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Thursday, January 13, 2011


We've ALL had 'em...right ?

Now, this above photo is from the web..
I was WAAAY too distraught to even THINK
of wanting a photo!!
Has THIS ever happened to you?
You make the same cake 10 times  to have for your family and they all turn out perfect...
OK...NEARLY perfect...
But, when you want to TAKE one somewhere...or you have LOTS of company coming...
that same cake just FALLS APART !
I was having 15 to 20 people coming for HOME FELLOWSHIP DINNER
and I wanted to make a really good dessert.
Other ladies were bringing desserts, too
When I took my cake out of the oven, first off...
* was a BUNDT cake so I let it cool and turned it over,
with the crumbled part on the bottom...
COVER IT UP with icing...right ?
I got it all frosted  and was about to carry it to the dining room
when all h*** broke loose and
it split right down the middle...

half fell on the floor.
on the floor, folks..!!

You talk about stress...

 I was crying and pitching a HISSY FIT ....ready to DUMP the rest of the cake
when I thought...


(and besides, MR. SWEET was looking at me as if he was
beginning to wonder WHY he has stayed with me for over 50 years..)
I made a trifle...
just crumbled that remaining cake into a pretty VINTAGE bowl that belonged to my mom,
icing, toasted coconut, pecans and all...

I made a French Vanilla pudding, poured it over the entire thing...
stuck it in the fridge so that when it was served, it was cold .
...after a bit, I added more toasted coconut and pecans on top...
and, believe it or not,
everyone just loved it...they ate almost all of it so I
know they weren't just trying to be nice.

Actually, it WAS pretty good.
We had 2 Lemon pies and homemade SNICKERDOODLES...
and a huge pot of
which was a GOOD thing since my TRIFLE was only half
as large as it should have been  !!
LOVE, bj

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Designs on 47th Street said...

Now that is CREATIVE! I love how you turn a disaster into something so yummy. The presentation is also excellent in your mother's pretty bowl. Not so sure I would have handled this nearly as well. I bet your Mr. was quite impressed. :)

Melissa Miller said...

You are quick thinking. Yum! :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice and creative idea, mmm...I lake it!:)

Denise@alloverroses said...

Wow you're a creative genius! It looked delicious, not to mention displayed beautiful and I bet no one knew it wasn't intended that way!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said... have made lemonade from lemons :)


Anonymous said...

~DELISH~...The wrecked creation looks so tasty, I know it was and I know it was all eatn',wish I had some.


Simple Southern Happiness said...

Just the way God does us, he takes all our brokeness, add his love and sweet grace the makes us better than we were before.

Things always workout for the best in the end... with just a litte stress inbetween. Have faith in everything you do.

IT looks yummy!!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

That is best looking and most tasty looking "train wreck" I have ever seen! I could almost feel your frustration. I just wonder though, if there was a hissy fit competition who would have won, me or you! I know I would have been bouncing off of the walls. But you win for sure because I would have never thought about making a trifle! LOL
Hugs, Sue

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh you are so clever!!!!!!!!!! I'd just have had a melt-down, and never figured out a way to salvage it. :-)

Terri said...

BJ, this made me laugh! You know the saying, when life hands you lemons... I think my new saying will be when life hands you a messed up cake, make trifle!

Designs By Pinky said...

How clever!!! I would have been in tears and I KNOW I would have thrown it all out and gone and bought a dessert:):) I bet your trifle was even better than the cake you had planned!!!! Isn't it great!!!! I also LOVE your beautiful Mother's bowl! Thanks for showing us that we are ALL human and we all have disasters in the kitchen!!!! XO, Pinky

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Nice "save" BJ! I'm sure everyone loved it and had a great time:@)

Donnie said...

I'm afraid I would probably have chucked it and run to pick up a ready made. No, I would have probably already bought the ready did a great job. It looked beautiful.

On Crooked Creek said...

You're a HOOT! Here all this time I thought I'd been watching "the MRS. MARTHA" of foodies. . .and you dropped a cake on the floor! My heart sank for you! I've had 'em stick before, but never crumble. (Blame it on the weather. . .barametic pressure or something!)

I was eating my breakfast this morning thinking, I should take a photo of this like BJ does. Didn't happen. You see at our house once the food is done, it's time to eat. No time to take pictures. My breakfast? I ate it! It was good!

So glad your cake had a happy ending.I 'm thinking, you'll always be "MRS.MARTHA" in my eyes!

Vee said...

Oh you did just the right thing! Trifles are so delicious. (Unfortunately, I have plenty of experience with crumbled cakes.) I'm so sorry that you had a double letdown with yours. LOL!

I have one question: was it one of those fancy Bundt cake pans? They have some very specific and fussy directions. My last one totally flopped.

Kathleen Grace said...

The sign of a true genius is making trifle out of broken cake. I don't know why you would get upset, you had it handled all along:>) I'd eat that!

Marydon said...

