Sunshine’s Experiment with Baking!!

Ignore the title, because when I bake, I don’t experiment, since I consider myself quite a good cook and baker:)  It just so happened that while baking a brownie cake for the Christmas eve dinner at Mikey’s that I forgot baking soda. It wasn’t my fault that I forgot baking soda, since the recipe put baking soda in the ingredient list but didn’t mention when to put it in.  By the time I realized what happened, it was too late, my brown cake did not rise. It was only a inch tall.  And it was very mushy.  So I put it in the fridge for couple of hours so it would gain some structure and I also didn’t realize that a couple of hours would make a brownie cake rock hard.  I’m not joking, Grant literally had to smash it with a knife.  The good thing that came out of this was the taste was still the same even though it was an odd little brownie!!
And since my brain could not except failure, I had to go bake something else chocolately for Mikey and her family.  This time I used a cake mix, which I wouldn’t have used if my mom wasn’t scared that I was going to destroy another baking experiment.  This time I made sure I had all the ingredients and put them ALL in.  Now what happened next isn’t completely my fault.  I asked my mom if I could put it in a tall rectangle baking pan and she said sure.  When I pulled it out of the oven, it looked fine until I stuck a knife to see if it would come out clean.  It didn’t, it came out gooey and then I realized that there was too much batter in the pan.  Mom this is your fault, not mine.  I had to rip off the top layer of the cake which was already crusted and put it in the oven for another ten minutes.  But guess what, I had to go make a another mistake.  Since I was in a hurry, I forgot all about cooling the cake and dumped it upside down on a plate.  The cake started to sag, so it resembled a sunken ship of sorts.  Then I iced it with frosting which was difficult, since whenever I tried to ice the corner of the cake it would pull apart and I would have to stick back together.  Since it looked a bit sad, I sprinkled a generous amount of rainbow coloured sprinkles.  It tasted really good though:)
 (Edited to add that this picture was taken 30 seconds before Grant devoured the last of the brownie. Apparently it REALLY WAS good!)
For anyone who wants take on the MIGHTY BROWNIE, here is a recipe:
Brownies (remember the baking soda!!!)
175 mL ( ½ cup+2 tbsp) FLOUR
125 mL (½ cup) MARGARINE or BUTTER
250 mL (1 cup) SUGAR
A pinch of salt
3 mL (½ tsp+¼ tsp) BAKING SODA
80 mL (1/3 cup) COCOA POWDER
40 mL  (2 tbsp+2 tsp) COCOA POWDER
30 mL (2 tbsp) MARGARINE or BUTTER
10 mL (2 tsp) WATER
    1.  Preheat oven to 350F (175C). In a small saucepan melt margarine or butter and cocoa, stirring as it melts. Remove from heat
    2. Beat eggs in medium bowl until frothy. Add sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Don’t stir yet. Pour cocoa mixture over top the dry mixture in the bowl and stir all together.
    3. Cover the interior of the 8×8 inch pan with wax paper. Pour batter in to pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. To check if the brownie is done baking, insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean without any batter clinging to it.
    4. Icing: Beat all 4 ingredients together, adding more liguid if mixture is too firm to spread and more icing sugar if it’s too soft. Spread over warm brownies. Allow to set before cutting. Cuts into 25 squares.
Remember the baking soda!! Hope it turns out well:)

2 thoughts on “Sunshine’s Experiment with Baking!!

  1. mikey January 4, 2012 / 3:34 am

    That cakey brownie, saggy or not was excellent!! It didn’t last very long at our house.

  2. Carole January 4, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    If its chocolate I know someone who will eat it. Even the waxy easter bunnies. Right? and cake is so much better!!!!

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