Sunday, September 7, 2008

Disaster Cake

Pandan Chiffon Cake is one of my all-time favourite. It is light, foamy and oh-so-yummy. But I have never made it from scratch so on Friday, after finding all the ingredients, I decided to bake. I was really pumped-up and could already taste the cake in my mouth. Oh, I didn't mention that I was fasting that day so you can imagine how excited I was thinking that I was going to have the cake for iftar.


I followed Rasa Malaysia's recipe for Lemon Chiffon Cake since hers look, well ... light, foamy and oh-so-yummy. Except for 1 thing. You need to add coconut milk into the Pandan Chiffon Cake recipe while for lemon chiffon cake, you dont need too. And me, being the not-so-smart-in-baking totally forgot about it until I have already add in all the ingredients. What did I do then? I added some coconut milk into the ingredients and continue with everything that needs to be done.

1 hour later.

Well, as you can see from the pictures, the cake was a disaster! From far, it does look like pandan chiffon cake but who wants to look at it from far, right? Since I dont have the right mould, I just used bundt cake mould and it was tricky getting the cake out thus a part of it stays inside the mould. The texture was more like a bread rather then chiffon cake. Michael had a slice of it and says that it tasted pretty good. Oh, he is such a sweetheart! But I know that it was far from pretty good. It was a disaster.

So, that was my story/experience of baking disaster. No wonder baking scares me. I am just not that good in it. However, that will not stop me from trying. I love chiffon cake too much to quit. Hopefully the next time I post about Pandan Chiffon Cake, it would look and taste like it is supposed to be. Light, foamy and oh-so-yummy.




28 comments:

Kate / Kajal said...

But i still think it must have tasted extremely good, cuz it sure looks very nice n moist and yummy !

Sri said...

It still looks good! :D
I'm still new at baking and because of that I stay clear of baked goods that has the word "chiffon" or light. hehehehehe... In my opinion, those are harder to make!

Zue Murphy said...

I think the secret to chiffon cake is the pan. I have never try bake chiffon but if I do I definitely will use chiffon mould.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Kate, thank you. You're so kind. The cake was too moist. lol.

Sri, me too but i love chiffon cakes. i will try and make it again. ;)

Zue, im not sure if its the pan. I made one fr the box before using the same mould and it turned out very good.

tigerfish said...

At least you tried! I never dare have the motivation to bake :O

Anonymous said...

Hi! I recommend THIS recipe. The ingredients are straight forward and it has never failed me. I use 1 tsp of pandan paste instead of the pandan juice.

Also, I use a chiffon pan and I usually have to run a knife along the sides to remove it as it won't slide off by itself. So I'd imagine it'd be pretty hard to remove it from a bundt pan, what with all the ridges and non removable base.

Try the recipe above, you won't regret it! ;)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks gr8 from far. I think i would have tasted yummy. Nice green color.

Lore said...

It still looks yummy! You're doing the right thing not giving up, I'm sure it will turn out just the way you want it next time :)

Jin Hooi said...

Awww. sweet heart, don't be too hard on urself. Your disaster is far too good looking to be classed as a disaster (wait till u see mine ;-p). Don't give up and keep trying ya ;-)

Andie Summerkiss said...

Isn't that the worst feeling .. to forget an ingredient, even after you prepared it and read the instruction over and over again? I do it all the time. That is quite frustrating for me. But your chiffon still looked pretty great.
Will be looking out for your next attempt!

Andie Summerkiss said...

Isn't that the worst feeling .. to forget an ingredient, even after you prepared it and read the instruction over and over again? I do it all the time. That is quite frustrating for me. But your chiffon still looked pretty great.
Will be looking out for your next attempt!

Anis Zainal-Pacleb said...

the only cake that i can bake is chocolate cake, itu pun my kak long has to supervise me...hahaaa... kalau tak confirm tak jadi punye.... anyway, i bet the second attempt will have you enjoying every inch of it while me here only got to feast my eyes *sob sob*

Jo said...

I think it still looks yummy :) What did you do with the leftovers?

Salt N Turmeric said...

Tiger, u dont bake meh?

Anon, thanks for the link. il check it out later.

Kitchen flavours, from far, yes. lol.

