Thursday, September 10, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers-Birthday Sheet Cake


The big birthday month in our house is October. We love cake though, so anytime is a good time to try a new cake recipe even if its too early to celebrate an actual birthday. I was somewhat hesitant about trying this month's Barefoot Blogger pick due to the really low ratings this recipe received on the Food Network site. Its rare for any Ina recipe to get less than 5 stars and even rarer for one to get as few stars as this recipe which received only 3 stars. After making this one, I concur with the thoughts on those that rated it low. There was really nothing exciting about the actual cake itself. I halved the recipe and adjusted the baking soda per the reviewers recommendations. I didn't have any problems with the actual baking of the cake but like I said its nothing anyone would rave about, mediocre at best. The frosting was easy enough to make but again very unexciting and not really sweet enough or creamy enough for my preferences. Not a recipe I would make again. The best part about this cake was how much fun my toddler had decorating it! If you want a stellar cake, the next Barefoot Blogger pick, Beatty's Chocolate Cake is a definite winner! Thanks to Susy of Everyday Gourmet for this pick, sorry I couldn't say I loved it. I guess even Ina has an off recipe, although before now I would not have guessed it!


Here is the link to the recipe, if anyone is interested. I'm not going to post the full recipe since its not one I would recommend or make again.

8 comments:

Joelen said...

[Gasp!] An Ina recipe rated low? How could this be? Maybe Ina was having a bad day when she created this recipe or Jeffrey was to blame for taking away her culinary focus when she wrote this out. Sorry that it lived up to the low, mediocre ratings but kudos for trying it nonetheless!

Suzie said...

I actually really like this recipe, but I sandwiched it with cream which may have made it less dry and a bit softer and sweeter. Can't wait for the next cake!

The Novice Chef said...

I am sorry it didn't turn out the way you had hoped, but I sure do love the sprinkles!
Love,
The Sprinkle Queen ;-)

ashleymoss said...

Well it definitely looks like it was fun to decorate!! Sorry that it wasn't what you expected~

blissfullydelicious said...

I made the cake last night and it feels dry to the touch, I'm worried to even try it because of the low rating! :(

Kate said...

I agree with you. If I am going to take in the calories, I want the cake to be spectacular not ho-hum!

Chris said...

I am shocked! I thought Ina could do no wrong!

Still - it looks great. And is making me soooo hungry right now!

Margie said...

I grew up in an October birthday house. 13th, 14th and 17th. Three out of five in the family.

I'm as surprised at Joelen about the low rating!