Thursday, September 4, 2008

What do you mean they made a mistake?


Although it sounds strange, baking really calms me down. So it has been unbearably stressful at work, like cry at your desk because you just can’t take it anymore stressful. So that means baked goods are being produced at a rapid pace. So last night I decided that an easy Bundt cake would do the trick. But as I arrived home from work I pulled up to my house and the shingles were off of the garage side of the house and P was standing outside. I stopped my car got out and said what is going on (ok there were more swear words but I try to keep it clean here). Apparently 3 houses down was getting their roof replaced and they made a mistake and started to take off our roof instead so half of my house has no shingles and is covered by a tarp and did I mention that it is supposed to rain here for the next few days. But I was so stressed out that all I could do is laugh. So laugh I did, and so it looks like P and I are getting a new roof for free. In the grand scheme of things barring no water damage, this actually is a blessing in disguise as we wanted to get a new roof before we sell our house in the next few years. So in honor of my new roof I made a Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake. I followed the directions but I think next time I will add the zest with the sugar and butter like most cakes do because the zest kind of clumped together. But all in all this was a great cake and made the house smell fantastic.

Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake

2 ½ cups of AP flour, plus 1 tablespoon of flour for the blueberries 2 teaspoons of baking powder ½ teaspoon of salt 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened 1 cup of brown sugar 1 cup of sugar 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 1 cup of sour cream 2 cups of blueberries, if you use frozen do not thaw them 2 tablespoons of lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup Bundt cake pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Beat in the vanilla, reduce speed to low and add flour in three additions alternating with 2 additions of sour cream. In a bowl toss together the blueberries, zest and tablespoon of flour. And Fold gently into the batter, spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert the pan onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Based off of Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake by Martha Stewart.

10 comments:

  1. So my jaw dropped as I read this post! I probably would have laughed at the whole situation as well! And I cant believe you are getting a new roof for free!!That is GREAT! Like winning the lotto! Well, not that great..but pretty damn great!
    I am sorry you are having stress at work! That sucks. I used to have an EXTREMELY stressfull job..and realized after 4 years of hell..no amount of money was worth my well being! And I was outta there!!!
    And I am sure your dogs are waiting by your feet to catch your spills everynight..like a built in vacuum cleaner!!!

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  2. I think this is like winning the lotto. Seriously. Wow, I bet some heads rolled on this one! Nice cake to celebrate!

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  3. WOW! Well, I guess you could say you got "lucky!" My job stresses me out too at times. I think it affected me today in the same way - getting silly. My stress on this job really isn't BAD stress though. Its just BUSY stress. Hope your work stress gets better. At least you have blueberry bundt cake to temporarily help!

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  4. I can't believe they start working on the wrong house... At least you will get a free one! That blueberry cake looks o good!

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  5. I love, as in LOVE, bundt cakes. Thanks for sharing.

    Your roof story was so crazy I repeated it to my husband (after he heard me gasp). I cannot imagine coming home to find my rook gone/being removed. INSANE.

    I also bake to de-stress. I just had surgery (2 1/2 weeks ago) and making dinner is still wigging me out but I have been baking up a storm. I think my family thinks I am nuts. But when you bake there is no time pressure, it is all at your pace. I totally get it.

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  6. wow. this reminds me of all those stories about doctors operating on the wrong limb and such, but a little less painful. i admire your attitude! and yes, the kitchen is definitely my haven when i'm really stressed. :)

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  7. Katie beautiful bundt cake. I love blueberries. As for your roof, it is a blessing in disguise. Getting a new roof is rather costly. We had a new one put in this year because of weather damage and the insurance paid for all of it. 17 guys on my roof did it all in one day. I'm sure you'll love your new roof once it's done.

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  8. Haha love it..."in honor of my new roof, I made this bundt cake..." That's too funny.

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  9. Oh my gosh, that's crazy! Good for you... not so good for the roofing company, lol. Well, congrats on the new roof.

    Your bundt cake looks delish!

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  10. There's an award waiting for you on my blog, well done!

    Love

    Hayley @ Away With The Fairycakes

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