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 🙂