wouldn't really work for a bundt pan. Anyway, glad it was yummy!

Aiketa said...

Oooooh I hate it when the cake doesn't look perfect and specially when I have to take that cake somewhere. But, if the taste is good, then noone complains.

I must say, I wouldn't say no to your cake. Mmmm strawberries! Any cake with fresh strawberries is always good!

And this remembers me that I have still to learn a cake recipe with strawberries... I'll keep this one.

Janae said...

A few years ago we had a panel discussion with older sisters in our ward making up the panel. The 80+ yo sister offered a piece of advice that I've never forgotten - Lower your expectations. It's saved my sanity. While life isn't perfect, I can find aspects of perfection in it that I missed before when my expectations were too high. In my book the perfect cake is one that tastes good.

Hil said...

And here I am again printing out one of the recipes you've shared... :)

The Queen Vee said...

Well said Janae, from obviously a very wise woman.

jd said...

yes please. And for breakfast.