Monday, April 4, 2011
Dessert - The Ugliest cake
My mother thinks that I don't make dessert often enough. I've been known to bake dessert for birthdays, Easter and Thanksgiving. That leaves over 345 days undesserted. I pull an occasional dessert out of the hat, but for the most part we are dessertless.
I bought Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's heavenly cakes because I couldn't resist the pictures. I should have started with The Cake Bible but some of the desserts in this cookbook called out to me.
I made a bundt cake a while back. I do enjoy a good bundt cake. I remember having some difficulties getting the cake out in one piece.
Rose has a beautiful yellow daisy cake in her cookbook. She bakes it in a Nordic Ware daisy cake pan. It is a beautiful pan cake pan that leaves daisies on the top of the cake, for say $35 dollars. I am at the point in my life where I am trying to downsize the number of things in my kitchen. I can't see spending the money for a spring time cake pan when Rose says that a fluted tube pan can be used instead.
Perhaps I should mention that many of the things in the kitchen that I am trying to downsize are over 25 years old. The fluted tube pan, which I will refer to as bundt pan, has seen better days. But remembering my recent difficulties, I was certain to well prepare the pan. To no avail. The top of the cake remained in the pan. The bottom almost did as well, but I stuck a knife in and saved the day.
Good news, I was planning on dividing the cake and filling it with berries and cream. It self divided. But it was no easy feat releasing the top; it came out in chunks. Which I then covered with more cream.
I threw the pan out. I'm not a big fan of throwing things out. But my darling husband asked me what chemicals are being released by 25 year old nonstick pans that are way past their prime. I have ordered a new pan.
a yellow cake recipe.