How not to make a cake – an illustrated guide

I have been having a very busy weekend, and today (technically yesterday) was one of my friend’s birthdays. When I asked him what he would like, he just gave me some very unhelpful advice along the lines of “something cool”, and thus, I decided to make him a cake. This is the photographic record of what happened:

Cake making is go!

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Flour comes next, right?

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Or is it eggs?

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It’s gone a bit stiff :/ Maybe some milk will solve this problem …

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The strange voodoo of working out how much baking powder you need is nearly as bad as working out what shoe size you are.

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Dad came in and decided to play noughts and crosses with himself in my cake mix … that’s totally normal …

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Time for the taste test!

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To marble, or not to marble, that is the question.

I’m thinking yes

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Advice for baking, vanilla essence is your best friend

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Time to turn the oven on 🙂

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This is the way we grease the tin, grease the tin, grease the tin …

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One last stir …

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Here we go …

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Ready to cook!

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The oven, however, has other ideas …

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This oven is seriously the crappiest oven in the history of ovens

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I should give it more credit, it is significantly older than I am …

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Finally!

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In it goes!

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Now we wait …

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The worst part of cooking is definitely the cleaning up

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Should be ready now!

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

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Here goes nothing …image

SHIT!

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(you can actually see this cake mix leaking in the last picture, but I couldn’t see it in real life)

I can totally fix this …

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If I cook it a bit longer, everything will be fine …

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Half an hour later …

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Re-testing in progress

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Still not done … are you kidding me?

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Desperate times call for desperate measures

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I really hope this works

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This was supposed to be a cake, not a volcano

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If I just cut this off here …

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This better work …

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Eureka!

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Now, to let it cool down …

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 Let the icing, begin!

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I think this is how you make icing … Maybe not …

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(Icing isn’t supposed to look like white lava, is it? )

That’s better …

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Nearly there …

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Time for some facial features

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And … done 🙂

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– Vicki

NB: This was originally posted on my tumblr, but I couldn’t get the format to work very well, and I thought you might find it mildly entertaining, so here it also is.

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