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Mama said there would be days like today!! LOL
And she was right.!!LOL
written with love by Sue, January 12, 2011
Would you like to know how I ended up baking two, 
yes two chocolate cakes today?......
Our church had a meal planned for one of the ladies in our church who had surgery. I committed to baking a layered chocolate cake, usually very simple....

Dh asked if I had all my ingredients,as he didn't want me out on the slick roads, and he would be off and on the farm today. I made a mental check... 1st. mistake..... I told him all I needed was some eggs, since these ladies have gone on strike! No not the rooster he is just the egg counter.
2nd. mistake...I forgot to take my butter out to soften. so I thought  "nothing to it,I will let the mixer soften it," it did but took longer than what I had planned, finally got all ingredients in and mixed it. I thought everything was doing well.
I sprayed the pans with Pam, and then lined with wax paper, sprayed again. put the batter in, and since this is a ten layer cake, I put very little batter in my pan, put them in to bake, everything seemed to be going well,,
 took them out and the wax paper stuck to the bottom of some the layers, as I tried to peel it off the layers began to tear apart.  I began to think Pam had let me down. Truth is I had left them in the oven to long. lol I knew I couldn't send a cake to someone's house with wax paper on the layers. So I had to start over again. "Reputation to protect, don't you know?"

I bake my cakes from scratch 98% of the time, but I keep several boxes of cake mix on hand for emergencies. So I decided that this was one of those emergencies.. I was short on time too, so out came the cake mix, which I altered somewhat and it really is quite good. I got the next layers in the oven, and decided to mix my icing.

Colossians 323~ And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.~
3rd.mistake..... didn't check to see if I had evaporated milk for icing. so I called dh on his cell phone, and guess where it rang, yes, inside the house, he had forgotten to take it. At this time I am reminding myself.... "you can make it easy or you can make it hard." I kept going back and forth to the window to see if dh was back at the barn,
 trying not to let these layers over bake. Just about the time they were done, I saw the truck coming down the lane... sweet relief. I went on the porch and motioned for Mr. P to come to the house, I was wondering what he would say about me forgetting to tell him I needed evaporated milk. You see we live in the country, I can't run next door, or I would have ran over and borrowed some milk. Anyhooo. Mr. P said nothing, but I won't show you the look he gave me. lol
This is the best icing soooo goood, sooo easy, did I tell you delicious it is?
I got the icing made, two batches for two cakes.
this one went to the other family
You see family will forgive you if you serve them cake with wax paper between layers where as others will tell everyone who knows you. lol.
Some might be thinking "she was just looking an excuse to have some cake for her and Mr. P.... hee hee.
When Mr P. came in I told him what happened, he just had to have a piece of His cake before he left to deliver, "thanks hon", I must say he was grinning, and couldn't figure out what was wrong with it... Just made up for two trips to the We girls know its a girl thing, don't we!!
Romans 8:28~ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Enjoy your day,


Lady Farmer said...

Oh, why do those things happen when we are making something for someone else? Well, I am sure the lady really appreciated the cake that you sent. What a *sweet* thing to do! And your hubby benefited, also!
Like your momma said, this was just one of those days, I guess!
Blessings to you today, my friend!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Sue,
Happy New Year again!
I've had many of the Murphy Law days.
No fun but usually all works out.
We are snowed in as well. After being in CA, it's hard to take this cold snap we're having.
I wish many blessings for you this New Year. God is always so good!
Glad to hear your vertigo is gone.

Anonymous said...

We all have these days! The cake looks delicious and I know the lady really appreciated it. I sure am hungry for chocolate cake now but I don't have all the ingredients and we are snowed in!!!!

Farm Girl said...

That is such a cute story. Wow, some days are like that always when it is for someone else. Hey, I noticed that with Pam too, things that have never stuck are sticking. I am pulling my hair out because the first few times I thought it was me, but yesterday, baking Blueberry Muffins the same thing happened. I wonder if they changed something.

Oh you asked about sugar? Cold turkey. I never have the patience to wean it off slowly. I just do it and suffer the consequences. I will start my 3rd week tomorrow so all is better but that first week, I wanted to gnaw the legs off the tables.
That is beautiful cake.
I am glad you are feeling better.
Hugs from me to you.

Rebecca said...

I'd eat either one! I love chocolate.

Elena said...

That cake looks so delicious. Isn't that interesting how Murphy's Law always comes into play when you have a deadline:) I enjoyed your story of the cakes. Blessings to you today! Elena

Happy@Home said...

Hi Sue,
Oh gosh, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has days like that. LOL. How sweet of you to bake such a special cake for your friend. It looks scrumptious and undoubtedly will help to speed her recovery. I think it only fitting for you and Mr. P. to have your own cake after all that you went through.

Jenni said...

Ah ha! So I'm not the only one that has things like that happen! WHEW!

But I must say those cakes look so yummy!

goodness! I wish there was a way to have a piece through this computer screen.....

thanks for sharing the story, though, and you had a wise Momma...

Blessings, Jenni

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

Hi Sue, I'm back.
BTW, thanks for your note, sorry I didn't get back to's been crazy.
Anyhooooooooooo love this little story, but your right, it always happens when we are doing it for someone else. Been there and done that too.

Hope your having a blessed week and a wonderful start to the new year.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Sue, You're going to laugh at me...I'm laughing..I couldn't find the comment link for this post, so I left it on the previous entry :) :) I'm sorry the first cake didn't turn out quite right...but yes, extra chocolate cake is always helpful...!!!!...and necessary, to!!! I have to say the final result turned out wonderful!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Angel Wings and Apron Strings said...

Yes indeed - some days are sent to try us lol!
Well, your cakes look fabulous and I'm sure they were delicious and worth all your hard work and stress. God bless you Sue for being such a thoughtful lady :-)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I can't tell you have this ministered to my heart. I had stayed up to bake this cake for my son's birthday celebration at school. I took great pictures of it and planned to post the "never goes wrong" cake...well it wouldn't come out of the pan...I mean...would not. I had to cut each piece from the bundt it went in pieces to his class. Now I don't have a reputation to uphold...if I did it is now gone.

So I was so comforted that it can happen to the best of you!! Your cakes look and I am sure tasted wonderful!!

Thanks for letting God minister to my mess this morning.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Why does it always happen when we are doing something for someone else? I often think it is the enemy trying to discourage us.
Alls well that ends well. I'm sure they were both delicious!

Lori said...

Love this post. The cakes look yummy. I would have done it all the same way. Wax paper is no big deal, it doesn't even taste funny.

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