{Food Dish} What Happens When Normal People Try to Bake

My mom’s birthday was last weekend and I wanted to bake her an amazing cake. I found this recipe for a salted caramel chocolate cake and set out to make a culinary masterpiece.


Photo from Miss Lemonie.
This is how my cake was supposed to look.


The recipe called for homemade caramel (this should have been my first clue that I was in over my head). My first attempt ended up tasting like a campfire. The second batch looked like evaporated milk. And round three came out as half caramel, half concrete.


Campfire caramel


Concrete caramel

Moving on, let’s talk about how more cake stuck to the parchment paper in my pans than actually made it onto the plate.


Crumbs that used to be a cake

And then there was the ganache, or as I like to call it: melted chocolate chips with chunks of concrete from round three of caramel. It was a disaster.


Concrete chocolate chip ganache

So, would you like to see my results? I promise, you will feel good about yourself as a baker…


Ta da!

If anyone can make this cake for real, please take a picture as proof and LDS Living will post it online. It's a great recipe, I'm just not a good baker. Good luck!

Ashley Evanson is the Online Editor at LDS Living. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves looking at design blogs, wishing she could be as hip as the people she reads about. Her favorite color is light tan.

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