I pride myself in thinking that I am a fairly good cook. Oh sure I had some failures as a teenager when I was learning to cook. I mean I know my family will still remember Strawberry Rock and Banana Hunk but those were minor occurrences . But I moved on and felt that I had mastered cooking fairly well. That is until yesterday. Oh sure I have my not so great looking dishes but for the most part they turn out well and taste good. Hence the reason Chris and I are both watching our weight now, I guess. It tastes too good! So on week 3 (already!) of trying to adjust our diet and eat a little healthier, limiting sugar and fat, I have been trying out some new recipes. Enter my worst food fail to date.
I bought a couple of new cookbooks to get some new recipes and decided to make a Sponge Cake for dessert since we have been passing up on desserts lately I thought it would be a nice treat. Serve it up with some strawberries and low fat Cool Whip and it would be delightful —or so I thought.
I actually made it twice, thinking that I had somehow left something out. That is the sad part. Well, I followed the directions exactly both times and the results were pitiful. A sponge cake turned into a brick cake. I don’t know of any self respecting sponge out there who would claim that this was what it was! Good grief. It did not rise, it just sat there. I had envisioned an angel food type cake with lift and air and what I got was a rock. The directions say to invert the tube pan upside down on a plate after baking and allow to cool. Well when I followed those instructions to the T and turned around to the sink I heard a “clunk” as the “cake” fell out of the pan onto the plate. Not quite what it was supposed to do.
And that was a salad fork, folks!!! Hmm. Well, never one to just give up I decided to see how it tasted and give it a try without totally abandoning hope.
As you can image it tasted horrible. We tried to eat it. We really did. But we ended up eating around the so called sponge cake. It was horrible. If anyone out there has a great diabetic sponge cake recipe PLEASE let me know! I need it!!! The one in the American Diabetes Association cookbook is horrible.
Oh and if any of you see any birds flying around Mason City area with difficulty on their lift off—perhaps they partook of some of my thrown out sponge cake. It is probably sitting like a rock in their stomachs like it is in mine. So much for weight loss—I think this caused me to GAIN weight!!!