Wednesday, September 03, 2008

“There’s a hole in this cake!”

One of my favorite lines in one of my favorite movies, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, is when Mrs. Portokalos accepts the bundt cake from Mrs. Miller. After figuring out how to pronounce “bundt,” whispers conspiratorially to Aunt Frieda, “There’s a hole in this cake!”
For the longest time, that sort of summed up my feelings about bundt cakes, too. I thought their physical form was strange, plus, they were missing the absolute best part to me: the thick, butter cream icing.

But some years ago, I got introduced to a lemon bundt cake that was to die for.

Bouyed by that success, I tried a seven ingredient chocolate bundt cake--which turned out to be moist and delicious, and superb with ice cream or coffee. And then I started to see some clever theme cakes, such as the following Halloween bundt cake.

In fact, recently, wanting to send a little something to my editor and her colleagues at Random House, I went with a Miss Grace lemon bundt cake.

So yeah, suffice to say I have “eaten my hat” over dissing bundt cakes. Looks can be deceiving.

Anyone else have a let-them-eat-cake story?

8 fresh comments:

Kelly Parra said...

It's not so much a story as chocolate, chocolate cakes are really to-die-for. haha! Especially with a hot fudge. yum!

Lenore said...

Oh wow - that halloween cake looks very yummy!

TinaFerraro said...

Kelly, have you tried lava cakes? They sell them at Trader Joe's in single-serving sizes. You microwave them for like 50 seconds, and it's chocolate heaven.

And Lenore, I'm with you on the halloween cake!

Janie Emaus said...

Hi,
I'm not much a cake baker, but a few years back I attempted to make my aunt's famous nut cake for Passover. It is made in one of those pans where the bottom releases. Well, I didn't have it secured and I picked it up from the bottom to take it to the oven. (Obviously, I don't bake that much!) Needless to say, I didn't get very far! I sat down on the floor and cried, started over. A lot like writing a chapter, hitting delete and starting from scratch with a new character.
Janie

TinaFerraro said...

Janie, great story, and yeah, totally get your writing analogy!

cindy said...

gosh, i love bundt cakes. not a big fan of normal cakes, but i also love cupcakes. i like that bundt cakes are so dense.

i'm NOT a baker! how awesome you sent a cakie to your editor!!!

TinaFerraro said...

Cindy, I can't take too much credit for sending the cake to my editor. I got I the idea while sitting in one of the final SCBWI sessions where one of the editors said she loved receiving cookies! Were you there?

cindy said...

tina, no! i did send chinese mooncakes to my editor / office -- but i didn't make them! mmm, i still want a nice dense cake now. tho i do like angel food cake, too. =D