In it to Win it

Doesn’t this cake look amazing?

I didn’t make it.  Fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody did.  The photo is hers too. 

You see, there’s a bake-off tomorrow at work.  If you win, there’s a sweet traveling trophy you get.  Now I love to bake, plus I wanted to beat my Baking Arch-nemesis who always wins with her amazing recipes (and, being friends with her means I get to taste all her awesome stuff).  I’ve made this cake (it’s called a 7-layer S’mores cake) before and it. was. awesome.  I cut the recipe in half though, and made it like a 4-layer cake. 

And everybody loved it.  So I thought, this is my chance! I will finally beat Baking Arch-nemesis and get the trophy!

 

 

 

You ever get that feeling that some days you are just destined to fail?

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This is my brownie layer.  Notice how it looks like it was smooshed  back together after an unfortunate incident? Well, that’s exactly what happened. 

I flipped my brownie onto the rack too soon, it came all apart, and I burned my hands trying to get it back together.  I should have known this was not going to be a good day when I kicked my potholder for dramatic effect (I had an audience) and my shoe came off too and hit me in the face. 

I should have thrown in the towel then. 

But, I forged ahead and made the cookie layer next.  Here’s the thing about the original recipes: they are AMAZING.  You don’t need to adjust anything.  So religiously, I follow the recipe, except cut everything in half. 

The full cookie recipe calls for 1 egg. 

I do not take notes when I bake, so near as I can tell, the last time I made this recipe, I must have just thrown in a whole egg and halved everything else or something, because my cookie was PERFECT last time and this is what the “dough” looked like this time:

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Dear.  Barbara. 

you know what this reminds me of? Easy-Bake packets.  They were always grainy and nasty.  I’ve turned this amazing cookie into an Easy-Bake monstrosity. 

I baked it anyway, though, because after I patted the dough down it ALMOST looked like a cookie. 

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It turned out just about as bad as I figured. 

I’m calling it a day.  I’m giving up.  Throwing in the towel.  And I’m actually terrified to do anything that requires thinking or effort–my dress-in-progress may end up with three sleeves, the sweater I’m knitting could turn into a poncho–even the butter I tried to gently soften by putting in the micro on defrost for less than 1 minute failed!

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What the heck does one do with a melted saucer of butter?! I have no cat, so feeding it to him/her is out.  I should have known, ever since the shoe-flying incident, this was not going to be my day. 

After the terrible, horrible failure, I decided to make lunch:

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If you’re thinking to yourself, “well, that just looks like noodles covered in Ranch sauce,” you’re correct.  I didn’t even boil the noodles–they were leftovers that I microwaved. 

Thank God there’s leftovers in the fridge for dinner, otherwise the Hub-duns and I may have starved today. 

So, congratulations to Baking Arch-nemesis, you win.  And, for all of you who think this cake looks amazing, head on over to the recipe and make it–you can do it!