I don't know who put that recipe in a magazine but yikes! DISASTER! And I followed it to the "T" this time.
The cake fell. And there was no way you could have sliced the layers. I had to scrap the whole thing, run to Costco 50 minutes before closing on a Sunday, and somehow managed to get the LAST chocolate cake from the bakery.
Oh my baker' s pride smarts somethin' fierce right now.
I think it was jinxed from the get go. Stopped by bed bath and beyond that morning to buy new pans only to find the store was GONE. That area is under redevelopment but all the more reason to keep the store. We got home and I couldn't find my trusty ol' Bundt pan, and I must have given it away as we searched high and low. Haven't baked a cake since before the kitchen remodel a year ago. So I used what I had, but don't think it was anything other than a bad recipe.
I'm going to get online tonight and buy myself new pans. The girls at work did enjoy the Costco cake, and the leftovers went home with the birthday girl.
Thanks for your continuing support through these dark times! This message has been edited. Last edited by: junk collector,
When I'm getting ready to bake something I haven't done in a long time - I check recipes on the internet - and compare them - to see if the ingredients are similar - or whether the method varies from recipe to recipe. Then, I choose the recipe that sounds the best to me. I go to the well-known cooking sites first - Ina Garten is usually a reliable one - Martha Stewart is good - because her directions are so specific - and Cook's Test Kitchen is good - and I love Bobby Flay's recipes and directions.
But - one has to know the method to be used - with cakes, are you creaming the butter and sugar adequately and adding the eggs, one by one. Is your baking powder fresh - or has it sat around for months. And even flour can vary - according to humidity - are you using A/P flour, or cake flour, or bleached, bread - or whatever?
Lots of variables to be considered. And of course - test the temperature of your oven - that is essential.
Sorry for all the trouble in trying to find a good recipe. Move one - and don't give up.