Sunday, February 3, 2013
ABC: Boston Cream Pie
For this week's ABC selection, I decided to make 1/3 recipe. The full size of this cake uses a 9 inch pan. I was too lazy to measure by volume. I do have 7 inch, 6 inch, and 4 inch cake pans. So I went with 6 inch. The size turned out to be perfect. The cake rose pretty high. However, if you look at the picture above, the cake sunk in the middle. When I took the cake out of the oven I was so sad. I didn't know why it sunk and it looked terrible. I only baked this for 20 minutes since this is a smaller size. I thought maybe I bake it a few minutes too long, but it should still not sink in the middle. Hubby cheerfully suggested that I should cut a hole in the middle and call it a bundt cake :). If you have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding this comment should ring a bell.
Now that I'm sitting here and typing up this post, I looked at the recipe one more time and realized that I had accidentally used baking soda where I should have used baking powder. Ahhhhhhh.. that explained the sunked middle section. Baking soda reacted differently than baking powder. I don't know enough about baking science to explain why (Hanaa, do you know??) but I have heard that using the wrong thing can be catastrophic.
Though this cake will never win an award based on its look, it is pretty tasty. What I love most about it is how easy it is to put together. Which is probably why I mistakenly read the ingredients. I thought it was so easy that I was doing a couple other things in the kitchen at the same time. Also, it is not as fun to bake from the internet. I still prefer to have a paper recipe where I can keep it next to me and care that it got splash. It is also nice to be able to scribble down next to the recipe.
Ok enough ranting, let's go to some photos, shall we?
Ready to mix eggs and sugar.
It only took 5 minutes for it to be ribbony.
Sifted flour, baking soda (should be baking powder), and salt.
All ingredients mixed!
In the pan.
Baked "bundt" cake.
I used the pastry cream recipe from The Pie and Pastry Bible (1/3 recipe).
It is pretty good. I'd say I have had better Boston Cream Pie, but for the easiness of it, I guess I should not complain!
Recipe: Boston Cream Pie
ABC is a small baking club led by my friend Hanaa. We bake once a month and for 2013 we are baking from the King Arthur website. To join or to read more about it, please head over to ABC main blog.