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On Failure

Things don’t always work out for me. Sure, it seems like everything I make turns out perfectly and tastes delicious, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes things fall apart— literally.

I have gotten pretty good at evaluating recipes, but occasionally something doesn’t taste as good as it should and doesn’t make it to Lottie + Doof. I still shudder at the thought of a meyer lemon coffee cake I made a few months ago that tasted so bad I had to throw the entire thing in the garbage. And sometimes it is me—I just mess up. Deb and I must have tried this recipe for a raspberry buttermilk cake on the same evening. While everything got off to a good start, disaster struck when I tried to remove the cake from the pan. See photos. I ended up with a scrap heap of cake. It was good cake, but not exactly what I had hoped for. It wasn’t anything you would want to present to guests.

Failures happen and there is nothing you can do but laugh it off (and know that next time you need to do a better job of preparing the pan). I try to handle kitchen failures the way I handle any failure in my life: learn from my mistakes and do better in the future.

Jump over to Smitten Kitchen [1] for some lovely photos of how this should have turned out and the recipe. It was really good cake, and like Deb says- there may be nothing better than a simple quick cake like this— if you can get it out of the pan.