I have made it twice, and both times it's been a disaster. The first time, I didn't realize that the buttermilk I bought only the day before was already expired by a week when I bought it. The cake crumbled and was gross.
So I remade the cake tonight while my husband was in the kitchen making dinner. Our kitchen is small and I was trying to work around him - and I ended up forgetting to put the cocoa powder in. The cake also didn't turn out the way I think a cake should. I've baked for years and the center of this cakes looks a bit sunken and unbaked even though I baked it as long as the recipe said I should and the toothpicks came out clean.
I haven't tried the second cake, but it doesn't matter since without the cocoa I can't tell whether it's a keeper or not.
So, after two fails, do I just scrap it? Is it worth it to try it a THIRD time? Is it that great? Because I'm getting pretty flustered even trying. I've never had this much problem making a cake - I can only ever remember one cake mistake before (forgetting an ingredient) and it didn't even matter because the cake still turned out just fine.
Who here has tried this recipe and what can you tell me?