I recently tried making a yummy looking applesauce cake that I found on Pinterest. I was very excited about how delicious and simple it looked - It required only three ingredients!
That. Damn. Applesauce. Cake.
I still can't figure out where I went wrong! The recipe was simple: A box of white cake mix, one cup of water, and one cup of unsweetened applesauce. Toss it all in a bowl, mix it up, and bake! Voila! I followed the directions. I baked it for just the right amount of time. Somehow, it still came out of the oven looking and feeling like a limp, soggy, sponge.
I figured that it was probably just one of those things that would taste better than it looked, so I let it cool for a while. I went back later to taste test it, and...it tasted like rubber. Although it smelled wonderful, I could not get past that disgusting and slightly jiggly texture.
Now, I'm not one to give up easily, so rather than walk away defeated, I stuck it out. I decided to change my outlook. Clearly this cake did not want to be just another cake, and I just needed to figure something else out.
It was then that I thought that the cake might make a nice roll-up! So I slathered on some tasty chocolate frosting, and rolled it up into a nice little loaf. Then I added more frosting. I took a step back, and what did I see?
Well, let me just say that you should be happy that I didn't take any photos. This little so-called "cake" of mine no longer resembled a limp sponge. Now, it resembled a soggy, rotting log.
"What is the deal with this thing?! Maybe if I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top..."
Nope. That didn't work.
"Okay, what if I slice it. Maybe that will make it look better and then I can focus on the flavor and texture..."
At that point, it was clear that I was fighting a losing battle. With frosting all over my hands, my face, and in my hair, I did what any sensible young woman would do...
I stuck some aluminum foil over the supposed "cake" and threw it in the fridge to be dealt with later. Then I poured myself a glass of sparkling cider and started working on dinner.
Applesauce Cake: 1 Kristi: 0