Whenever I make a cake, I usually use a bit of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan. This way the cake won't stick to the pan and I'll have nice and even surface to work with. I either cut out a square or circle to fit the bottom of the pan, or I create a parchment-paper sling.
Unfortunately I said usually. To find out what happened when I didn't, read more.
The other day, I was trying to make petit fours for a game-night party. I set aside enough time, prepped all of my ingredients, and even came up with a clever design — I had planned on decorating them like dice. However it wasn't enough. For some reason I had decided to skip my trusty parchment-paper trick. The recipe I used didn't mention it, and I figured butter and a light dusting of flour was going to be enough.
Sadly, after I took the cake out of the oven and let it cool, I flipped it over and nothing. So I gave it a whack, turned the pan over, and yalped out loud. My cake was ruined! One half of the cake was on my plate, and the other half was left in the pan. I was mortified. There was no way to turn this into petit fours. Weird but delicious cake morsels, yes. Dice-shaped treats, no. In fact after scraping the cake out of the pan, I had to give it a long soak before the pan came clean.
Moral of the story is, be patient, use parchment paper, wait for the cakes to completely cool — this also could have been a problem — and when all else fails, it's okay to pick up dessert at the store.
Has this every happened to you? If so what did you do? Were you able to save dessert?
If you have pics of your failed treats, post them to our Savory Sights Group and let us know what happened!