“U” is for Upside-Down Banana Nut Cake Mishap(s)

Today was a mess of nonsense in my kitchen. First, I made a batch of Roasted Beet Brownies and forgot some essential ingredients. I feared failure in their future so I stirred the abandoned ingredients into the batter a few minutes after they had been in the oven. Quick save (or so I thought)! They came out not quite right… I have no photos because they are mighty ugly.

Second, I decided to focus today’s post on upside-down cake. Mistake? Maybe. You see, I had both of these marvelous-seeming ideas mixing in bowls at the same time. All the while, I was on the phone sorting out a bill with my doctor’s office. Plus, Tim was grumbling about needing lunch. I am usually an expert in multi-tasking – just not today, a Monday of all days. Pfffffftttt.

This poor upside-down cake had some oven adventures it would probably like to forget. When I first removed it from the oven it was gorgeous! It came right out of the pan while Tim and I marveled at the aroma and beauty. And then, while I was photographing it, I realized that it was sinking in the center. I decided to cut a slice for sampling. Batter oozed out from the center. It was under-baked. I put it back in the oven to finish baking. Let’s just say it is no longer a pretty cake. It tastes nice, but the recipe needs a bit of work before I can share it with you. Stay tuned!

Upside-Down Banana Nut Cake (pre-sinkage)

And now, the winners of the So Delicious coupon giveaway! Commenters #6 (Ashley), #9 (Edhie), #10 (Jodie), and #25 (Vic) – Congratulations!!! I will send each of you an e-mail so we can arrange mailing of your prize! Yay! [Edhie, please contact me via my About Me page, your e-mail address is not working. Thanks!]

A Toast to the Winners!

Haahaa! Get it? You know, because I am mailing two people coupons for French Meadow Bakery products, bread specifically. Bread makes toast. I am a bit late announcing the winners and I apologize – time keeps disappearing. Anyway, a few posts ago I did a review of bread from French Meadow Bakery. I had some extra coupons and thought readers would enjoy using them. So without much delay, the two winners are…

1. Ruby Red Vegan who loves the hemp bagels from French Meadow Bakery

and,

2. Claire from A Fresh Dille blog who wants to try the spelt bread

Yay!!! Congratulations!!! I will contact each of you by e-mail so that I can get the coupons in the mail as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for a different product review in the upcoming weeks!

Who’s the Big Winner?!

First off, I would like to thank everybody who left a comment on their favorite sea creature. Reading the responses made me realize that it isn’t easy to pick a favorite! All creatures of the sea are equally amazing, fascinating, and worth celebrating. When World Ocean Day rolls around on June 8th, let’s remember to honor sea horses, starfish, manatees, jelly fish, coral, turtles, and all those in between! By the way, my favorite creature of the sea is the whale. I had the opportunity to see whales migrating in the Pacific Ocean several years back, and it was absolutely incredible. There is a great book (a bit crazy and very funny) called “Fluke” written by Christopher Moore. I recommend reading it, as long as you aren’t offended by weird humor…

And now, the winner(s)…I decided to choose two people to receive cookies because presents in the mail are a lot of fun! I wrote each person’s name on a piece of paper and put them in a bowl. I randomly pulled out two names…

1. Jamie, who picked the starfish (one of my favorites too!)

2. Rural Vegan, who picked sea otters (I love their whiskers!)

Hooray for the winners! All you two need to do is e-mail me with your address, and you should expect a package of homemade vegan cookies really soon! Be excited!

Thanks again to everybody for participating. Until next time…

Starfish on the Oregon coast

A rock with a hole, in the Pacific Ocean (where lots of lovely sea creatures live!)