One heaping cup of arrogance
One dollop of impatience
One wet potholder
One hot cake pan
A major amount of stupidity
Blend all of these ingredients together and this is the result...
The recipe said to let the cake cool completely in the tube pan. Why would I follow those directions? I'm a hot shot, experienced baker, right? And I was in a hurry, so I used a pot holder that had fallen into the sink and was a little wet. Wet potholder + hot cake pan = steam. Steam = burned hand. Burned hand causes hot shot baker to drop cake on counter. Cake deflates like a punctured balloon.
After holding hand under cold running water, I run for the camera. Husband turns in to "The Cleaner" and disposes of all large pieces of cake on counter. (Yes, he ate the broken pieces and declared that the cake tasted fine despite its pathetic appearance.)
The moral of this sad tale: Kitchen Train Wrecks - They keep you humble.
(And no, I did not give the cake the dignity of the prescribed glaze. No amount of glazing could repair that damage.)
Now go visit Designs by Gollum and see who else is sharing a kitchen disaster this week. It's so comforting to know that you're not alone!
(Please note that I'm still on break because of a heavy work load, but I hope to make the rounds and visit over the weekend.)