Saturday, February 4, 2012

Jared's latest invention


Jared, my 14 year old son, is the king of invention. He loves working with his hands. Whether it's building things (with any medium), fixing things, or designing things and then building them, he's got it covered. Recently he started taking a foods class at school. This translated to, "Mom, I'm going to make a cake today. From scratch."

"Okay," I said, while simultaneously thinking, "Do you know HOW to bake a cake? From scratch?"

I let him have at it (although he needed a little instruction in the proper way to cream butter and sugar. He found out that you can't do it right with a whisk). He found a recipe for a Brown Sugar Pound Cake online and baked it up.

When it came time to take the cake out of the oven, I was not home. He cooled the cake "for a LONG time!" and then attempted to turn it out of the pan, only the top stuck in the bottom of the pan.

Now, if you're me, you try to carefully loosen the top from the pan and lay it on the cake like it's supposed to be. But if you're Jared, you don't do that. That's too boring.

If you're Jared, you crumble the top into bits (while probably taking a few taste tests) and then cram it all into the hole in the center of the cake. Then you cover it all up with a thick layer of frosting. You're left with a flat, hole-less bundt cake, but who cares? It tastes great.

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