May 31, 2010
I found the ideal cake - the Golden Lemon Almond Cake that she blogged about on June 21, 2009. This cake is on the quick and easy list, and more important, Marie had a couple of screw-ups when making it and received a lot of advice and tips about it. The bar was not as low as I wanted, but it was as low as it was going to get. Marie offered to help, but I decided I would put Rose's instructions to the acid test and do the whole thing on my own.
I love the scale. I've watched Marie use it hundreds of times since she started the Breadbasketcase blog but never really appreciated it until now. That's why there are no measuring cups in the picture (though that's not what I took away). The precision that's possible with the scale appeals to my German background, accounting training, and bureaucratic soul (if that's not too blatant an oxymoron). I weighed almost everything.
One of Marie's screw-ups was having some cake damage when unmolding it - so I looked at the tips in the blog entry and sprayed half a can of Baker's Joy inside the pan and used a brush to get into all the nooks and crannys.
I also avoided Marie's screw-up about forgetting to add the nuts at the right time, but then I screwed up by forgetting to sift the flour into the mixing bowl - at least everything was there.
So, I failed to prove that Rose's instructions aren't foolproof. I had a good time doing it (except for scrapping my knuckle on the grater), and Marie seemed to enjoy it. And it wasn't bitter either.
Oh, and how did it taste?
Marie: "Very moist and tender."
Karen: "Lively lemony flavor."
Jim: "Well, it could have been worse."
Posted by Marie at 12:01 AM