I bought a quarter of a pumpkin over the weekend. The plan was to roast it, make a pumpkin puree and eat it with some oats. Pumpkin porridge.
Midway through the roast, I suddenly heard a soft voice calling out to me.
I was perplexed. I peered out of my room towards the window and saw no one.
I began to panic. Why am I hearing voices in my head? Am I going crazy? Still, the voice got louder.
Then my gaze zeroed in on the section right beneath my oven.
USE ME! USE ME! USE ME!!!!!
Let’s bake a cake together! It’s going to be LEGEN- .. wait, what did you say? What do you mean awkward? I’m not awkward, I don’t do awkward. I’m awesome! I’m 100% pure awesomeness!
No, I don’t want to bake a cake. I did not plan on it. I did not study recipes, and I do not have flour for it.
What recipes? You don’t need recipes. You’ve got me. I’m your recipe! I’m going to blend whatever you throw into me until they become the perfect cake mixture. And you can buy flour at the convenience store downstairs!
I relented. Seriously, how on Earth am I supposed to resist using this electric mixer when it starts to talk to me? It’s logically impossible. So a quick trip downstairs and back, and I’m off..
Okay, for your recipe, just follow the same as you did with your Quarter Pound Cake! 100g flour, 100g caster sugar, 100g butter, 1 egg! Just throw everything into me and switch me on full blast! It’s going to work much better this time because you’ve got me!
No! Not going to do that. I am wary this time around. There will be pumpkin later so the mixture will be heavier. I will follow the procedure. Fluff up the butter and sugar mixture first, then fold in the egg.
By the time the egg has been folded into the batter nicely, the pumpkin was ready.
No need to mash the pumpkin! I’m strong! Just throw the pumpkin chunks into me! Quick!
Shut up, mixer. I don’t want to fail again this time. I will mash the pumpkin first. It would be disastrous if I break you down the first time I use you.
I then added the mashed pumpkin into the batter, beat it for a few minutes, then added the flour last. Beat it until it is thick and fluffy looking.
Go heavy on the greasing of the loaf pan this time around. Don’t want another cake sticking to the pan..
All that is left now is to bake in the oven. 170°C for 60 minutes.
Throughout the wait, my mixer kept feeding me with extreme optimism..
This is going to work! The cake will be delicious! Imagine the faces of your colleagues when they taste your delicious pumpkin cake!
To be fair, the cake was emitting some pretty decent fragrance from the 30 minutes mark onward. It really did smell like a nice cake.
When the 60 minutes was up, time for the first test. Poke the cake with a chopstick. It came out clean. That’s a good sign..
And when it was done, I was able to remove it from the loaf pan with minimum hassle. This is going to work!
The moment of truth. Time to cut..
Wait a minute! This doesn’t look like a cake at all! It’s not soft and fluffy on the inside! It’s firm and smooth! This ain’t a cake, this is a kuih (a type of Malaysian pastry)! You know, something like this:
Damn you mixer, for telling me no need to follow any recipes!
What are you talking about? You just baked a cake that does not look like a cake! How awesome is that? This is absolutely I-told-you-so -DARY!
I hate you, mixer. Now, whose going to help me do the clean up? Since you can talk, I assume you also have an advanced feature called self cleaning?
What? Baking a cake is awesome. Cleaning is NOT awesome. And I’m awesome. You asking me if I do self cleaning? Hahaha, please..
And then, my electric mixer went silent. It just stopped talking altogether. I was left alone. It was like the past hour or so was just a dream. It probably was.
Few things I learnt this time:
- I think my oven’s temperature setting is not entirely accurate. I might have baked the batter at a higher temperature than necessary. That’s why the crust formed before the batter had enough time to rise.
- I saw from some video that claimed using baking soda or self raising flour is for the noobs and the cheats. If you know what you are doing, you don’t need those things. Maybe it is time to stop lying to myself and acknowledge that I AM a noob. Next time I’ll use baking soda.
Well, at least my pumpkin cake that isn’t a cake tasted pretty good. It just didn’t feel like pumpkin cake when biting into it.
Nope, I did not bring any to share with my colleagues. Not going to do it until I am able to get a proper cake.