Monday, April 21, 2008

TWD carrot cake...

I measured my dry ingredients...


I whisked my dry ingredients...



I prepped my carrots...


I grated my carrots...



I baked my little carrot cakes...



Well, I gave it a shot. I don't know what exactly caused the problem...I'm sure I did not account for the amount of leavening in the batter when I filled my little cake pans...I left out the nuts, coconut and raisins (we're not really into chunks in cake around here) and did not compensate for that...should I have replaced those ingredients with something else??? I have the worst luck with cakes made from scratch. Normally I am such a perfectionist that I would have given this another shot, but at this point I was out of carrots, out of time and...out of patience...it had been a long day!

42 comments:

diane said...

Oh man, that looks like something I would bake with a mix! You can call this one Tuesday With Diane!

Jayne said...

Oh no!! I gasped out loud at that last picture!

Mary Ann said...

That is interesting- I made some cupcakes and the tops flattened out like that too. Hmmm- maybe next time?

Bumblebutton said...

Oh. I feel bad--it doesn't even look like there is anything salvageable there? Did you at least lick the bowl?

Rebecca said...

Perfection is so boring. Your last pic made me laugh out loud. What an awesome set-up. :)

SiHaN said...

oh my gosh... wat happened? i dun see anything even edible there.

cheer up alright? perhaps give this one more shot? i promise it makes for reallie good cake.

Anne said...

Oh man, that last picture (very reminiscent of what happened to me too!)... hopefully we'll do better next week!

Heather said...

oh no! I'm sorry you had troubles this week. I wish I knew what happened. There's always next week!

Rachel said...

That last picture actually made me feel normal! SO many of my cake attempts have ended like that. It's SO frustrating!

Caroline said...

sorry you had trouble with the recipe!

amanda. said...

Oh no! Those poor, sad cakes. :( I hope you have better luck next week.

Kelly said...

After my own marshmallow fiasco of last week, I can relate. If you like carrot cake, give it another shot. I thought this recipe was worth it.

Kim said...

oh my! you poor thing! i was a little thrown off by the last pic!!! How disappointing for you...but i agree, give it another shot sometime, the cake really is declicious! Thanks for the smile!

CB said...

Oh no! the last picture is so sad. I wonder what happened? I definitely hope you give it another try. I am not a carrot cake fan but I really liked this one. ps. Your question on my blog about the cupcake liners. They are called "party nut cups" or "souffle cups" and I buy them at Smart&Final :)
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Cheryl said...

Oh no! : ( I wonder if it had something to do with your carrots being so finely chopped than coarsely grated? What a bummer!

mimi said...

awww, i actually kind of giggled at that last photo, even though i'm sure you were cussing at it!! sorry they didn't come out for you. maybe it had something to do with the shape of the pan with that thing in the middle. hopefully you might try it again some other time, it was very yummy!

hornedfroggy said...

Oh no! Now that you know how much it will rise, you can try it again - I'm sure it will be better the second time!! :) Love your blog, btw!!

Di said...

Wow, I'm not sure what would have made them do that! I think you're probably right that it had something to do with the leavening, and maybe overfilling the pans. I did the same thing with my carrots (finely chopped rather than shredded) and didn't have a problem, so I doubt it was that.

Jennie said...

this was all my fault. I was burdening you with all of my issues and so you had no time to focus on your project. ha it makes me actually feel good that the great Annemarie isn't always perfect in the world of baking. however, in my book, you are still a fabulous cook!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Wowsa, that's last image is a doozie! Think you'll try again?

Dianne said...

Oh wow. I'm sorry they didn't turn out for you. :(

Engineer Baker said...

So sad! Hopefully things will go better next week!

Jaime said...

i'm sorry it didn't work out for you. i guess you left out too many ingredients?? even if you don't like chunky cakes my recommendation is to try the pastry queen recipe, chunks and all and see how you like it :)

Melissa said...

hahaha - glad you posted anyway!

KN said...

LOL! Thanks for posting!! It's always so humbling to know that I'm not the only one who has issues like this, sometimes. I'm sure it was a fluke! Love the photos!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

ack! oh no! i'm not sure if this is correct, but i have one theory...it looks like maybe your carrots were processed really fine, which may have may have caused them to leak too much moisture into the batter as it baked. (i did a course grate and loosely packed them into the measuring cup.) so frustrating when things go wrong!

kim said...

oh no! such sad little cakes... sorry to hear of the disaster, but it did make a great blog entry ;)

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carrie said...

Oh dear! I'm sorry... hahaha.
I guess we all have our share of "baking blunders" (feel free to check out my TWD flan if you want proof). Better luck next time! :)

Shari said...

I like you you lead us up to that last picture! Sorry they didn't turn out! I'm wondering why it happened too! Better luck next time!

Uriona Family said...

When I quickly skimmed though the pictures before reading I thought that it was a nice outside crust-like thing and you were going to fill it with something delicious and beautiful.
No such luck...it is good to see that at least something you did wasn't perfect...it makes me feel better about my own muffed up attempts, although I am sure if you made them again they would be perfect afterall. :)
BTW...levening? Who keeps levening at their house? I have A LOT to learn from you

Hygeian Stew said...

too funny! I love the wind up with the preparation photos, I was expecting the masterpiece carrot cake! Sorry your tiny cakes didn't come out, this recipe was giving everybody problems!

PheMom said...

OK, I'm so upset for you because I'm the same way about being a perfectionist, but that was a seriously funny setup. Hmmm... I wonder if the carrot was shredded too small. I think it says to grate it "regular" size and it looks like it was smaller. I wonder if that would affect it. I overfilled too and had sinkage, but not as much (and I left all the extras out too). Anyway, don't give up. You'll beat it!!

LyB said...

I had no idea something like that could even happen. Talk about surprising us with that setup though! I hope the next recipe you try turns out alright! :)

Mary said...

I feel your pain! Its strange that some of us had better experiences than others when trying to convert the recipe to cupcakes or mini cakes. I, however, am in your sinking club :(

Amber said...

Been there, done that recently with a recipe I got off the Internet for cupcakes. Ugh!

I just popped over here from Stie's place! In addition to being a mommy blogger, I also run a site called Mile High Mamas for The Denver Post. We are currently running a Favorite Dinner Recipe contest and the winners will be published with a picture of their family in the newspaper. If you have a favorite recipe, send it to me at amber@milehighmamas.com.

Thanks!

Katrina said...

Oh no!
I lost my cupcakes to underestimating the rise-factor too... The mini-cakes started to over-flow as well, but I wiped away the edges and finished their bake time, and salvaged them enough to call them 'rustic'.
So sorry it didn't work out for you.

Gretchen Noelle said...

So sorry these didn't really come out for you. The recipe was a great one and hopefully you will try it again sometime!

Cecilia said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry about your cupcakes. I'm also sorry that I have no idea what went wrong. Maybe next time...

Shirlie said...

So sorry your cakes deflated and disappeared on you. This recipe seemed a little finicky, anyhow. At least your preparation photographs are gorgeous! Great post, I like your honesty!

Donna said...

Oh My Gosh! Is that a real untouched photo? I'm sooo sorry this happened and after all your time and effort.
You know what? We ALL have those times. There's always next week! Yes, do try again! It was a great recipe.
Hugs!

Sharon said...

What a shame...that cake pan looked like it would have made some really cute mini cakes.