A Chef is Born

A couple of years ago I decides to bake a cake for the first time. Although I was an expert bread maker, I had never actually made a cake. I got the idea on Christmas Eve. We had about six people stopping by and I wanted to bake something special. So, I found this recipe for a German Chocolate Cake.

Since I live in good sized city with a Wal-Mart Super Center and Costcos within five minutes of my house, I knew that any ingredient needed could be easily found. But for this recipe, I decided to try the local market.

The first time I make a recipe I usually follow the directions to the letter. Only after making it a few times do I get more creative. The next time I'll get even more creative. For this recipe I needed a combination of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate and unfortunately both were out of stock at the local mart. I could have wasted a hour or so driving to the chain stores to get the ingredients, but I decided against it. I just chose two different kinds of chocolate.

Not long after I put the cake in the oven, some friends stopped by to say hello. I left the cake in too long, but that worked to my advantage. We were in high elevations surrounded by the snow capped mountains of Puebla, Mexico. Since the oven was 15 years old the oven was never as hot as the thermostat indicated. Due to all of these factors the cake needed to stay in the oven longer that the recipe indicated.

The milk chocolate I used was too runny. The icing would not stay on the cake. The icing kept falling off the cake faster than I could put it on. I was running late, asking myself out loud why I had to do this today, of all days. In any second, I was expecting to hear the door bell ring. As a final ditch attempt I put the cake in the freezer and hoped for the best.

I couldn't believe my eyes. The cake was perfect. It was better than I could have ever imagined. It was a special evening that I will never forget. I always get request to make that cake again. I know it could never be the same. As long as I leave it that way, none of us will ever forget the German Chocolate Cake that almost wasn't.

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