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I decided for Grandma's birthday that I would make her favorite Poppyseed Cake all by myself at the age of 8. Without anyone home to help me as there'd always been before, I figured I could do it myse
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Grandma's Birthday Cake

posted at 9/22/2008 11:21 AM EDT
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I decided for Grandma's birthday that I would make her favorite Poppyseed Cake all by myself at the age of 8. Without anyone home to help me as there'd always been before, I figured I could do it myself since it seemed so simple with Grandma's help the other times. I found the recipe book on the old shelves by the hutch in our small dining room and opened the book to find the recipe. I got everything out ahead of time just like she and Granny had taught me to do. Once I had the batter poured into the pan (and on the counter and the floor and me), I drug the step stool Grandaddy made for me so I could "help" him with woodworking projects over to the oven and placed the pan inside. Once the cake was done I put it on a cooling rack and heard Grandma come through the front door. She was home from work finally and that meant we'd have supper soon and she could try a piece of her favorite Poppyseed cake! I was so proud of myself for doing it all by myself and could tell that she was too eventhough I had made a bit of a mess. So after supper she asked if I wanted to cut the cake or could she. I told her to because it was her cake. She got out the cake knife and started to cut only to stop just as quickly. She asked how I made the cake and I showed her the recipe. She then noticed a measuring cup on the counter that had been pushed toward the back almost to the wall. She asked if that was left over flour. My jaw dropped as I realized I hadn't put it in at all! The cake had baked up so hard somehow that it couldn't even be cut. As it turns out, I also had not changed the oven temp. and left it at 450*. I was so upset that I had ruined her birthday! She just laughed and said she'd help me make a new one. The new one turned out perfect and after getting over the tremendous failure of my own attempt I decided to see if I could break a rock with the cake I had made. To Grandma and my surprise, I could not! To this day I laugh when I think of that day! Until I lost her we would remember that every year around her birthday and just laugh together! Of course, after that I did better and better until I could bake on my own, and still make that cake every now and then-with flour and at the right temp.!

Grandma's Birthday Cake

posted at 9/22/2008 11:34 AM EDT
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First: 9/22/2008
Last: 11/20/2008
This brings me back to every new thing I ever tried baking. We all try so hard that we feel we can never recover and then we find that in that failure there is always a kind word or bit of hope given and we can go on to try again. She passed this on to you so that you didnt need to stop baking but to keep on trying

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