Adventures in Baking

Let’s be honest for a minute. Dietitians know a lot about food, right? So we all must be master chefs in the kitchen, able to whip up a healthy and delicious meal, right? I wish I could tell you that I could develop a recipe out of thin air, plate it like I’m Gordon Ramsey and then take a mouthwatering picture of it. Unfortunately, I am a recipe follower. If I deviate from the recipe in the slightest or try to make any substitutions disaster is upon me. However, if Kristin Cavallari can write a cookbook then I feel like there is hope for me someday. (If I’m still being honest I am totally intrigued by her cookbook. I mean who would have thought the same girl from Laguna Beach and The Hills would have a published cookbook? I actually think I might pop over to Amazon right now and order a copy. If you decide you would like to follow suit I will receive commission from your order if you follow the link below.)

Until I step up my cooking game, here is my most recent miserable fail.

My husband loves carrot cake. It's one of his favorite desserts. For his birthday, I decided to make a carrot cake triffle. See below.

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See those green things in the cake? I did not add shredded zucchini to boost the nutrition content (although there is some sweet potato in it). Those are carrots....green carrots. Apparently, if you add too much baking soda or don't mix it well enough it will turn your carrots green. This is what I mean by disaster is upon me if I deviate from outside the recipe. I always make my own baking powder because I don't want the additional additives (aluminum and corn starch). The problem is I always forget the ratio of baking soda to cream of tartar and I've gotten to the point where I'm too lazy to look it up every time so I just take a guess. (The ratio is 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part of baking soda by the way.)

In my defense, this cake was still tasty. Maybe next time I will be able to remember the correct ratio and make the baking powder correctly.

Do you have a recipe fail? Please share below so I don’t feel like I’m alone here.