CHRIS My little 5 year old adventurer was turning 6 and demanded a strawberry cake. Just happened to have an octopus cake mold. So we went for strawberry cake with real strawberries in the shape of an octopus. What about icing? Chocolate ganache or something like that. The thing though, with cake molds, is that depending on the depth and stuff, they can take a lot longer to completely cook than the recipe might indicate. So there was a lot of waiting, and in the end the octopus could have benefitted from a bit longer in the oven. Still, it tasted of strawberries and the chocolate topping made it look like an inky disaster happened. That’s really not so bad, considering, and the funnier things happen to other people as far as making tasty desserts go; my debacles usually happen while just cooking dinner.
Congratulations to Chris!!! This is the bestest prize ever. And oh how I wish so very much I could give a mixer to every single person who submitted their stories. I truly do, because I know how much so many of you wanted this prize.
For those who submitted after my post, I received your stories, read them all, laughed at things like mixing up tartar sauce and cream of tartar, mayo for margarine, and hiding home-baked goods in bakery boxes to skirt rules… Oh you are all so hilarious and insightful. Which is making me wonder if you enjoyed sharing your stories? While I can’t buy a mixer every time, is this a feature you’d like to continue??
And by the way, for those wondering how I drew the winner, yes it was random. And complicated. There MUST have been a better way. Why? Because I made a very long word document hand typing every single entrant’s name, in order received, then numbered them. But after double and triple checking, I realized I had misnumbered, and then had a couple random spam email in there and had to renumber, and oh boy. Anyway, I got it right in the end, but I there was a lot of manual labor involved. And then Random.org did their easy job.
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