Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Busy


What's that?
Ground beef, browned and frozen solid on account of The New One's birthday is Saturday and we're serving sloppy joes at her party.
This afternoon I brought the the stuff in from the freezer and crumbled the sheet pan shaped expanses of meat into alternate containers to store until I'm ready to make the joe sauce on Saturday.
Upstairs in the sewing room the party preparations take a more attractive form. I've got table cloths to hem.


I baked the first layer of the cake today too. Sadly, I didn't toothpick test it when I took it out of the oven. As it cooled and the middle sunk lower and lower, my regret grew and and grew.
When It was entirely cool, I decided to take steps to see just how bad the damage was and save it if possible.
First, I cut off the puffed edges of the cake so the top was nice and even. It was looking pretty good at this point. When I inverted it though, the doughy center stayed in the pan.
Drat.
The last thing I need is an unusable but delicious cake sitting around asking me to eat it. So here's what I did;
I got a spoon and scraped out what was left of the gooey center (yeah, I don't know what I was thinking taking it out of the oven. I guess I wasn't. There's the problem) then I took the scraps of deliciousness I'd trimmed off the top and filled in the hole.
That patched up cake is in the freezer hoping I'll deem it worthy to serve as a layer in the finished birthday cake.
I guess that's one of those secrets that's never supposed to leave the kitchen, but it's out now.
What do you think, should I use the cake?

6 comments:

Melissa M. said...

Is it in poor taste to rsvp on your blog? My family will be at the party. There I did it.
Sorry, I am too lazy to open up my email.

Stefannie said...

Can you crumble the cake up and make cake balls? Pioneer Woman has a great little step-by-step on cake balls - she puts 'em on a stick and covers them in melting candy. Could be fun party favors!

Lauranie said...

I say if it is usable...then use it!!! The cake balls idea sound interesting...might check that out!! I have a bday party this weekend myself...she wanted it at a Bowling Alley....yay for EASY!! I am just making cupcakes and a crown for her to wear!!! NO last minute sewing for me this time!! Last year, whoa....I made 11 cheerleader skirts and 9 sport towels as party favors.....so this year....EASY!!! :D

Eva said...

Melissa- I'm not here to judge.
Stefannie- Cake balls were my first thought but this week is so crazy I don't dare try it.
Maybe I'll leave the cake in the freezer until the dust settles and then give cake balls a go.
Lauraine- You are a crazy woman. 11 cheerleader skirts? How do my kids get invited to your parties?

Alisa said...

If you're going to ice the cake, I'd use it. You won't even see it!

the5ofusnj said...

A little note about your beef. If you leave space between the crumbles before you freeze, you won't have to crumble once frozen. You can just shake it into a freezer bag once frozen (and lay flat in the freezer)! Spread the cooked beef crumbles onto parchment (on the pan)! I love having cooked beef crumbles for spaghetti, tacos and sloppy joes!

I can't remember how I found your blog, but I'm determined to make that backpack!!!

Carri