I love those moments just after the cake pan is put into the oven, when the empty bowl beckons. The kids have absconded with the mixer paddle, which they have licked clean and left somewhere around the apartment, where I will have to fetch it in a few minutes. But for the moment, I am left standing at the counter next to the sink scavenging the Kitchen Aid stainless steel mixing bowl.
When it becomes clear that I have gotten all I can get without resorting to licking the bowl itself (that would be going too far), I reluctantly let go of the bowl, dropping it into the soapy water in the sink as I imagine that I am Rose, prying Jacks’ frozen fingers from mine and releasing him into the icy blackness alongside the sunken Titanic.
Rules for Batter Eating
Secondly, one must limit oneself to small amounts of batter, since removing too much for tasting risks not having enough final product to fill the pan. As you might expect, this sets up great personal conflict, and I often feel the inner struggle as I use the rubber spatula to get the last bits of batter into the cake pan, knowing that in doing so, I am leaving less for myself to taste later. (Ah, sweet turmoil!)
You can judge a cake by its batter
If you are a batter taster, you’re going to love making this Chocolate Zucchini cake, which comes from a recipe I found at Alpineberry, who got it from the King Arthur Flour Website. I don’t even care that I didn’t win her King Arthur Cookbook giveaway. This batter is prize enough.
Oh, right. The baked cake was lovely.
Everyone loves this cake! (But did they taste the batter?)
- Maricucu has some great batter porn on her post
- The Baker’s banter does a step by step
- Repressed Pastry Chef adds a Chocolate Ganache
- The Food Librarian goes one more and adds chocolate chips to the ganache
- CiaoChow Linda likes it too
- My Baking Addiction adds a touch of mint
- The Whimsical Cupcake does it in a bundt pan
- Tracey serves hers with ice cream
- Katrina uses buttermilk in hers – Wow, it looks moist!
- Mare uses King Arthur’s whole wheat flour recipe, as does Lisa
- Marzipanmom makes cupcakes and adds a buttercream frosting