After dinner this evening, I was so excited. I was finally going to make Smitten Kitchen’s Spiced Applesauce Cake. After hearing rave reviews of it by my dear friend Meg, I made sure to have all the ingredients for it, rolled up my sleeves and got crackin’.

I got to use my new red mixer and everything!

It’s incredibly easy to put together. I didn’t have a square baking pan but I made sure to grease up my round cake pan, just in case.

The cake couldn’t have come out better. I was just waiting for it to cool the requisite 15 minutes before having to transfer it to a cooling rack, where I could frost it.

The aroma coming from my oven was absolutely heavenly. It’s how a kitchen should smell so close to Thanksgiving: apples, spices, sugar and anything else made from divinity.

When I pulled it from the oven, it couldn’t have been baked more perfectly:

Classic. Cake. beautiful!







Then the unthinkable happened.

After waiting for the cake to cool I went to transfer it from the pan to a cooling rack. It was firm but not jiggly and had very nicely pulled away from the edges of the pan. It was ready.

It’s almost unbearable. Just…look.

It disintegrated.

I shrieked. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” I actually yelled this, no exaggeration.

I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t speak. (I could grab my camera, however.) Speechless, I reached out a shaking hand. Still steaming in the middle, my beauty of a cake lay helpless. Frosting it was a waste of time and effort.

Fortunately, it was still delicious as-is, but the joy of eating it (with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, no less) and then storing it for a day or two and enjoying it the rest of the weekend is gone.

I have more ingredients. I can try again. I just hate thinking that the only thing standing between me and a fully formed cake was parchment paper.

Sad and bewildered about why bad things happen to good people, I took to my computer to grieve.

To cheer me up, my dearest other half brought me the little Charlie Brown Skating Pond that is part of our holiday repertoire. You press Snoopy’s doghouse and it starts the little figures skating around the pond and it plays one of the tracks from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Anybody who regularly reads this blog is going to ask, “My God, how many references to Charlie Brown can one human possibly make?” The answer is: plenty.

Here’s a photo of the skating pond. It was taken through a Hipstamatic effect:

Isn’t that one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen? Because I am a huge dork, I may have also taken a video of it. It may or may not also be seen below.

So…the lesson is I will have to try making this spiced applesauce cake once more. Thankfully it’s a pinch to make. Once more into the breach, dear friends…and next time, there will be frosting.


  1. Kevin Schneider says:

    What a tragic ending. Yet delicious. I’m going to try to explode a pumpkin cake next…

  2. Hahaha you make me laugh….

  3. I need to stop cruising foodie blogs late at night when I’m all skinny and hungry.

    That Peanuts magnetic ice rink is about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen that was holiday related.

  4. Posky, I tend to agree but that may be a biased opinion. I’m suspicious of anyone who doesn’t think CB and the gang are cool.

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