The kind folks at OXO have kindly sent me two handheld mandoline slicers. One for me and one for the lucky winner of this giveaway. It is one of the handiest kitchen tools you can have and I love mine! Mostly, I’ve slice fruits, veggies and even made a vain attempt at slicing smoked sausage. That was an epic fail. However, this time I really went out of the box and sliced a Snickers bar. Thankfully my fingers are still in tact and I refrained from eating it while slicing. Big high 5 for me!
The OXO handheld Mandoline is very convenient and one of the best features is that you can hook it over a bowl and your slices fall into it. This eliminates having to scoop your slices from the cutting board into the bowl. Little things add up people!
I’ve had a taste for a Cream Cheese Pound Cake for a while, but wanted to do something different with it. Enter the sliced Snickers bar. I also didn’t want a full size pound cake. My plan was to make a smaller cake and try out one of my new silicone molds for some smaller cakes. I really hope you’re not tired of hearing about those molds, because I’m not done yet. Now I don’t have a medium size bundt pan. I have full size and the mini ones. So I put on my creative cap and decided to use a six inch spring form pan and place a heat core in the center to simulate the tube. That was an almost epic fail. You probably want to know what a heat core is don’t you?
Bakers sometimes use heating cores for cakes larger than 12 inches in diameter. The core allows to you bake large cakes evenly, with no burnt edges or undone centers. Heating cores are small cylindrical devices you fill with batter and place in the center of the cake pan. The metal of the heating core helps heat the center of the cake more quickly, baking it at the same rate as the outside.
It would have been so nice if I had used the core in the way that it was meant to be used. It stood up perfectly in the pan and barely shifted when I spooned in the batter around it. I patted myself on the bag numerous times. At least until I looked in the oven and discovered that my lovely heat core and fallen on its side and couldn’t get up. I didn’t dare open to the oven to stand it up either. Then it dawned on me that I didn’t fill the core with batter. Duh!!!
I noticed that some batter and flowed inside of it and thought I’d just sliced the cake out of it and all would be well. Fat chance! The batter that flowed inside was barely enough for a quick taste. Most importantly the fallen heat core left a huge indentation in the cake. After it cooled and I flipped it over it looked like a cave or igloo. Thankfully these kinds of mistakes can be eaten. I went ahead and made the mini cakes in the silicone mold and used them to hide the gaping hole in the cake. All the cakes were glazed and I used silk flowers and leaves to seal up the remaining gaps. All’s well that ends well.
As far as the Snickers part goes it didn’t add too much to the cake and it certainly didn’t distract from it either. If I decide to make it again I think two bars would be better.
I’ve discovered Rafflecopter via some other blogs and am giving them a try for this giveaway.