Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Foodie Friday train wrecks

It's finally Friday folks! I hope your week wasn't nearly as trying as mine. So I'm more than ready to celebrate the end of the week with Foodie Friday, graciously hosted by Michael Lee, aka "Gollum" at Designs by Gollum. This week, we get to share our "Foodie Trainwrecks". Goodness knows, she could have this theme every week and I guarantee I could come up with a new one every time! Make sure to stop by http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/ to see what everyone else is owning up to!

Last week, I shared the beautiful cake that my daughter Cait made for a friend's wedding shower. The original recipe that she brought home looked something like this:

I kid you not, when we started reading the recipe we realized that it made no sense at all. The list of ingredients called for 3 whole eggs. The first step called for beating the eggs, then further down it said to add the separated egg yolks. What? As we got to the end, we realized that there was no mention of size of pan or oven temperature! Moral, read through BEFORE you start making the cake! So after a mad scramble to find a different recipe, we found one that sounded delicious. But, we did not have all of the ingredients. So back to the grocery store we went. This was the result of the first attempt.
Ours actually looked much worse than this! (but it still tasted great tee hee). Right about then, 2 of Cait's old high school buddies called and wanted to stop by. She said she would be thrilled to see them - with a wicked gleam in her beautiful baby blues! They had no idea what they were letting themselves in for!

The second attempt came out beautifully. Cait then experimented with fillings and came up with a raspberry/grand marnier/whipped cream mixture that was heavenly. Frosted the cake with a dark chocolate icing, sifted a bit of confectioners sugar on top, place some fresh raspberries and VOILA. This cake was unbelievable. But I must admit, it's the first 10 hour cake I've ever made. Kimmie, I hope you LOVED this cake!

Now stop by Gollum's place and see what everyone else messed up this week!

24 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I have learned the hard way to read the directions through more than once! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Sue said...

This cake looks amazing....although I sneezed just looking at the icing...I'm a chocoholic but dark chocolate makes me sneeze something awful...the husband always can tell when I'm in the kitchen sneeking a piece of candy...the sneezing gives me away!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! This reminds me of the ten hour trifle that it took my both my husband and me to to make. I had to find Napolean Brandy from a friend because I was too cheap to buy a whole botte. It was made for a gourmet club which I always got the easiest recipes for because they knew I was inept in the kitchen, but that trifle was the best thing I ever had... but it took about twenty different pans and dishes to do it! AND a double boiler.

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

And you're right, that cake has got to be amazing... I'm starving from reading the ingredients!

Joyce said...

After 10 hrs I would be too tired to eat it:) I kept this recipe from last weeks post because the finished product looks amazing.
Joyce

marty39 said...

Kat you and Cait just crack me up. I would love to be a little mouse in your pocket when you two get together. That would be more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I love the cake, and I would probably even like the first one too. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

The cake looks fabulous..I do feel your pain..I've had so many trainwrecks in my long life it's not even funny.

PAT said...

The cake looks fabulous!

I've had lots of recipe trainwrecks! In other words...some recipes were trainwrecks to begin with!!

A Hint of Home said...

That's so funny and so true! Reading the whole recipe has saved me many times.

Happy To Be said...

GM My friend...Girl I could write a book about flopping cakes..Now my mama made the most awesome looking cakes in the world...ones you didn't want to cut looking...now mine I try and cover up with lots of icing ha ha!! Thanks for coming by my friend...may you have a great weekend..I'm off to a car show YEA!! disted off the old car and ready to go..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

imjacobsmom said...

Oh I've been there, done that! But it was the fun of it all in the end that counts. Your finished cake was a showstopper! ~ Robyn

Christi said...

The 20 hour cake! That's something different. The final result looks delish!

Christi @ A Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

Our really empty nest said...

WOW that cake turned out so pretty looking and I am sure tasting! Thanks for stopping by to read about the time i almost killed my husband, lol. I thought of writing it a couple of times and then when this train wrecks and bloopers thing came up, I knew I HAD to write it down! Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for always leaving the nicest comments! Sue

The Muse said...

LOL....all cooking looks greek to me...
But I am going to cook something before I leave this world!

Love that last shot...i am so in a chocolate frenzy this evening!

Deb said...

sometimes they might looks so good but taste terrific....sometimes they are beautiful and don't taste so good...your final result looks great...and you have a fun story to tell...

The Muse said...

Bless you!
Oh my goodness...if you had seen what i had seen...you would still be using visine and sunglasses at this very moment! LOL LOL....

Caring about and checking in on me~is priceless...thank you, seems not be enough!
:) :) :)

Robin said...

Both cakes look really good to me!! LOL! But I have to say the "good" cake looks divine!!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

raxx a day in the life said...

Not a big fan of chocolate but it still looks sooo good! I am a home economics graduate, so yeah I read through my recipes!!

xinex said...

sure looks delicious, Kath...Christine

DesignTies said...

That's one yummy sounding and looking cake!!! And on the bright side, even though it took 10 hours to make it, you and Cait got to spend LOTS of quality time together!! :-)

To answer your question about my guest bedroom -- so far, the guests have left on time. But I'll be booting out anyone who stays too long!! ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

prof en retraite said...

You are too funny, Kat!! The cake looks wonderful! Sometimes you have to wonder if they are out-sourcing recipes nowadays!! lol Have a great week...hugs...Debbie

Bo said...

Hiya Kathy...It's great to be back & thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. The final result of the cake looks fabulous! I have had a couple of recipes that "messed" with the ingredients too... ;-) Bo

The Muse said...

:) Ah...I missed your visit...but I followed your delightful crumbs right back here!

Kindness of your words, much appreciated!~And yes the designs will be out in time for the Christmas season....My favorite holiday!

Chandy said...

Love that cake! I would have loved a piece! I'm sure her friend just loved each bite!