The Box that evolves into a CAKE
This isn't my usual "let me show you what I've been making with cloth, paper, paint, glue..."
This is instead the story of the 97% FAT FREE VANILLA CAKE
This box arrived at my house last Saturday after my Lockdown helper did some food shopping for me. On my list was FLOUR which at the time was still mostly in the "hoarders pantries" rather than totally on the supermarket shelves.
The last time I made such a cake was possibly 30 years ago. Betty Crocker created them...but this one created by Edmonds: Sure to Rise - company who also creates FLOUR.
I was happy that I would be able to make a cake, cake is VIP when you are trapped (oops lockdown mode) and I really wanted to have cake - as I now couldn't go off to Rampants Cafe in the local shopping centre - as a/ it's not essential service b/ my level of lockdown because of my health issues is under the advisory of "must stay home..." and have someone else shop or order online.
But also it's been quite some time since I baked a cake or biscuits because I haven't needed to...and I do have issues. And indeed as you read on (if you've interested) issues occurred.
Now I started creating this yesterday - not the baking but the GATHERING OF EQUIPMENT
El. beater: I knew I had one somewhere. Found but the "sticks" not found.
Suitable sized baking tin: took some out of storage cupboard in laundry, debated which one
Mission to find "sticks" - found in the bottom kitchen drawer.
Cut circle of baking paper for fit base of tin (recipe info)
Needed a medium sized bowl - have only small or huge. Decide "huge would be best"
Line and grease tin
Preheat oven to correct temperature
Chuck mix with one egg and water into said bowl - work out how the el.beater sticks fitted the gadget and go it going, those sticks whirl very fast even on setting #1.
Pour mix into prepared tin
(there was a personal issue at this point, and when doctor if back on deck in her clinic, must have her investigate this new problem I have with hands - not serious but I have to calm down, to unwind the issue. I thought I might not have cake, rather the floor would)
Put mixture into oven and set the timer...
And then it was done, cooling on the bench, see photo above
FROSTING next. Yes within a package so chuck it in small bowl, and add water...with clean beaters, beat. Except Catherine doesn't look at instructions - ooops needs longer, reinstate sticks into gadget.
Finally spreads most of frosting on cake...
Why finally because someone had to lick the sticks as she had done with the initial cake mix!
I had a small slice - apparently I should have 12 serves, so I had to be careful not to eat a 1/4 of it otherwise I would not get TWELVE slices.
That became an issue - it's now off that plate - an on something else, I don't seem to have anything like one of those fancy plastic boxes you store cakes in. But it's in the fridge on a shelf by itself.
And it's not too bad!
Next time I might add one of the suggested flavourings
And YES I'll try another one or two...
Current shopper will be advised...