Friday, 18 May 2012

Food Waste Friday - A Baking Disaster!

Things going wrong seems to be a recurring theme this week...

Washing machines, heaters left on all day, library fines...and now cakes!

Spurred on by the success of the belated birthday baking session earlier in the week, and to celebrate Daughter finishing her Year 6 SATs (national Standard Attainment Tests), I cooked a big lemon cake yesterday.

Only I forgot the main ingredient.  Flour.  I got a phone call half way through the cake mixing process resulting in sugar being added twice, but flour not at all!  Now, with two Coeliacs in my immediate family, I can do gluten-free with the best of them, but this was not a gluten-free recipe.  Unfortunately it wasn't until the mixture was bubbling all over the oven, magic porridge pot style, that I realised what had happened.

I now have an oven to clean and a large amount of sweet sticky stuff, ranging from jaw breaking brandy snap texture round the edges, to Ben and Jerry's cookie dough ice cream texture in the middle!  I can't bear to waste it and it's too sweet to feed the chickens.  Any ideas?



(I like how it's a kind of inverted cake!)

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Check out FareShare which supports communities to relieve food poverty. 

"FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste".

I heard about the charity through reports of last Friday's Feeding the 5000 event in Bristol.  Whilst I have the luxury of fretting about lemon cake gone wrong, it's chastening to remember those who don't.





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Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it.




10 comments:

  1. Suitable for wild birds maybe? Don't know! I've yet to forget flour from a cake recipe, but there's time yet! I also had waste, midweek waste for me, grapes and 1 apple, which I suppose I could have eaten but as there was probably zero nutrients and zero taste seemed pointless even to a no-waste-gal like myself!

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    1. That's one option...although it might do horrible things to their beaks! I've had a look at your grapes and apple. I don't think there's much you could have done with them - there's nothing worse than a cotton woolly apple! A friend has just inspected the cake goo and reckons it could be re-used as a cheese cake base?!

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  2. Somehow I see eating ice cream with your cake concoction.

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    1. Thanks and welcome to the blog! Good idea, especially because we have several tubs with 'ends' of icecream in, so that would be a 'two lots of waste ticked off the list' solution!

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  3. I agree with live and learn. Use the crispy parts as an ice cream topper. The cheese case base sounds like it might work for the gooey part. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks also and welcome also, Sunshine Mae Designs! Now we're talking...two desserts out of one cake disaster...that's good value and scores highly on the frugal-o-meter!

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  4. We've all done it C:

    At least yours is salvageable, how about a cake version of Eton mess?

    I once substituted salt for the sugar, now that was gross.

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    1. Ooh I LURVE Eton Mess- that could be worth a try! Salt instead of sugar?! Not nice! Thanks for visiting the blog Jane!

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  5. I like the suggestion of using it with ice cream. Or maybe a part of a trifle - layering the cake with whipped cream and berries. That's a tough one!

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  6. Hi Barb! Trifle...yummy! Another friend who has seen the cake splodge in real life suggested trifle too! I reckon there's enough of the gooey stuff to try several dessert options and of course I will report back!

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