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Sometimes, things don’t work out as planned (video)

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Here’s something you don’t see all the time on today’s ultra-slick cooking blogs.  A confession:  sometimes, things don’t work out as planned.

For Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year, I decided to make one of those fabulous checkerboard cakes I’ve seen all over the Internet.  Sure, they sell special cake pans to make them, but that’s just kitsch, right?

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Special pans:  Who needs ‘em, amIright?

Anyway, all the pans do is let you mix and match the bits and pieces a little more easily.  Surely, I can do that on my own, at home, with nothing more than my own ingenuity?

Nope.

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You can’t really see from this picture how wonky and falling-aparty these cakes really were.  But don’t take my word for it… you can see the whole thing coming together (and/or falling apart) in this delightful real-life video

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The truth is, the cake turned out mighty tasty even if it didn’t exactly hold together or look like the gorgeous ones in the pictures.

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Since nobody has asked, I’ll tell you anyway – the blue colouring came from a Kool-Aid Mixed Berry packet, of which I happen to have a lot on hand since I ordered a bunch last year on eBay.  I only like the strawberry ones, but I figured the other flavours would come in handy for something – and they did!

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And you know what?  Even though I count this as a baking fail – almost right up there with the Piecaken Incident, that first slice was pretty impressive.  Sure, some of the later slices were a bit mixy-matchy, and not as neatly checkerboard-like as in the first picture. 

The lesson here is a simple one:  Life isn’t always like you see it in the movies.  But sometimes, it all turns out delicious anyway.

Enjoy!!!



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