My Cakes Fail, Jeff’s Do Not

I don’t think that it is any secret but I love to cook. But baking, well baking and I don’t really get long.

Some people might wonder if there is a difference between the two and there is. See cooking is just taking a bunch of random things a throwing them in a pan. Beautiful things then happen in that pan and you have something good to eat. But baking, well that takes patience and measuring and being exact. I don’t like that. It is just not my cup of tea.

And there is also the fact that I suck at baking.

I tried to make a chocolate with a nice caramel butter cream but apparently the cream was too creamy or something because the top layer slid off.

So I thought that I would stick to something a little more simple. Next I tried a plain boxed yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I guess you are suppose to wait for the cake to cool completely before frosting or it will not go well.

After these mess, I have given up. I know when I am beaten. I am just not a baker.

Never will be.

But thankfully there is someone else in our house that is.

Jeff has a real talent for making and decorating cakes.

The kid’s birthday’s are saved.

So when I saw that they ladies at Mayhem and Moxie were doing a Hello Cupcake Giveaway, I knew that I needed to enter but not for me but to help further Jeff’s cake making abilities.

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0 thoughts on “My Cakes Fail, Jeff’s Do Not”

  1. I would put myself somewhere between the two of you. I can successfully make and ice a cake, but it is nothing like that Nemo. Wow!

  2. Jen, you are so cute and I love you.

    You are right: cooking are baking are totally different. And, I rock at baking but COMPLETELY SUCK at cooking.

    Can I give you a few secrets that make cakes great?
    1. when you do the box thing, substitute milk for water, and add a tsp. of vanilla.
    2. when you frost the cake, make double the amount of frosting. You always need extra. If it’s for a fancy occasion, do the first layer thin (after letting the cake cool!) and let the frosting set. Then do a second layer. That way, any crumbs will not show on the second layer.

    An awesome book is the Cake Mix Doctor by Ann Byrn. You take regular cake mixes and turn them into incredible desserts, easily! You can do it!!!

    I wish you could show me how to cook.
    .-= Texan Mama´s last blog ..I {heart} faces challenge: Focusing On Angles =-.

  3. At least you can cook.

    I can’t cook OR bake.

    I’d have still eaten your cakes, by the way. I’ve made a mess of many cakes and have still eaten the remants. My husband called me an animal as I licked up discarded frosting on the foil. But hey. Can’t let good stuff go to waste!
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Happy 3rd Birthday, Natalie! =-.

  4. You know what’s more important than how a cake LOOKS is how awesome it TASTES!! Who cares if your top layer slid off the cake…if it tasted good, that’s all that matters!!

    Jeff’s cakes do totally rock…he’s the full package, isn’t he, Jen? A man who can bake…he’s a keeper!
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..A tropical oasis awaits me… =-.

  5. Oooh, I don’t know about anyone else but that first number you made w/the caramel frosting. It looks delicious. A hot mess, maybe, but absolutely yummm.

    I’m a kick ass cookette. Baking? Meh. My daughter is great at both, so as long as she lives at home we’ll be eating really great 4 squares! Lucky us:)
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..When a Black Bear turns into a Grizzly =-.

    1. A hot mess is a perfect way to describe that cake! And it was sooooo yummy. I wish that I could remember how I made it so I could make it again.

  6. I am with you. I made oldest child a horse birthday cake and everyone laughed. Oldest child informed me that it looked nothing like a horse…….

    I am so bummed that Canadians cannot enter the contest……
    .-= Momma´s last blog ..Diva =-.

  7. I’m much like you in the baking stakes!! I’ve only just started tampering with baking this year… yes… tampering!

    That clown fish Nemo cake is AWESOME!!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..101 things in 1001 days. Day Zero project. =-.

  8. See, now I can BAKE but I can’t COOK. We’d make a great team!
    (And my husband’s claim to fame is that he can make cheesecake. From scratch.)
    .-= Trenches of Mommyhood´s last blog ..The Pictures In This Post Say It All =-.

  9. Texas Mama is right on the money with everything she said. That book rocks! Another thing you can do (but I don’t know why anyone would) is you can put the canned frosting in the mixer (not this mixer because I’ve already claimed it you see) and whip it up to make it lighter and fluffer. Less frosting = less calories. On the cake. But, if you’re like me and save the extra to eat later when no one is looking I’ll just say this – pretzel sticks dipped in frosting? Oh yeah – un.believable. Seriously.
    .-= Leiah´s last blog ..Man! I Feel Like A Woman (Or not) =-.

  10. Um, wow. Your husband is making me feel inadequate. His cakes look amazing! I’m sure yours tasted really good, though. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Restaurant Time Warp =-.

  11. wow- that’s impressive that your husband can do so well. I’m just happy to have my husband be supportive of me taking the time to do them myself.
    .-= amy´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

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