and B: Made this cake recipe myself to assess it...
So this is the finished product! The taste: Amazing. Texture? Excellent!!! Combination of topping and cake? Marvelous!
A couple of big problems. First, the cake is a long-cooking cake because the recipe calls for a cup of lemon-lime soda.... I didn't have lemon-lime (Sprite, Sierra Mist, etc.) so I used Ginger Ale and added a tablespoon of lemon juice concentrate. That worked fine, but the cake crust was way overdone by the time the cake was done. We fixed that by flipping the cake and REMOVING THE ENTIRE BOTTOM CRUST which is really a smart thing to do.... I de-crust a lot of the things I make for occasions... weddings, showers, etc. It's a writers rule of thumb: Cut the stuff people skim, and cut the stuff people leave on their plates.
SO SENSIBLE< RIGHT????
And my pudding mix/Cool Whip/milk topping didn't come out nice and firm like their picture showed. Dagnabbit. It tasted good, but presentation is important when you're serving a cake to guests, right? (My Southern Lady Friends told me that, btw)
See how my topping 'slouches'?
Here's the recipe as I printed it from Taste of Home:
|Lovin' this pale green color!|
And here is what I'd do differently, and remember this is still a work in progress:
I used half walnuts/half chopped pistachios in the cake mix. Walnuts are a cheaper alternative, but the flavor of the pistachios in the cake is amazing.
I'm going to substitute heavy whipping cream, whipped and lightly sweetened for the topping, then fold that into the pistachio pudding mix. I'm also going to buy the Jello brand. Dave brought me home the store brand, and the pudding didn't thicken like Jello does, so I'm going name brand on this one next time... Sometimes it doesn't matter, sometimes it does, and in this case I think that was the culprit. But I love the taste and texture of real whipped cream over processed pretend whipped cream, so I'm still substituting the heavy whipping cream, whipped until peaks form.
For the cake... Oy, this is tough until I play with it. I think I'm going to try this at a lower oven temperature (I used 350 but didn't use my convection setting because it was hot out. Maybe. I don't remember why, really, but I think that would have helped.)
So I'm going with 325 in a convection oven, but I'm not really worried about the crust thing. That's repairable, right? Because I can cut it off and the cake is better without crust anyway. But the topping... I like appearances to be spot on when I'm doing a party, mostly because I'm ego-centric and want people to LOVE AND ADMIRE ME!!!!
Or we could go with the simple: it looks better!
So fixing the topping firmness is important to me. I'll let the lot o' youse know how it comes out!