How NOT to bake

Interwebs I'm about to share my baking wisdom with you.  All of this is of course purely speculative and hypothetical and defenitely not-based on my experiencebaking a cake last Tuesday night ostensibly to "use up buttermilk".

  1. Do not be lazy.
    1. Do not use the whisk attachment on your immersion blender.  It's not the same as your beaters and it will not save you the time of digging out your beaters.  If you do this you will cuss repeatedly while butter flys around the kitchen. And on that note...
    2. The recipe means it when it says "use softened butter".
    3. Don't rush when taking eggs out of the fridge.  Shockingly it doesn't save time when you drop one on the floor.
    4. Do NOT  shove your oven rack haphazardly.  This will lead to lopsided baked goods.
  2. Do not substitute unless you know what you are doing.  For reals though.  Whole wheat flour does not equal all-purpose flour.
  3. It's not always the best idea to throw in cheese at the last minute for fun.

Now it's important that I share some better advice about HOW TO EAT.  Even if your cake turns out lopsided and your kitchen ends up with egg on your faux-brick linoleum floor and butter splattered all over the back splash you should still eat your cake in greedy bliss while watching Lost.

It's up to you to have your cake and eat it too!

Posted on May 5, 2010 and filed under Livin la Vida Loca.