Flo is back from maternity leave! (And the crowd goes wild!!)
And with a big big big challenge ahead of her. This all started a few weeks ago when Kamel became obsessed with bundt/angel food/pandan chiffon cake and spent a weekend making mini disasters in the kitchen. I then unearthed this book:
I love bundt cakes. Bundt is my favorite cake of all! I am not a huge frosting person, so these are perfect. I used to ask for bundt cake for my brithday when I was a kid. Bundt and german chocolate. Om nom nom.
But I have never even baked 1 thing from it and that is a damn shame. So guess what I’m going to do for the next many many moons? I’m going to bake every single bundt cake in this book – in order. And guess what is up first?
That’s right. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. Whhhaaaattt? No. But… the rules are, I gotta make every cake starting from page 1 and wimping out right from the beginning is no fun at all. So… let’s do this. We used mayo that we just happened to have in the fridge – a mayo that I am not a fan of because Kamel is always trying to buy weird types of things. Vegan mayo, fancy canola mayo, olive oil mayo… I’m partial to just mayo mayo. The real kind made with real things. But… Canola mayo it was!
You start off by boiling water and adding in unsweetened cocoa powder. Basically, the entire cooking process went something like this: “Ooo wow, that looks so good. Oh wait, it’s actually gross tasting. Lauren … do not eat.”
“But look brain! melty chocolate-y goodness! It has to be good!”
“No, it is unsweetened bitter bleck.”
“I don’t believe you. You, brain, know nothing.”
“Fine, go ahead and try it.”
“I will…. ew. Why did you let me do that?”
Sigh. (But at least I listened when it came time to stir in the mayo…. blergh.)
After stirring the cocoa into boiling water I had to let it cool down to room temp. That’s when I took the time to prep the rest of the ingredients.
I really don’t like recipes where I have to wait for stuff to cool because I am incredibly impatient. But I was good and didn’t rush it! Once it was cooled enough I added in the mayo (vom) and vanilla extract.
Then, I combined all of the draw ingredients – including cake flour which I have never used before, but thought “what the hell!”
The whole process was pretty quick and easy, which was excellent because Kamel and I were taking turns keeping the baby happy. Until we realized he was totally content watching his political commentary shows, so we just peeked at him every once in a while to make sure he wasn’t dead.
After pouring in the mix (complete with mayo… ew), I gave the pan a little shimmy shake to even things out.
And into the oven it went for 25 minutes. Yay bundt! Yay yay yay!
I’m not really sure why my bundt cake has a height problem, but it does. It doesn’t like to talk about it much because it’s kind of self-conscious about the whole thing, but it believes it’s tall on the inside, an that’s really all that matters, right?
It kind of looks like a giant cookie. I like giant cookies. And yes, because we are grown ups and ate a late lunch on Sunday, we totally skipped dinner and ate Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake instead.
The recipe notes said that this cake was the cake the writer served her kids so she could “be vindicated when they all eventually end up in therapy together.” At least she could say, “But I made you that chocolate cake!” So I was expecting something pretty amazing.
At first we tried the cake as is. I could have made a glaze for it or a butter cream frosting but I hadn’t planned on it because in my house bundt cake exists to be sprinkled with powdered sugar and voila. So, after a lacklustre first bite (for me, Kamel liked it), I added some powdered sugar.
Honestly? I kind of expected it to have a sour-cream cake feel. But… it just sort of fell flat for me. It was OK. If you prefer desserts that are not that sweet, I would suggest this chocolate cake. It is a good base cake and probably works well with cream cheese frosting or something that adds richness. But the Mayo? Meh. I don’t get it. Kamel ate it. He said he would be willing to eat my piece as well, ha. For me, it just wasn’t worth the calories. If I am going to indulge I want it to be REALLY good. And this is probably the first time in Flo’s history that I have really not recommended something. I’m sending it off with Kamel tomorrow to take to his work and I am looking forward to the discussion of, “Guess what’s in this cake… MAYO!” But other than that, it kind of just feels like a party trick.
If you would like the recipe, email me! I’ll send out a group email to those interested at the end of the week.
One bundt down… a lot more to go.