A Great Cook Is Made

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. The local market didn’t have the specific kinds of chocolate the recipe called for"a combination of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. 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.

As soon as I put the cake in the oven some friends stopped by to chat. As luck would have it, I got caught up in the conversations and left the cake in a little too long. The snow capped mountains of Puebla, Mexico were right outside the front door. 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 kept falling off of the cake. The icing kept falling off the cake faster than I could put it on. I was terribly late and nothing was going right. The guests were arriving. As a final ditch attempt I put the cake in the freezer and hoped for the best.

When I took the cake out of the freezer, it was perfect. I could not have planned a better tasting cake. My wife and her family will always remember that very special Christmas Eve. I am always asked to make that cake again, but I haven’t done it yet. I know it could never be the same. It is hard to top perfection, so why even try.

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