Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What Do You Do If the Cake Falls, or, True Confessions of a Fallen Cake Baker

When my sister and I were teenagers, we liked to make goodies--cakes, candies, cookies, etc. One day we made a cake in a regular 9 x 13 pan, just like dozens we'd made before, but it fell. Don't know how a flat cake falls, but this one did. So we did what any self-respecting teenager would do. Filled in the hole with frosting. Yep, the finished cake looked smooth and beautiful. It just had about 2 inches of frosting piled in the middle. If you got a piece from the edge, it had more cake than frosting. If from the middle, guess what??

Well, that's what I was thinking about today when I took a cake out of the oven. Too bad this one doesn't have frosting!

Some of you may have seen my earlier post about my World Famous Poppy Seed Cake ;0), I was making one that week to take to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, and took a few pictures to post. The finished product turned out a little bit lopsided, though, so I never took the final picture.

Today I decided to make another one, and photograph the finished product.

Well, guess what? Not only did it fall, it tore coming out of the pan. I've made this cake dozens, if not literally hundreds, of time, and I have never had this cake fall. Never. Ever. So it made absolutely the worst looking finished cake. Well, maybe not the worst of all time, but Not Pretty.

And what did I do with this ugly, lopsided cake? I took a picture, anyway. And then I ate it. Yum.

So, here it is in all of it's glory.


First Attempt

Grand Finale

So, what do you do if the cake falls? Eat it.

Good cooking, and even better eating...


  1. Eating it definitely beats crying! My husband always says that he doesn't care what it looks like, as long as it tastes good.

  2. Mine, too! It always seem to happen when you want it to look good, though!