Last week I wanted to make a little something for my neighbors. There was no special reason, really, I just wanted to make them a little something. There is a delightful older woman who lives across the street who I always see working in her yard and sometimes doing things that make me stop and watch her. I am always afraid she is going to fall or get hurt. Just that day I saw her playing badmitton with her granddaughter. I was impressed.
Our other neighbors are always out and about and very pleasant to talk to. Their 2 daughters just recently graduated high school and from time to time we strike up a conversation at the mailbox, etc.
SO, they were the inspiration for my ‘dessert near-disaster’ . I had tons of strawberries that we had just gotten from a local produce market and I had buttermilk I needed to use up. I didn’t want to make 2 full sized cakes so it hit me: make a pan of mini cakes!
So that’s what I did. I used my tried and true Strawberry Buttermilk Cake
recipe to make 16 little mini Bundt cakes. The problem was I put my strawberries in first (instead of last) so when I flipped them after they had cooled the strawberries had fallen out of the cake! I had to quickly pop them back in. I let them sit for a few hours and eventually them set. But, for a minute I thought that I had ruined perfectly good cake!
But make no mistake: For a minute there is was a strawberry scented gloppy mess! I contemplated quickly throwing it all in a bowl and making a trifle. Noah had already informed 1 neighbor that “Mommy couldn’t come out to talk…because she was making cakes for you all”. Well, that sealed the deal for me. This is a lesson that no matter how many times I have made something I still need to pay attention!
My kids delivered them and they were a hit. Sometimes it just makes your day to share a gift from the kitchen with neighbors and friends. Even if if was a near disaster ????
|Before the ‘flip’ !|
|While they were cooling…..|
|Not pretty, at all, but sooo good!|