A tale of bake sale near miss and 5 life lessons


I like to bake but baking doesn’t always like me, true story!  Last week everything I tried to bake ended in disaster, I’d like to blame the full moon, mercury being in retrograde or something but really I just think my baking mojo was off visiting warmer climes. Quite frankly I don’t blame it!  Anyway, not good timing when the school requested “baked goods” for the Athletics Carnival bake sale fund raiser.  How could I have a “foodie” blog and not deliver????  Oh, the pressure!  Well I don’t think anyone would have noticed really but, you know.


We have an abundance of lemons on our tree at the moment and my Lemon Pound Cake is a favourite – a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice!  It usually looks a bit like this


so I thought why not make some mini lemon pound bundt cakes and some “ice cream cones”, as you do.

mini bundts

Feeling pretty chuffed with myself right about now thinking that the kids will love these, I’ll have the cakes made in plenty of time and I’ll have something to take to a friend who wasn’t well.  The batter tastes great but there is a lesson isn’t there, in being smug…

cake failure Collage

Life lesson 1: Being smug will come back to bite you – like bragging your baby sleeps through the night at 9 weeks and then never does again – ever!

Back to the tale, out crumbled the mini bundts with only 3 making it intact and there were some sorry looking “ice creams” that wouldn’t be getting a cheer from the kids at all. The mini bundts just weren’t meant to be and it’s adios to the tin as well – it had the looks but no substance and has let me down everytime, off it goes as a victim of the declutter going on here!

And there you have Life Lesson 2; don’t judge a book by it’s cover or a bundt tin by it’s pattern!

I still had the sad looking ice creams and the cake crumbs I saved from being inhaled by GT who was home “sick”.  I thought the kids really won’t care and stuffed those cones full of the crumbled cake, whipped up some butter icing, slapped it on top of the cones and all of a sudden they started to look more like an ice cream, I rolled those babies in sprinkles, everything held together and, ta dah, “Lemon Ice Cream Cupcakes” were born.


Life Lesson 3: A Phoenix can rise out of the ashes, so don’t lose all hope and crumbled cake totally works stuffed into ice cream cones.

Life Lesson 4: When you cook out of obligation you don’t have a good time and the food doesn’t taste as good (or work) when you cook with love it works out every time because your heart & soul go into it and even if it doesn’t look the best those who love you will love it anyway (stubborn 6 years may be the exception however!).

The final life lesson I will leave you with is…Life Lesson 5: Kids will eat anything covered in icing and sprinkles!

Dad's-cake-2015-webDetermined not be beaten by a cake I made the Lemon Pound Cake again on the weekend, it worked and it was delicious!

If you would like to know how to make Ice cream cupcakes that will work first time you may want to follow this recipe that I used for Easter Cone cup cakes.

Any life lessons you have learned from the kitchen?




24 comments on “A tale of bake sale near miss and 5 life lessons

  1. Veggie Mama
    June 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Ha the kitchen is a fickle mistress! It sounds delicious though x

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Sure is, luckily the mojo came back today for the jammy coconut sponge for multicultural day at the girls school!

  2. Gael - The Vinyl Edition
    June 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I’m really a bit mortified about those mini bundt cakes because the 3 good ones look so gorgeous.

    Good save with the resurrected ice cream cones – you’re right, icing and sprinkles solve most problems!

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you – I know, mortified is exactly how I felt too but the sprinkles saved the day! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side
    June 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, those ice cream cone cakes are sheer genius! I think I’ll have to give them a shot for my niece’s 1st birthday:-) Thanks for linking with #TeamIBOT.

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Oh do – everyone loves them and now you know if they go wrong they can be easily fixed!

  4. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 9, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Ha ha – love it – sprinkles fix everything!

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Lucky save hey!

  5. Hugzilla
    June 9, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Hahhahahhahah I lOVE this! It could have come straight out of the Hugzilla kitchen. I love you managed to so gracefully save the whole shebang from near-disaster by using icing and sprinkles. That is truly awesome.

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you but just made me think tha sprinkles might be the only colour acceptable to those on the “white diet”!

  6. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 10, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Oh no!! Sprinkles really can fix everything though! I used to have a tin that was the same – no good!!! Glad you got there in the end!

    • Vicki
      June 10, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Such a pretty tin so shame that it was no good – luckily I have more! I bet you’ve got hundreds!x

  7. Denyse
    June 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    oh yes, I get this…and well-done you for coming to the rescue with icing and sprinkles..and hey, I know a grown up who enjoys them too…moi! D x

    • Vicki
      June 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Ha! I did have to taste test them just to make sure they were alright!

  8. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I think they look ace. I’ve found that the only way to get bundts to work is to generously grease the tin, silicone mould and then lightly flour it, then the cake comes out perfect every time. If it’s any consolation, I bet the kids loved those “n-ice creams” more than they ever would the bundts! Lemonicious!

    • Vicki
      June 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      I think you are right Sammie “n-ice creams” perfect name for them!

  9. Melanie Greenhalgh
    June 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Cooking has taught me that the hours of 11pm – 6am are for sleeping. Cooking or trying to cook in the middle of the night is destined for disaster! You think I can bring that lesson into my life??? I don’t think so. Mel xx

    • Vicki
      June 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      You are so right especially when the cooking is supposed to be for the school the next morning! thanks for stopping by. x

  10. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    June 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Icing and sprinkles are up there with Gn and tonic as bandaids for life 😉 I have always wanted to make those icecream cone cakes.. but I probably never will now because if YOU cant master it… I have buckleys chance of making them work! xx

    • Vicki
      June 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

      On a normal day they are very easy to make – I was having a bad baking mojo week should have just stuck to the gin & tonics and all would have been fine!

  11. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    June 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Conquered in the end thank fully. They look great! My type of cake – no chocolate!

    • Vicki
      June 18, 2015 at 10:08 am

      No chocolate???????

  12. Cate
    June 26, 2015 at 5:47 am

    a woman after my own heart-the majority of my sweet baking involves disguising errors with icing or fruit topping!

    • Vicki
      June 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Icing and fruit for the win! x

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