Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Goal Completed: Bake a Cake

I know it may sound hard to believe, but I don't ever remember baking a cake.  Because of that severe lack of experience, I put it on my list of 39 goals to achieve this year.  Perhaps a simple task to most. For me, it seemed like something I would have to mentally gear up for.  I didn't specify that I was going to achieve this by baking a cake from scratch, so I did it the easier way of a box mix.

The cake was a gift for my best friend's birthday.  Earlier in the week, I asked him what his favorite flavor of cake was.  He said German chocolate cake so I was relieved to find that exact flavor at the store.  A bonus was that they sold frosting for it on the next shelf!  I studied the box to learn that I also had to buy oil and eggs.  Remember, first time...

I had a day to mentally prepare for the cake bake off.

Today I was ready to make the magic happen.  I got all of the ingredients out and read the directions over and over.  More like, step 1,2,3...back to 1...then 2...

I was thrilled to see the photograph of a child and mother having such a wonderful time together on the box making this cake. They look so happy.

This is going to be fun!

I searched and searched for a measuring cup.  I swear that I had two at some point.  Today, they are nowhere to be found.  I know that I need exact measurements and couldn't just guess what a third of a cup looks like in a coffee mug.

Low and behold I found a blender with measure lines.  That'll work!  I measured, threw everything in a bowl and mixed it up.

 Glancing back at the photograph of the child while I was mixing...I didn't feel that excited in the process as she was. Maybe because she had measuring cups.

What are they so happy about?

Anyway, I poured the mix in a pan and baked it up.  I didn't have a toothpick so I used a match to test to see if it was ready.

I am not sure if it was ready (a small amount of batter was left on the stick) but I just assumed it was.  I'm sure the happy little girl had a toothpick.

The box told me to cool it for 10 minutes.  I let it cool for 4 hours. There is no way it would be cool in 10 minutes!  Not even close!

I spread the frosting and used some cocktail animals I found in the garage to decorate.


A cake is born.

It was tasty.  Glad I put that experience under my belt.  I am so proud that I can hold my head up high and say, "why yes, I have baked a cake" in conversation in this highly discussed topic.  On to the next experience...


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