Saturday, 25 September 2010

Cake Disaster

This is going to be a short and sweet post, its only 7.34 am, I should really be asleep. Naughty old Pepe woke us up early this morning as she seemed desperate for her breakfast. She has this annoying habit of walking all over us until we get up and feed her. Bloody cat, does she not know that Saturday is a lie in day?

The Macmillan coffee morning went well yesterday and I think we raised nearly £90, which isn't bad considering only a handful of people came along.

I made three cakes to take along, a carrot cake, a lemon drizzle and my favourite Nigella chocolate cake. Normally I can make a cake with no problems at all. This time it was disaster after disaster! My first chocolate cakes (you cook them in two sandwich tins) stuck in their non stick silicone "tins", so they were both dumped in the bin in disgust. I had to pop to the shop to buy some more sour cream to them attempt chocolate cake number two. All was going well until about 15 minutes into their cooking I could smell the faint waft of burning chocolate. I checked the cakes through the oven door and all looked well apart from the fact that I could only see one cake. The cake at the back of the oven had been pushed too far back and had fallen off the back of the oven shelf and was happily cooking all down the back of the oven. I managed to salvage one cake, the other was a burnt gooey mess stuck all over my newly cleaned oven! Well lets just say the air turned blue in my kitchen, it was a good job the kids were in bed.

Whilst all of this was going on, I had made my carrot and sultana cake. I popped it into the oven and crossed my fingers. Well this buggar also decided to stick in places. Luckily it was salvageable as I always ice my carrot cakes with a soft cheese type frosting. A nice thick layer of frosting and a few orange sugar sprinkles and the cake didn't look too bad.

The lemon drizzle behaved itself and came out of its tin beautifully. Lastly I had to knock up a half quantity of chocolate cake to go with the one half that wasn't a disaster.

It was almost 10pm by this time and to say I was cheesed off was an understatement. I took it very personally that the cakes were not up to scratch and was thoroughly cheesed off . To top it all it took a good 45 minutes to clean up the kitchen. There was cake mix everywhere!

When people were commenting on my lovely cakes yesterday, I smiled sweetly and thought "if only you knew the hassle involved".

I can't believe it's the weekend already, this week has flown by. Very exciting news, I nearly have enough money for my mixer. My eBay stuff went through the roof and I have almost £300 towards it. So I think the ginger cat kitchen will be sporting a shiny new mixer very soon.

I treated my self to the new Nigella cook book yesterday, I think it's called Nigella's Kitchen. It was a bargain 1/2 price in Tesco so I couldn't so no really. I did have a quick flick through last night and there seems some really nice recipes.

Right, I am going to drink my cuppa and then get my lazy bum out of bed. Alex needs to go to football and Mr P has to work this morning. We haven't too much planned for the weekend, but I am definitely going to start my new ripple blanket at some point this.

Have a lovely weekend.

Till next time.



  1. Oh I'm so sorry about your cakes - it was like reading about my own life on some days - many sympathies - but in the end you did so well with the money raised. I never, never bake a cake now without using a parchment cake liner from Lakeland - I've got loaf tin ones and round ones and would say they are worth every penny - cake comes out of tin in liner instantly, and liner has never failed to peel off my cakes when they've cooled, ever, can't recommend them highly enough. Although I know it's cheating. And doesn't stop you tipping a cake over the back of the oven (done it).
    Archie is waking us up at 5.30 to 6 at the moment and will probably have to be banished downstairs soon for the whole night but he's still my baby at the moment and I love having him stretch out on my toes at night!
    Hope you get your mixer soon and hope you have a lovely weekend too. I'm just sitting with coffee and the Radio Times reading Nigella's bit on her 8 influential kitchens! xx

  2. Sorry to hear you had such trials and tribulations with your cakes, but you should be proud of the money you helped to raise. I bet you're really excited at having nearly enough money for your mixer - lucky you. x