Well folks, the October Cake of the Month wasn’t as great as I envisioned it in my head. I was on a pretty good roll, feeling good about my baking skills so this was just a little taste of humble pie, I suppose. (Get it, humble pie? Cake of the month? :) So if you, dear reader, happen to be a skilled baker, would you please keep reading along and tell me where I went wrong?
Problem #1 – The caramel was delicious and exactly the right caramel color, but it was too runny. You can tell in these photos that as I clicked, more and more caramel was pooling in the cake stand. Making caramel is kind of like a science project, I didn’t know exactly when to add the milk or the butter or remove it from the heat. Maybe my directions were too loosey-goosey. I think I removed it from the heat too early. Everything else felt right except that step I rushed because I got nervous it was burning. Problem #2 – The cake itself. I’m not sure what happened here. It’s really dense. This could be one of two things. The recipe called for 4 egg whites, rather than full eggs. Does that change the moistness of the cake? I also tried a new trick I heard… If you lift the cake pan a few inches off the counter and drop it a couple of times it will release the air bubbles. I did this more than a couple of times. Maybe I messed something up? So as you can tell, October will not be winning the Cake of the Month contest. Good thing it looks prettier than it tastes.
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