It took me 51 years but I finally made a cake from scratch. Why did it take this long? I’m not sure… laziness, thought it was too hard or time consuming… I could think of a lot of excuses.. and did.
For my daughter Deb’s recent birthday and I wanted to surprise her with something she would not expect… and a homemade cake would definitely be that.
So, I gathered my stuff together and began my new experience.
This ‘new picture’ Betty Crocker Cook Book by the way isn’t all that new. It was given to me by my dad 51 years ago. You can tell by the loose binding that it has been used, even by me from time to time.
I decided to make a pound cake in a bundt pan.
I mixed all ingredients, well, except for one which I couldn’t find in the pantry and figured it wasn’t all that important … how much of a difference could a tsp of baking powder make anyway. Whirr, whirr, scrape, pour… it was actually looking pretty good… I felt encouraged.
I even melted some chocolate to add to the pound cake… thought it would give it some oomph and who doesn’t like at least of dash of chocolate in a cake.
Got the cake in the pan and polished off what was left of my coffee…by then I was exhausted.
I only peeked at the cake once during the hour it was in the oven. It was rising and browning so I was encouraged. Tah dah… it was done… now to see if it would come out of the cake pan in one piece ! Tah dah again… yay… it did. Applause, applause.
Look at that, isn’t it beautiful…. see how happy and pleased I am with myself.
It was another hour or so until Debbie came home… it was hard for me to control my anxiety. I knew she’d be surprised but would she like it ? Time would tell.
She did look surprised. A beautiful cake yet to be tasted but certainly making a good impression. Looks like a birthday cake now that it had candles on it. And finally, the taste test ! The consensus was that it was good… maybe could have been a little taller but I like to think of it as a petite pound cake.
It was a success and, don’t tell anyone, but I might even do it again. I said might 🙂
November 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm
I love this post! Great pictures and great story! Pound cake is my go-to homemade cake recipe. I love the chocolate swirls that you added.
November 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Probably took me longer than usual as I had to keep stopping to take pictures 🙂
November 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm
…looks delicious, I’m coming on by for a cup of coffee and a slice of that yummy looking cake!
November 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm
I wish we could share some cake & coffee together… it’s been almost a year since we saw each other in NYC and had such fun together 🙂
November 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Meant to add that the photos are priceless! I have that Cookbook also, ( a shower gift) it was falling apart so I covered it with contact paper about 30 years ago!
November 8, 2014 at 8:59 am
Judy, I think a lot of us the same age have that cook book 🙂 Never thought to cover it though. I just bought the new version of it for my grandson.
November 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
I’ve never done it either. The whole idea scares me to death — even though I’ve been baking all my own bread for almost 40 years. With cakes, so I’ve heard, you have to measure precisely. Precise I am not. With bread you can throw in any old damn thing and it’ll work. Love the photos, esp. the one where it seems that either the cake took the picture or the photographer was in the oven.
November 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Bread seems harder to me but my daughter has baked her own for a lot of years. It’s amazing the pics you can get by propping the camera on top of a roll of paper towels 🙂
November 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm
Oh goodness…. Maybe this is what I need to inspire me to bake again. I loved it before I had kids, but it fell to the wayside years ago and I’m scared to try now…LOL. Love this!
November 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Go ahead and try and let me know how it turns out 🙂 Thank you for your nice comments here and on my calendar pics.
November 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm
looks yummy!!!! and baking powder usually *does* make a difference, but a bundt/pound cake is a little more forgiving…..love the story and pics!!!! i made a red velvet cake from scratch once, for my sister’s birthday…..dec 25, so i thought i would do something special….i couldn’t believe the recipe called for three bottles of red food color…..THREE BOTTLES!!!!!! tasted yummy, but i stick to the box mixes now….. 😉
November 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm
I often wondered what made the red velvet cakes so red… now I know. Won’t be trying that one anytime soon. 🙂
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