Clever gal! & it looks deelish! What a beautfiul way to present your cake ...

Have a beautiful weekend ~

Susan said...

You did good! You took a lemon and made lemonaid!!

Theresa said...

When I started reading, I knew it was going to turn out great! You have a way with food:) Looks and sounds delicious! Have a blessed evening! HUGS!

Kathleen said...

As I was reading I was thinking, make trifle! :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great save BJ!! Julia Childs would be proud of you. She always said not to admit to a mistake. If your cake breaks just recreate looks delicious!!!

Susie Q said...

I have had mor ethan my fair share of train wrecks in the kitchen! They occir daily here! *laugh*
But look at you! You saved the day so creatively! You amazing lady you!

Justine said...

BJ, I have to give you credit for your positive attitude. If that had happened to me, I would have tossed it the garbage! No trifle!

You go girl... and you KNOW why Mr. Sweet has stayed with you for over 50 years. Because you are the BEST!

Justine :o )

Blondie's Journal said...

You did an amazing job, BJ...I am in awe of you!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

You, wonderful, you! I love your (kind of) trifle cake!!! Once the cat was eating on my sheet cake. Hmmmmm, what to do??? It just a little icing off the corner. Yip, smeared some new icing on there and served from the other side and good as new, lol. That was many years ago. I think we all lived through it!

xinex said...

You are so clever, BJ. This turned out so beautiful and looks really good too....Christine

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I was shouting 'make a trifle' into the computer. You were already there!
A friday's favorite for sure :-)

Jane said...

Nice recovery, BJ! Not only did your dessert taste good (according to all those who ate it), it LOOKED spectacular. one of my tablescape students said,
Food tastes better when it is presented in a pretty fashion."

Jane (artfully graced)

Rettabug said...

BJ, you crack me up with your wonderful sense of humor & outlook on life! Thanks for starting my day off with a smile.
My sisters are coming today & I've purchased Dunkin' Donuts coffee to serve. It is a favorite of the youngest.

Also wanted to let you know I'm strongly thinking of re-doing my guest bedroom in the black & whites toile & checks that you have used. I just LOVE that room!! I must go find that post & take some notes. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Honey.

big hugs from Ohio to TX,

p.s. GREAT idea to make truffle like that. Taking notes on that idea, too. :-)

Debbie said...

This is the ultimate save! I love trifle so I would have been one of the ones gobbling it up.

That happened to me once, and it was a birthday cake. I've never heard of birthday trifle so even if I had THOUGHT to do it (which I wouldn't have) I'm not sure where I would have stuck the candles.

My solution was to cry.
My husband's solution was to run to the grocery store and get a bakery cake.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely Texas lady. You have some Great Dessert like your Trifil cake I need to make this for my Husband ~~~~Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescapes and becoming one of my followers !!!~~~I hope you have a Great Day with your family !!!
It is 45 down in League City, Texas. Keep warm !!! Diane

Beverly said...

Looks yummy to me. I would love some with a cup of coffee right now.♥

Kathie Truitt said...

Okay, that just looks sinful to this girl who's busy 'nutri-system-ing' it for the new year. I hate you (not really)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

bj you always have such cheerful and entertaining posts! This was a wonderful idea! My sister-in-law makes yummy trifles all the time and I love them, but I never make them myself. Now I know what to do when I have a cake disaster!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Love it! :)

Phyllis said...

I am laughing so hard just picturing all that. Now I wouldn't have thought to turn a ruined cake into something else. I probably would have just thrown the whole thing out...or eaten it all myself!

AshTreeCottage said...

Life is grand ~ and so are you! I just love your pluck!!

Susan and Bentley

Julie M. said...

When life hands you lemons, make lemon trifle! I love how you made something great out of a stressful situation. And I absolutely adore trifle so I would have been in dessert heaven!

Thanks so much for linking up and have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Yum.... I'm your newest follower.

Sheree said...

Now that is one train wreck I would love to copy!! Wow! BJ you could turn a mud pie into a red velvet cake :))

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

This train wreck sounds like it was very tasty...looked awfully good. Trish

Amy said...

LOL...such a great idea! It's always nice to think outside the box.

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suzyq said...

Hi BJ, I loved your story about the cake....I must tell you what happened to me at Christmas. I had 26 family for lunch on Boxing Day when I decided to stun them all with a chocolate fountain. I had all the yummy things to dip into the choc(marshmallows, strawberries etc)and all was looking good when suddenly the fountain became off balance and flung(yes, flung!!) melted chocolate everywhere!! It was something like you'd see in the movies!! We still enjoyed the treats though, we just didn't have to dip them in as they were already covered!

Beth said...

BJ, That's called making lemonade from lemons - you did well! Your trifle is really beautiful in your vintage crystal bowl.
Blessings and hugs, Beth

Holly said...

I was thinking trifle as soon as I saw the first photo. Great save. I have had so many food and craft fails.