Tuesday, November 24, 2009

TWD: All-in-one Holiday Bundt Balls

This week for Tuesdays with Dorie, I made the All-in-one Holiday Bundt Cake, chosen by Britin of the Nitty Britty.

I know. This does not look like a bundt. You're right, but believe it or not, it did start off that way.

I had every intention to make this all-in-one holiday bundt cake as written, but I couldn't find cranberries...again. And I even went to a new store this time, but no luck. No problem, I thought, I'll just use dates instead. That's kinda holiday-ey, right?

So I set to making the cake. The cake mixed together without a hitch. Things went smoothly as it went into the oven. Ten minutes before time, I smelled the cake, and it smelled ready. I poked it several times with a skewer, and it came out clean, so I pulled it out of the oven.

I was a little in a rush, so I let it cool a few minutes while I got ready to go. I came back to the kitchen wanting to flip it out of the pan before I left. All went well with the flip, but it wasn't coming out of the pan. Then it was, but only part way. I started to panic...I wanted a pretty bundt shape, but it wasn't looking good.

I decided that part of the problem might be my rushing, so I wanted to put the part that was breaking back into the pan. I tried to flip it back into the pan, but disaster struck. My pan is silicone, and it just did not take well to being flipped with only part of the cake in it. So it slipped, and I flipped the cake halfway into the pan and halfway onto my cooling rack. Pretty great, huh?

I didn't have time to break down and cry, so I just grabbed a bowl, dumped the cake in it, destroyed it with a spoon, wrapped it in saran wrap, and left.

But I had to do something with the cake, so cake balls it was. Cake balls don't need any preformed cake shape, so it was a natural choice for this catastrophe. But they turned out pretty good. I call them bundt balls. Jacob says I can't do that, but I just did. So there. :p

The cake balls were nice, a little spicy, a little chewy, a little crunchy, and a lot of delicious. I think I would have preferred the bundt, but for a lemonade version, I was pretty happy.

So check out the other TWDers, and their more successful bundts!


Flourchild said...

Oh so funny, Im sure it wasn't at the time, but your story made me laugh. I think you made a great save and Bundt Balls is perfect!

Amanda said...

How cute!!! You get my vote for the most creative alteration to this recipe LOL I have several bags of cranberries in the freezer, I keep hearing about people not able to find them. Glad I stocked up :-/

Judith said...

Ha, how fun! This is a good idea for taking lemons and making lemonade. Haven't posted the picture yet, but mine turned out looking pretty nice... however, I did notice that it's a *very* crumbly cake. It came close to breaking with the flip and I fully cooled the thing. Fortunately I had a pan with removable bottom, so that helped. When I sliced it though, definitely a bit crumbly -- but tasty!