In Which I Salvage A Cake Disaster


February 14, 2013 by Leah

I had big plans to make a heart-shaped cake (round pan – square pan – cut and frost) for my husband for Valentine’s Day. This is always somewhat of a challenge as baking has never been my strong suit. I used a sourdough-based recipe I’ve used before and everything was going fine until I took the cake out of the oven after 25 minutes. While it passed the toothpick test, it looked like this on the cooling rack:


The square cake was even worse in the middle:


Note to self: the toothpick test doesn’t work for sourdough-based batter.

In despair, I started trying to reshape the baked edges into something useful.

And came up with this:


Happy Valentine’s Day!


5 thoughts on “In Which I Salvage A Cake Disaster

  1. lahancock says:

    I love the heart fail. It made me laugh. At least you each had a cake to eat.

    • Leah says:

      I never want cake again. I ate a goodly portion of the half-baked batter and some frosting, too. This is good since I’m giving up sugar tomorrow.

  2. Bernice says:

    I like the creativity!!

  3. Diana Strzok says:

    Use brownie mix next time. Bake it in tin foil shaped like a heart. Top with canned cherries and whipped cream. It’s yummy.

  4. Cait says:

    I’m hoping you remembered your lesson from my birthday party, oh say 25 years ago? Enough frosting and you can glue any cake back together!

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