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A cake-based sulk (apple and almond cake disaster)

May 11, 2012

Sorry I’ve not posted recently. I’m in a sulk

I wanted to make a nice cake for a friend who is in the middle of revision-nightmare season at LSE, so I tried to make an apple and almond cake. It turned out to be perhaps the biggest cake disaster I have had to date, or at least on an equal with the carbon frisbee honey cake I tried to make for my Mum’s Birthday, but I’m blaming that one on the Oven-of-Evil.

It’s hard to describe what this cake did, but remember when you used to make sandcastles and if you didn’t compact the sand enough it all went FLOOOMP into a heap when you turned it out? Well, that’s what the cake did.

It was cooked all the way through too. I don’t understand. What’s worse is, it tasted great. It just looked like….er…I’ll leave that to you imagination. Definitely not presentable to the general public though

I had some spare mix which I’d made into mini cakes , they survived a tiny bit better:

Apple and almond cake with crunchy nut topping

Apple and almond cake with crunchy nut topping


I followed the recipe mostly. The only change I made was that it was meant to have half cream and half milk, but I’d run out of milk so I used 3/4volume of cream mixed with water. Would that really have killed it that badly? Help me, online baking world!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2012 9:09 pm

    I doubt your cream/ water would have changed things to that extent.

    I wonder if it’s one of those brownie-like cakes that need to be allowed to cool in the tin before turning out — keep their shape only when cool.

    I made a chocolate cake like that once.

  2. May 11, 2012 11:19 pm

    I agree with Kavey – I don’t think the cream/water killed it. At least it tasted good which is what counts. It’s very frustrating when things don’t turn out as expected so I feel your pain!

    • May 13, 2012 9:04 pm

      Yes I think that could be right too my recent baking disaster resulted in a broken cake as I tried to slice it in half when it was still hot. I should have let it cool down before releasing it from the tin. I bet your cake tasted wonderful though!!

  3. May 15, 2012 8:05 pm

    I’ve had a few inexplicable baking disasters too…always frustrating…especially when it tastes really good, despite the aesthetics!!! I like the idea of an apple and almond cake…and if in doubt definitely blame it on the evil oven!! 🙂

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