Earlier this week I shared my personal birthday tradition -- baking myself my Aunt Blythe's Vienna Cake.
I had high hopes for this year's effort and things started off perfectly...
|The batter perfect, airy & smooth.|
|And the cake came out of the oven with souffle-like height & golden.|
Then came the de-panning...
(Can you hear the ominous, silent-era music?)
alas, the pastry gods were not favoring me that day.
The sucker was trapped, like I'd greased the pan with kindergarten paste!
|Then, just to spite me, the damn custard sauce came out PERFECTLY!|
As soon as I poured the sauce over the cake it began to deflate!
What a pathetic sight! Where did I go wrong!!
Then I realized where the fatal mistake had occurred...
Not wanting anything to go wrong, dreaming of a perfect birthday Vienna Cake, I had set the oven timer for 1 hour, to remind me to check on the cake's process, but when the timer went "beep, beep, beep" I totally forgot that the cake needed to bake another 15 mintues!!
Damn it! Foiled yet again!
But never fear, it may look disgusting, but that cake still managed to thrill the taste buds.
Maybe next year will be the year -- cake perfection!