Thursday, 27 October 2011

Bad Mix or Bad Cook?

When baking a cake, I'd normally start from scratch using all the different ingredients, but when I saw a Victoria sponge cake mix in Tesco for 49p I thought that it'd probably be cheaper and easier than buying the ingredients I needed separately! All you need are two eggs and some water.

I really wanted it to work! I baked it this morning for my Dad's birthday meal this evening. I used exactly the right size tins and the right amount of eggs, but when I put the mix into the tins it barely covered the bottom! I assumed they must have some amazing raising ingredient in there to poof it up a bit! I think my problem was that I didn't have an electric whisk, so perhaps my mixture wasn't as airy as it should've been but I did try to compensate with lots of floofing-up hand maneuvers!

Sadly, when I pulled it out of the oven after 15 minutes, the cake layers were only about a centimetre thick! It's probably mostly my fault, but I now have an inch thick cake instead of a lovely voluminous sponge! The cake is still fairly airy and light, just... thin! It is also, having tried a crumb, pretty darn tasteless compared to other sponges I've made myself. 

The cake was my responsibility so it's off to find some more ingredients, or maybe just a ready-made cake that I can't mess up!!

Happy birthday to you,
Sorry your birthday cake is poo,
I'll do better next year,
Happy birthday to you!


Karen said...

Hi Bryallen, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Shame the cake mix was a bit of a disaster.

saving for travel said...

Poor you! I bet it tastes great.

Sft x

Isa said...

The mixer is what missed, because it make the air enter the mixture and gives it volume. But don't worry, I bet your daddy will just LOOOooooOOOOVE it!