Monday, December 27, 2010

A Tale of Two Cakes

I came home on Wednesday night and started cooking.  I made two and a half pounds of sloppy joes just to have on hand.  I made a cheese ball for Christmas Eve.  (Pictured in previous post.)  Then I made two cakes.  One cake, Chess Cake, I've been making for years.  The second cake, a pound cake, called "Golden Eggnog Loaf," was a brand-new recipe that I found in the newspaper.  My Chess Cake turned out just the way it is supposed to be.
Chess Cake

The second recipe, I followed exactly.  I tested it with a toothpick.  It seemed fine.  Usually, I turn a cake or bread out onto a clean towel.  For some reason, this time (fortunately) I turned this loaf out onto a piece of foil.  As soon as I flipped it, it flopped.  It broke in the center and the still unbaked insides started to pour out.  I yelled for Doug to get my square baking dish and I plopped the whole thing into it and popped it back into the oven. 
 BUT, I was able to salvage it. 
Here is the Golden Eggnog Loaf, after more baking and slicing. 
 The eggnog loaf is very good with cool whip on top. 
"Now we're cooking."

I read and re-read the recipe, trying to figure out what went wrong, but cannot figure it out.  I would like to be able to say it was because I had a Crown and eggnog while I was cooking, but I only had one.  I can't figure out why the recipe went wrong.  And now, I feel like Julia Child and feel as if I should make it again.  I did bake it in my ceramic loaf dish and wondered if I should have baked it in a metal baking pan.
Here is my recipe for Chess Cake (a la Laura P.)
Grease and flour a 9x12 metal cake pan
Mix together:  1 stick butter, 2 eggs and a box of yellow cake mix.  Pat into bottom of pan. (butter hands well.)
Then mix together 1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 t. vanilla and a box of powdered sugar.  Spread this on top of first layer and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

This is very rich and sweet.  Cut in small squares.  Some people call this recipe "Chess Squares."  I used my Black and Decker mixer and about burned it up on the first layer.  I may be about ready for a Kitchen Aid. 
This is my tale of two cakes. 


Chatty Crone said...

Hey they look good - you'll never know. sandie

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Egg nog pie is especially yummy, ever had that? Your chess cake looks delish...your egg nog cake, while I'm sure was wonderful tasting, looks like most of my creations! Hee hee!

Al said...

Your Chess Cake sounds decadent! I've eaten so many sweets and pastries and chocolates over the last two weeks that I am surprised I can even look at a cake, let alone salivate while reading a blog post about them. Yet... :D:D:D

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