I recently bought Jane Brocket’s Vintage Cakes and the very first cake featured is marmalade cake. To me, it seemed like an easy recipe and a perfect cake to trial as a possible treat for my book club. Last Sunday night, still feeling sad about my cousin leaving, I whipped it up and noticed right away that it didn’t seem…right. The batter was really thick and didn’t look as dark as the cake in Ms. Brocket’s book. Well, I thought, it will darken in the oven. As you can tell from the photo below it didn’t darken at all and, in fact, when I took it to work one of my co-workers thought it was corn bread! The glaze also looked nothing like Ms. Brocket’s as I couldn’t get the confectioner’s sugar to dissolve in the orange juice no matter how much I stirred it so there are lumpy bits of sugar resting on top of the cake. It was also just a tad too dry.
The taste was, however, a success because it was really delicious. Not too sweet, like most American cakes, and the glaze might have looked ugly but it smelled and tasted like orangey goodness.
Have you had any baking fails lately?