Not Everyone Bakes

Boredom can lead to troubling actions. I have baking in the category of things I only ever consider when I’m bored. As in really bored. The ‘I am so bored I will consider doing things I never normally do’ type boredom. On Sunday afternoon I decided it would be a good idea to bake a cake. I should have remembered that not everyone bakes. A lot of people (me included) can’t bake.

I can hardly cook never mind bake so I should put this type of good idea in the bad idea bin. It never turns out well. But after, what was meant to be, a relaxing Sunday morning I got to the afternoon and decided I should do something. Eating cake is not part of my current health drive; so of course this was what I settled on as something I should do.

How hard can baking be?

I should point out that I have baked things before. The last event of this type was probably 10 years ago. I also watch baking type programmes and realise these can lull people into thinking that it is not that hard. In reality I have no clue what I am doing so I messaged my dad to obtain my grandmother’s recipe book. Then off I went to Tesco with my list of ingredients. This list included wine. Granted it is not a cake ingredient (that I know off) but it was essential to the whole thing.

I had settled on two recipes. One of them had to work out ok. My choices:

  • ‘Fruit Loaf’; and
  • ‘Chocolate Cake’.

You can easily guess which one I was hoping would be edible…a little edible.

The problem with baking on a whim is that it takes ages. Measuring, mixing, beating things, greasing tins and then the cooking.


But after a couple of hours – voila! Two fruit loafs and one chocolate cake later I was feeling very smug about my achievement. I took a photo and sent it off to various family members.

I think they were in shock for a bit but the replies came back in with oooh’s and aaaggghhh’s. It may not be as majestic as the image above. I also don’t think you will make the same ooh and aaagghh type appreciation noises – but here is my photo anyway:

Bloody rubbish cake and 2 kind of ok Fruit Loafs

Note to self – Never bake

Especially not Cake!

The smug feeling was short lived. Cutting a slice of the chocolate cake was a slap of reality. I can’t bloody bake. It was more like a biscuit…risen…but still biscuit like. Thankfully the fruit loafs’ tasted ok. The thing is I was really wanting chocolate cake. My chocolate cake was binned. I also remembered that I am trying to eat healthily so stoped at 2 slices of the fruit thing.

There are lots of reasons as to why I don’t bake. I don’t want to bake. I can’t really bake. My baking attempts are fruitless; or in my case cakeless. Baking when bored is a bad idea. I know the rest of the world is good at baking. It’s clearly just not one of my strengths.

Header photo by parastoo jk on Unsplash

18 thoughts on “Not Everyone Bakes”

    1. In 10 years I will give that a go πŸ˜‚. In the meantime I will venture as far as the cake shop next time I get an inkling. Ps…if you can guesstimate timings for anything cooking related you are considered (in my view) an expert.


  1. Oh no! Baking is such an under estimated art form – it’s crazy. My dad is such a great cook but can’t bake to save his life! My mum is the other way around and makes the best cakes and pies. I love the process of cooking and baking so I’m relieved at that. Your cakes look really good β™₯ especially the loaf ones! Good job πŸ˜€

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    1. You have the best of both worlds with your parents! Thanks for the comment and for saying they look good. The fruit loads were edible at least. I think my limit is 6 ingredients πŸ˜†

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