Lore, im gonna try make it again soon. Hopefully il get better at it. ;)

Jin Hooi, thank u for the kind words. Im not being hard, just being truthful to myself. lol.

Andie, oh yes it is! I think the problem is, reading too many recipes and in the end gets confused. At least thts my case. :P

Anis, i sure hope so too. ;)

Jo, theyr going str8 to the bin. lol.

munira said...

Oh noes. Don't give up! If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Sampai dapat.

I LURVE baking. I find it highly satisfying and very rewarding. I also like decorating cakes as well. I think you'll get over your fear of baking someday. And then you'll find that you've develop a love for it.

Haha. This reminds me of my mom's story back when she started out life as a young wife. She had plenty of baking disasters stories.

Wanna know the real secret to baking? It require this little thing called "love". That's it. You gotta have the loooove!

Ms eNVy said...

The cake still looks good .. and according to Michael it taste good .. so it is not a total disaster :) maybe you can still salvage it .. by making a trifle .. tht's what I'd do .. believe me .. I've made a lot of trifles with disaster cake :D Anyways .. don't give up girl!

charming said...

The same thing happened to me to when I used a bundt cake tin. The cake was still moist and tasty but somehow not airy enough. I'm with you on not giving up, try and try again.

Rasa Malaysia said...

Oh no, sorry to hear that. The recipe doesn't work ke? Need santan in the pandan cake? I don't know about it. Next time, just spray the pan with Pam. It does look spongy and soft though.

Maggie said...

It's too bad it didn't work out. I once left out half the sugar in a double layer chocolate layer cake. It was a sad lump of chocolate bread.

ICook4Fun said...

The cake look pretty good to me except for the part that broke. Don't worry PJ. I will get better with practice :) Try using a tube pan when you bake chiffon cake and see the outcome of it.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Munira, i do have love. I love to eat. Does that count? lol. Yea i saw you comment in fb that you used to make cupcakes and all. cayalah! ;)

Envy, terlambatlah. baru malam tadi i buang. tsk tsk.

Charming, welcome to my blog. you had the same problem too?

BY, yup needs santan for pandan flavour. My fault. Next time I will try to spray some pam first. thanks for the tip.;)

Maggie, choc bread doesn sound too bad either. ;)

Gert, itu yg malas tu kalau nak kena beli lagi pan. Tapi kalau tak jadi jugak, memang terrpaksalah membeli jugak. lol.

kay_leeda said...

Aha...someone who bakes you are. I've just started too. I believe baking does require luck. The ingredients may be right but luck may not be by your side. Zass...disaster!!

Try and keep trying, that's what I do now. But butterfies would still be in the stomach from the time the cake goes to the oven till the timer tinkles.

~Kay~

Jun said...

Farina..i never bake chiffon cake b4 coz my family r not into it..maybe kna try jugak nnti..but, ur cake looks ok..the color..texture nampak a bit like bread..boleh jd roti pandan..d taste ok kan? x per, nnti boleh try lagik..btw, ur roti jala dh jd eh?

MamaFaMi said...

Oh oh... kesian Farina. Dah ye ye nak makan chiffon cake, jadi macam ni pulak. Mama pernah cuba resepi dari buku Yen. Pandan Chiffon dia memang letak santan dan rasanya teramatlah sedap. Very very light! Huhuhu...am I making you drool? So sorry dear... but it's the truth. But don't give up okay. Keep trying ya...

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Salt N Turmeric said...

Kay_leeda, welcome. Me, bake? Not. haha. Baking to me is like going to war.:P

Jun, ur family tak suka chiffon cake ke? sedih sedih. But yup, thank god my roti jala didn turn out so bad. ;)

Mama, siapa Yen tu? nak tengok jugaklah recipe dia.

Yatie_T said...

Farina,
it still looks macam chiffon cake. kalau u tak tunjuk the left side of the picture nobody know it's a disaster. I am sure it still taste good. As for me.... tak berani nak cuba bake chiffon cake sbb I'll get pissed off so easily if it doesn't look right and refuse to cook until I'm calm down. Might take a week sebelum jijak kaki kat dapur. hehehe

MamaFaMi said...

Bake with Yen, kedai bakery. The Pandan Chiffon recipe, I've posted both in my sites.