Now that I have made this cake three times in two days I think that next time it could be a piece of cake! This has been a frustrating experience for me to say the very least. I was using The Smith’s Family 12 layer cake recipe. The first attempt resulted in little rubber disks that resembled frisbees. I thought after the batter was ready to put in the pans that it was really runny, but why would it be the wrong proportions after all it is found at Oprah.com. I blamed the mess on my ineptness at measuring correctly and threw the frisbees in the trash before icing them. So I start all over again this time being careful to measure all the ingredients before mixing even one granule of sugar with a bit of butter.
The second attempt seemed to be better. Icing completed and the Athlete and GI Joe both cut themselves huge pieces. As I am busy cleaning the fudge icing from my kitchen and my body the Athlete yells out , “Mom, I think there is something wrong with this cake. The layers are like rubber!” You do not know how good that made me feel. I did not make the mistake. There is a big mistake in the recipe. The proportion of milk to flour is too large. A second cake goes into the trash.
The next day I am up early getting my pans ready. I am trying this again. I cannot give up. I will not let this cake beat me. By the way this cake is for my husband for Valentine’s Day.
For this labor of love the first step is to prepare the pans. I used disposable cake pans not knowing that I would have to wash all fourteen of them not once , but twice. First I cut out parchment paper circles to fit each pan. Here are the leftovers. Before placing the parchment paper in the pans lightly grease and flour each one..........read more
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