A personal account of a cooking catastrophe.
I decided to invite my boss and his wife over for dinner. I hadn’t invited them over since I’d started working for him, so this was my first dinner party with them, and I wanted it to be a memorable occasion.
I lived on a budget, and when I went to the store to buy the ingredients needed to prepare the meal and dessert, I spent the last of my household allowance for the month. It didn’t matter, though, because this was a special dinner.
I put a ham and scalloped potatoes in the oven to bake, and then I fixed a salad and prepared a fancy vegetable tray and stuck them in the refrigerator to stay cold. Then, for dessert, I made a lemon cake and planned to frost it with vanilla icing.
All was going well. I checked the ham and potatoes, and they were cooked perfectly. The salad and veggie tray were ready. The cake was cooling, and all that was left was to frost it.
I got out my special cake plate and prepared to finish up the cake. However, when I transferred the cake to the serving plate, the cake cracked all the way across the center and nearly to the bottom of the plate.
There was no time – and no extra money – to go to the store and buy another cake. I knew I had to find a way to salvage the disastrous dessert.
With the “split cake” still on the cake plate, I gently covered it with white icing. However, it still didn’t look presentable. What was I going to do?
I cut a 3-by-3-inch piece of paper, and then I went to the typewriter. On the paper, I typed three words, then removed the paper from the typewriter. I then taped the piece of paper to a toothpick and stuck it on top, near the edge, of the cracked cake. I stepped back and looked at my artwork. Yes, it would work, I decided.
When my boss and his wife arrived, we sat down to dinner, and the meal was wonderful. When it came time for dessert, I brought out the cake.
On my so-called sign were the words, “GRAND CANYON CAKE.” It was a huge hit. My boss raved about how deliciously “novel” it was, and his wife insisted I give her the recipe.