Disaster cake

Summer should be coming but weather is still pretty horrible with a lot of rain and clouds. And despite having cut down a bit on work hours I am feeling pretty out of it. Kind of tired and sleepy and frankly a bit tired of the work I am doing. I guess it doesn’t help that I have a cold or maybe it is some sort of mild allergy, and I am always congested. I think I am ready for a long long vacation, which unfortunately won’t come until the second half of August.

The result is that even cooking and blogging doesn’t work out all that great. One of the things that is not turning out the way it is supposed to be is this disaster cake. I have been playing with baking a cake using coconut milk instead of butter and milk. My inspiration came from here as you can see their cake is moist and fluffy, mine is moist and undercooked even when I cook it for ages. First I blamed the oven that had problems with the heat sensor which forced me to turn continuously the heat up and down (as you can imagine that doesn’t go down too well with cakes), but now the oven has been repaired and the cake is still not light and fluffy. So maybe is the coconut milk that is not a good idea. Or maybe is me.

Anyway here is the recipe for disaster cake…. Flavors are fine, the problem seem to be mostly the cooking or maybe the ratio of liquids to solids. Do you have any advice for me?

Disaster cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 can cocuut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • fruit (I once used strawberries and once used pineapple)


  1. Mix all the ingredients starting with sugar, flour and coconut milk. Add the egg and mix. Add the fruit and the baking powder and give the batter a last swirl.
  2. Bake at 385F for a long long time (1 hour +).
  3. See your cake rise and be hopeful.
  4. Turn on a dish and contemplate the cake deflate and eventually fall apart.
  5. Anyone tried baking with coconut milk? How did it work out for you?

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19 Responses to Disaster cake

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  3. Tonya - What's On My Plate says:

    I love a good cooking disaster! At least the taste worked out 🙂

  4. Manu says:

    Thanks for sharing this Paola… great spirit! I have no idea why that happened! I am not a "baker"… I often have disasters with yeast cakes! When I moved here I had soooo many problems to understand what kind of yeast I had to use and how it worked!!! It took me 2 years… you can imagine the cakes I made in those 2 years!!! hehehehe

  5. Erin says:

    Keep up the great work! If it weren't for a few misteps, you wouldn't overcome and do something amazing next time!
    Been bad weather here too – 60's, cloudy, and rainy today. That is not summer!

  6. Christine's Pantry says:

    We all have disasters in the kitchen, even chefs who have been working in a restaurant 30 + years have disasters. Some recipes came from a mistake that a cook or chef made. My opinion, food doesn't have to look like it belongs in an art gallery to be delicious. I think the taste is more important then looks. If you don't like the taste, then you aren't going to eat it no matter how good it looks. Anyways… I would eat a piece. Thanks for sharing this, most folks wouldn't share this.

  7. The flavors do sound amazing! And as long as it's edible, it's good… that's my motto. I've had my fair share of disaster cakes/cookies/breads… but they always taste good :)… They're just not pretty enough for a photo. :))

  8. Sandra says:

    Pola we all have disasters in kitchen..I do admire that you shared this..you are only human and it is natural to us all! I had my share of disasters! I know that you will do great next time! I would still eat your cake with little powder sugar on top and yummy!:))

  9. Pola says:

    Thank you guys for the nice words! I will keep trying and keep you posted on the results!

  10. Nuts about food says:

    I've had my share of disasters in the kitchen and I shared more than one on my blog. It is good to show all sides of blogging!

  11. Tina @flourtrader says:

    On a positive note-at least you did not make it for a bake sale or someone's birthday! Perhaps through more trial an error-you will have a masterpiece, so persevere.

  12. Ruth says:

    Oh no! Such a good idea though. The flavour was wonderful anyway, I bet!

  13. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Like everyone says, I love your spirit and keep on trying. I actually baked today (I hope you know that I rarely bake)…and it was my 2nd time using the same recipe. First time it didn't look right although taste was right. So I tried it again and it was much better. But if bakers make the same cake, I know it will turn into something completely different…but hopefully my camera disguised that look. Sorry I can't be any help giving advice..but I'll be your supporter! 🙂

  14. My Home Diary in Turkey says:

    keep on spirit girl! ^,^ I open that site U link in and would love to try it also, but I don't understand the language.. ^,^

  15. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    Good spirit! I had so many failures yet I went back trying again! So please, keep trying I'm sure you will finally have an amazing cake!

  16. Angie's Recipes says:

    It has been raning over here too…well, summer will come, sooner or later. 😉

    I noticed the other one has separated the eggs and used farina, which might have absorbed more liquid than the usual all purpose flour…just a thought..

  17. Paolo says:

    I really like your spirit! Not many food bloggers would report this disaster that you had, though I'm sure we've all had similar experiences 🙂

    Cakes are a complicated thing… My guess is that the cake mix was too heavy. The baking powder formed a big bubble of CO2 just below the surface, and the rest of the mix didn't raise. When the mix doesn't raise, it still cooks but it doesn't dry out in the familiar spongy texture; the water stays in and it resembles more of a pudding than a cake. "It fits!" as Dr. House would say 🙂

  18. Pola says:

    @Jillymo: teaspoons, thanks for catching that!

  19. Jillymo says:

    – 2 spoons baking powder … is that tea or tbl?

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