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When I was 18 I decided to make my brother Joe an Angel Food cake for his birthday at home in the family kitchen. I beat the egg whites, followed the instructions, and made a perfect cake: high and fl
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Cake of Stone

posted at 10/23/2008 7:09 AM EDT
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When I was 18 I decided to make my brother Joe an Angel Food cake for his birthday at home in the family kitchen. I beat the egg whites, followed the instructions, and made a perfect cake: high and fluffy with a golden brown top. After it had cooled (upside down, as required) I turned it out on a fancy plate and decided to make it extra-special. I had seen a similar cake in a magazine decorated with a lovely glaze, that dripped dramatically down the sides. I didn't have a recipe, but I was sure I could figure it out on my own. I combined sugar and maraschino cherry juice in a pot on the stove and heated it until it came to a boil and all the sugar was dissolved. Just to make sure, I let it boil a bit longer. When it had cooled a little, I spooned it over the cake. It was gorgeous! Pink and glossy, it covered the cake beautifully, complete with the dramatic drip marks I admired in the magazine. Several hours later, my brother and his best friend Wayne came home, and I presented him with his gift. My mouth was watering, too, and I really wanted a piece! My brother tried to cut a slice. Hmmm...no luck. The knive couldn't get through the glaze! It was hard as a rock!! My mother surveyed the situation, and explained that I must have cooked the glaze to the "hard ball" stage. In order to eat it, my brother had to put it down on the floor and beat it open with a hammer! I was mortified!! We dug out handfuls of the cake after breaking open the glaze, and sucked on chips of the candy coating, which turned out to be very yummy. We all laughed until we cried!

As a baking experience it was a complete disaster. Very informative on candy-making techniques, but practically inedible. But it sure looked pretty!