The Cake From Hell or My First Month As A Daring Baker


I don’t know if you have noticed but in the text on the right hand side there’s a line that says: “What I post here [i.e. recipes] are the successful ones, let’s forget about the failures – life’s too short!” but today I’m not going to forget, no I’m going to post my failure to make the Daring Baker’s April challenge chosen by Brilynn of Jumbo Empanadas: Martha Stewart’s Darkest Chocolate Crepe Cake, aka The Cake From Hell! Well, the taste is good but I failed totally to make it look even remotely like it does on the photo. And I mean her photo, not the one below…

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When I first saw what the challenge was I had a sort of premonition or maybe it was just my opinion of Martha Stewart that shone through. I can’t say that I know that much of her because I have kept her out of my life as much as possible. The reason to that is that I have a problem with the lifestyle that she is selling, the promise of happiness and the perfection it involves, I just don’t believe in finding it in a perfect home etc., I believe it comes from within and that it just involves you and not ms Stewart. I just don’t like the concept but I realize that her style and design doesn’t have anything to do with her recipes, she probably doesn’t even make any of them at all. Let’s say that I had my doubts about being able to make a cake made with 32 layers of crepes and still make it look good. So I procrastinated. I read a lot of reports on how the other Daring Bakers proceeded and one thing became clear, the crepes were something to fear. It will be very clear to you too if you read all of our posts about this cake, there are some who had to make them several times before succeeding. But I was lucky, it wasn’t that part that destroyed it for me, it was what I made the day after, the filling and glazing. I would like to think that it was because of me having a bout of very very low blood pressure and the fact that it’s rather warm over here so that things melt almost immediately but I’m not completely convinced that is the case, I have this suspicion that I’m just not up to Martha Stewart. Not that I want to and I don’t mind being a bit of a failure as long as I’m happy. There are failures and failures and this is just a failure after all.
I did tweak a bit with the original recipe, I did add more flour to the crepe batter because it was far too thin and it helped me to make very acceptable crepes. And if I had created this recipe, it would have contained half of the fat and I bet it would still be as tasty!
But, my children and Marco are furiously working on finishing the cake and I think that is a victory after all! And Brilynn-I still love you!
After all, with a start like this, things can only get better with the other challenges…

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