Friday, January 18, 2019

When Crumbs Sink Like the Titanic


My husband asked me to bake my specialty coffee cake for him to take to his Photo Club meeting tomorrow.  And even though I was still feeling exhausted, I agreed because he is a pretty swell guy.


This is the secret recipe cake that my mother swore not to share outside the family until she passed away. That came out wrong. It's not like she visited anyone from the grave to give out the recipe. She had just promised not to share it and asked us not to share it until she was gone.

Evidently, it was a prize recipe that won blue ribbons for her friend. That friend gave the recipe out to a few friends and one of THOSE friends (not my mother) entered it in the fair and won the blue ribbon instead of the original woman. Does that make sense?

Back to today... I decided to bake the cake.  After I combined the dry ingredients, I then added the oil.  As I was stirring, I said to myself, Lilah Rose, and my husband ~ this doesn't look right.  Then I realized that I had used the two cup liquid measuring cup and not the one cup liquid measuring cup.  I had added twice as much oil as needed.  Oh bother!

I'm so glad I realized it in time to double the dry ingredients and then continue with double the recipe to make two cakes instead of one.  At least I didn't forget the eggs like I did last time.

All was well or so I thought.  I added the crumbs to the tops of the cake and hoped that the crumbs would not sink.  Sometimes the crumbs sink and sometimes the crumbs don't sink.  They are "supposed to" stay crumbly on top.  I have not figured out why sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.  I do the exact same thing each time.

Well, down down down the crumbs went... sinking like the Titanic.

The cake does taste the same regardless of whether or not the crumbs stay or sink.  It just doesn't look as pretty with sunken crumbs.

My husband, being the pretty swell guy he is, said that it was perfectly fine and for me not to worry about it.

Am I the only one that flubs up recipes sometimes?

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18 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...no, you aren't the only one who flubs recipes up sometimes. I've gotten so anymore that before I start mixing anything together I go through and get out all of the ingredients and utensils so that the only thing I have to concentrate on is the actual measuring and mixing together. Otherwise just about every time I would make something it would be sad. I made a bread recipe and even opted to do the kneading myself as opposed to using the bread machine and the texture just wasn't right. BUT I shall not be defeated by this thing...it made excellent toast and the first of the week I will be giving it another try. :)

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    1. Love the "I shall not be defeated by this thing"! Good attitude, Dianna! I like the idea of taking out all your bowls and measuring cups/spoons ahead of everything. I would have noticed the too big measuring cup!

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  2. Gina, I have found the Krusteau Crumb Cake to be a prize winner. In fact a friend of mine says she knew a lady who claimed this was her hand made coffee cake.lol

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    1. Arlene, I think I've had this before and I remember it was good! :-)

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  3. I made a chocolate brownie cake last month for our Bible study and the cake was dry because I left it in the oven too long.
    There was a time when my girls were little that we decided to make Daddy a birthday cake from scratch. We only one egg and then one daughter dropped the egg. So I decided it will be an eggless cake. We mixed all the ingredients put the cake in the oven and as I was putting everything away, I realized I forgot one important thing... baking powder! The cake was flat but my husband( who is also a swell guy!) was brave enough to eat a piece and so we're we. It didn't taste terrible but it is very memorable.

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    1. Regina, love your cake stories! Our current house has an electric stove/oven and I still am struggling with getting my baking just right. We had gas appliances before and I really loved it.

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  4. It always seems to me that when I'm cooking for someone else (not my family) something goes wrong. When I want that dish to turn out beautiful and perfect, it doesn't. It bugs me. Your hubby does sound like a really swell guy. I hope you're able to squeeze in some rest in between all that work.
    xx Beca

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    1. Beca, me too - cooking for someone else. I am too much of a perfectionist so I think I'm too hard on myself sometimes. xx

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  5. I am glad I am not the only one who messes things up. I still pull out my recipe book and read it deliberately even for those things I bake lots and have memorized. Too many mistakes made not to double check all the time.

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    1. I have to look at recipes again too, Sandy. Lately, I feel like I've been so forgetful.

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  6. Your hubby sounds like mine, he is always telling me it is great even when it isn't. I think we sometimes put to much on ourselves for things to be perfect, especially if it was asked of us to do, I say as long as it taste the same all is well :)
    Yes, i do make mistakes and it seems like a lot of them lately, we are in this together :)

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    1. Connie, I think I need to take that ginkgo herb. I am so scatterbrained lately. I'm glad we have swell husbands!

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  7. "Am I the only one that flubs up recipes sometimes?"

    No you certainly are not!
    Isn't it strange that they sometimes happen when you really, really, really don't want them to … but that's life.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan, that is so true. It does happen more when there is a special occasion for the recipe!

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  8. No, Gina, you are not the only one who flubs up recipes!! We all do, dear Gina. At least yours still tasted just fine. Not long ago, I realized that I left out the baking powder in a recipe!!

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    1. Kitty, oh bother. Was your baked item flat? I've accidentally substituted baking soda instead of baking powder. ♥

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  9. I'm sure it tastes delicious. And no, not the only flubber here! We all do it. I once doubled half the ingredients but not all. And at Christmas left out a cup of flour from a lemon bread mix. It actually made a rather nice little sponge cake -- but definitely not lemon bread!

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    1. Jeanie, I'm glad your surprise sponge cake was delicious! I don't like to double or half recipes because my brain doesn't want to cooperate with adding the ingredients correctly!

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859