As it turns out, the third time really is a charm.
I have nearly ruined one cake and completely ruined another because for some stupid reason I couldn’t get the cakes to not stick to the inside of the pan. I’ve always loved baking and have never been too particularly bad at it–except for when it comes to turning a cake out of a pan.
After ruining my last cake, which had been intended for a friend who is battling cancer, I was instructed by this particular friend to practice a new cake and to bring her one once I had broken the curse. The cake I was ordered to make is a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake, which can be found in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.
Instead of covering the cake pan in greased parchment paper, as the recipe instructed, I followed my mom’s advice and bought a can of cooking spray made specifically for baking. I doused the ever-living crap out of the pan; I mean, I’m surprised there was any cooking spray left in the can by the time I was finished. Not this time, cake pan. Not this time.
While the cake baked, I made the peanut butter frosting out of peanut butter, regular butter, powdered sugar, and milk. I would almost forfeit an entire year’s salary in exchange for eating a bowlful of this frosting daily without becoming obese.
When the cake came out of the oven, I waited anxiously while it cooled enough that I could try turning it out of the pan. It was a defining moment in my culinary self-teachings.
Awwwwwww yeah! IT WORKED! With the hurdle of uncertainty behind me, I continued onto the fun part: the transformation from cake to PB&J. First, I cut off a thin layer on the top and bottom of the cake with a serrated knife so that the cake looked like a big slice of bread.
Next, I cut the cake into two equal slabs and piled the bottom layer with peanut butter frosting and some of my grandma’s homemade raspberry jelly.
Finally, I replaced the top layer of the cake and cut it in half diagonally. It’s hard to tell it’s not just a boring PB&J sandwich! (Disclaimer: I don’t think PB&J is boring at all.)
Last night we had dinner with my parents and I brought this over for dessert. It was a hit!