I really enjoy reading Pintester to see real-world results of all these crazy Pinterest posts. I’ve had my own successes (anything that starts with “roll out some crescent dough” will turn out just fine) and some failures. So, having been inspired by the Pintester Movement, I’ll share one failure with you now so you don’t make the same mistake I did.
Last Christmas I was inspired by this Eggnog Pound Cake and thought it would be the easiest thing to bring to a friend’s holiday party. Boxed cake mix, just add eggnog. So easy, right?
In true Pintester fashion, I improvised a little. First of all, there was no pound cake mix in Safeway. There was angel food cake mix, though, and I figured that really you can do this with any cake mix because it’s just substituting the water/milk in the recipe, right?
First of all, the mix smelled strange. It had a chemical odor. I figured that would come out when it baked, whatever. I also noticed that on the box there were very clear instructions not to eat the raw mix. Who DOESN’T eat a little raw cake mix? Why would they warn you against it? Still, I pressed on.
Then about halfway through the baking time I went to check on it and had to abort:
I think I did something wrong with this recipe… pic.twitter.com/RItYzHcE
— Karen Twelves (@ktwelves) December 17, 2012
It had bubbled up and overflowed in the pan, leaving noxious drippings on the bottom of the oven. Plus it was still mostly liquid!
I poured it down the drain, ran the disposal, cleaned out the bottom as best I could, and by that time I had to leave for the party empty-handed. I left a note for my roommate: “Had a baking accident, sorry about the smell.”
I still think that if I could just find the right mix (or, you know, make one from scratch ha ha ha yeah right) it’d work, because clearly it’s the angel food cake’s fault. Clearly.