Hi fellow bakers. Here’s my latest cake. It is not my best effort, but by posting some of the problems, we can all learn a little. I made a Maple walnut layer cake. I use Rose’s Golden downy yellow cake. I add some maple extract and maple syrup to the batter (don’t have the proportions with me right now). I then Make mousseline buttercream with maple syrup. I follow the directions for the classic buttercream/maple variation, but I cook the sugar to 248 degrees and beat it into egg whites…works like a charm.
OK…here’s what went wrong. I’ve been baking for years…and still occasionally make stupid mistakes. I put both layers on the same shelf in my oven, the pans were touching and although they tested done, they were completely wet and underbaked in the areas where the pans were touching. It was 11 PM…and well…I had to press on…and there was no way to really salvage it and have it look good…so I started again. (I did snack on the part that was baked through, though).
Started again, rebaked the layers, but by the time I was done…I was just too too tired to do the frosting. I did the frosting while my guest was over and frosted the cake right before we ate. I had forgotten, that when you cook the maple syrup to 248 degrees it really bubbles up a lot on the way. I had used a pot that was too small…and the hot syrup bubbled up all over my stove…with my guest there. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! In addition, there was no more maple syurp in the house. I added some corn syurp, eyeballing it considering I wasn’t sure how much I lost. got it up to temperature, finished the buttercream, and added a little extra maple extract in the end to compensate for the corn syrup. I quick frosted the cake and did a quick border, encrusted it with nuts and dug in. I isn’t my prettiest cake, for sure, but it tasted fine. Even with all the misshaps, and with all the cleaning of the stove…it was fine in the end.
With my guest and “other half” standing there waiting for cake….cake…cake…we want cake…now!...I couldn’t really take my time assembling and piping, and making everything neat and pretty…but here it is.