10.28.2005

A sad night

So, in case you haven't figured out by now, I'm an obsessive compulsive baker. When I find new recipes I have to try them, and I'm constantly working on developing my own recipe ideas.

A couple weeks ago while searching the internet for something completely different, I found an intriguing recipe for Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake. I've been excited to try it since then because the recipe is so unusual -- you pour hot water on top of the cake batter before you bake it. Very odd.

The idea is that the hot water allows for part of the cake to sink down to the bottom and become a pudding and then there is a layer of cake on top.

Well, last night I tried it. Followed the directions exactly. Very interesting result, and one which I'm sorry to say I just can't bring myself to post a picture of. It was a bit scary.

First of all, the cake overflowed a bit into the bottom of my oven. Second, as soon as it came out of the oven, it shrunk down to 1/2 it's size (maybe I should have done this recipe for SHF Souffles). When it shrunk down, well it just looked a bit....hmmm....gross. A uneven black jiggly thing. But it could still be ok -- not everything has to look pretty, it just has to taste good. No luck. Consistency was weird and the pudding, which was a very thin layer beneath the cake, was so sweet it overpowered the cake. The cake mixture on it's own wasn't that terrible, but that isn't the point of the cake -- the pudding is the unique part.

All in all, a sad day for cake making. I think the cake has some potential, but would involve playing around with the recipe quite a bit. I still like the idea, but maybe there is another way of going about it.

And I really wanted to eat some chocolate cake last night...instead it got fed to the garbage disposal...=(. ah well.