November 3rd, 2007

Help me please, I need to make a good Birthday cake.

I have to make a birthday cake for my mum next week, and so far it is not going well. We don't really get on that well, so I want this to be really good (nice logic!) so, since I have not made a large chocolate cake since becoming vegan I decide to try it out before making it on the day.

The first one I made (I can't remember where from) was not tasty. Just, not good, and it sank a bit in the middle. The second one I tried was the raspberry chocolate one from VwaV, but that sank a lot in the middle, then cracked completely into two halves. The next was a hersheys one, recommended by loads and loads of people in various threads in the community. But that sank a ridiculous amount.

Tragic cake here.Collapse )

So... I don't really know where to go from here. This may sound big headed, but I'm a pretty good baker normally. Before becoming vegan people used to pay me to bake cakes for them, I can follow a recipe, my techniques are ok, my oven is the right temperature but I still can't make a large vegan cake that doesn't sink in the middle, so I guess something must be wrong. I figure it's rising too much for the strength of the protein structures in it, they can't hold it up so it sinks, but I don't have enough time or enough allegiance to any of these recipes to play and play until it goes right.

But, this can't go wrong, I need to make a good cake, and I'm starting to run out of time to test it. And I feel crappy, and under stress, and useless, and it all makes me want to cry, and I don't like feeling like this. Dealing with my mother makes me feel like this anyway, I don't want any extra fuel for it. Does anyone know what might be going wrong? Or have an amazing basic chocolate cake recipe that's worth a shot? I've looked through the tags (where these came from originally) but could really do with some more help. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, it just needs to work!

Bubble and Squeak

This is just a small post singing the praises of bubble and squeak. I mentioned it in passing in another post recently and was shocked to discover that some people haven't eaten it! I feel like making a public service announcement to say that whenever anyone is cooking a meal that contains both mashed potato and some kind of leafy green they should cook double so there is some to fry up the next day!

Roast-type dinner, then bubble and squeak leftovers.Collapse )