So when I was growing up, my mother used to make the BEST chocolate cake EVER! It was dense and moist and had a thick layer of frosting/fudge over the top. And ever birthday she would ask me what cake I wanted and of course it was always that one.
Well, I do have the recipe but the problem is that I live in Colorado now and high altitude baking is no good! I have tried to make it countless times but every time I do, it overflows or its dry or it sinks in the center. Or all three!
So I found this old old baking cookbook from the 50's at the Good Will this weekend and purchased it for like $1.50. It has instructions on how to modify recipes for high altitude! Awesome! So I make the mod's and try it again. But it turns out like a brownie, too dense. And the outside is hard and chewy, well the center is almost undercooked, like a brownie! I hate living at this high altitude because I can never get anything to work!
Hm! Thats my rant.
Have you tried using a heating core or a flower nail in your cake when baking? It helps bake evenly, that might help.
Im sorry to hear this happened to you. I know how frusterating that can be.
mmmm, that actually sounds good to me! You can just send that "failed' cake right along to my house!
I live in Colorado as well. I had issues when I first moved here until I MADE myself use the flower nail (two for my 12x18 cakes) AND the cake strips. I never bake a cake without them and they come out beautiful! Having said that, I'm a WASC baker so that may make a difference. HTH Good luck!! (Also, I use a commercial oven...)
I was born and raised in Colorado and now I am in Missouri. I hate that all of my moms baking recepies are for high altitude and I cant translate them to baking down here. I feel your pain. Now, if you would like to share I am looking for a really good chocolate cake and frosting recepie. hint hint