A Bleeding Cake Due To My Mistake

Even though today is April Fool’s Day (Happy April Fool’s Day!) I am not fooling you when I say I baked up a little bit of a disaster two nights ago πŸ˜›

I am serious, I was almost cringing but in the end, masked it real fine πŸ˜€

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It all began like this…


Meet my subconscious mind. Most of the time she is a happy person but has a tendency to get a little temperamental when it comes to things I really adore, such as chocolate (I think you got a little whiff of her dangerous side here)

The cake I was planning was to be a graduation present. I mean honestly, that is awesome right? Graduation and cake go together like apples and pie, chocolate and peanut butter, just as much as birthdays and cakes πŸ˜€

cake 1
So while my conscious mind was getting all excited, I have come to believe my subconscious mind got pricked in the wrong spot.

“If this cake is a gift, that I means I do not get to eat it. Not happy. Not happy at all”

Churning out angry vibes...

Churning out angry vibes…

Meanwhile, I am happily planning an extravagant over the top deal filled with deliciousness. So I come up with this plan

  1. A Bundt Cake
  2. A Chocolate Mudcake in a bundt tin
  3. A layered chocolate than white chocolate mudcake in a bundt tin
  4. A tunnel of strawberry jam running in between the two layers
    cake 4
  5. Final thought: Tunnel of Jam Neopolitan Bundt Cake – yay, woohoo, yea πŸ˜‰

“Nooooooooooooo… I will not let her give away my cake, no, I want it. Two types of chocolate – NEVER!”

I collect ingredients, organise the bench and get to work…


Ruins my cake - pre baking...

Ruins my cake – pre baking…

I do think now my subconscious mind thinks she is cleverer than my conscious mind. What she does not realise is all that bombardment of English analysis on my conscious mind does help in thinking outside the square when it comes to cooking… and now mistakes πŸ˜‰

Back to the story…

I am happily making my chocolate batter, mixing melted butter and chocolate, attempting to not eat the packet of choc chips and fiercely keeping a spoon away from the batter.

No problems? Check

Beautiful devour-me batter? Check

cake 2
Moving on to the white chocolate batter my subconscious mind comes in for a chinwag… not a jolly one either πŸ˜‰

“You will add 2 eggs, not one”

I was making half of both mudcake recipes to layer them. The chocolate cake had 4 eggs. The white chocolate cake had 2. And I added 2 eggs to the batter made for 1 egg. And it got liquidy. Very very liquidy.

Before adding eggs...

Before adding eggs…

I begin freaking out. Silently in my head while keeping a cool composure πŸ˜‰

“Mwah hahahahahaha. Now the chocolate mudcake will be baked and all for me…”

So I work quick and randomly add in an extra 1/2-3/4 cup flour into the batter.

“What is going on….”

Dump in a couple of extra tbs caster sugar. Taste the batter and although I have no idea what the consistency should be like, I give it a shot anyhow because it tastes alright πŸ™‚

cake 9
In a greased-sugared Bundt tin, I pour the chocolate batter, add a tunnel of jam and then pour on the white chocolate batter.

The white chocolate batter engulfs the dark chocolate batter and I know there will not be any layering. And that the ‘natural’ swirling will not be a pretty sight.

“It will look too ugly to give… and I get a full cake – could this day get any better”

This is how my cake comes out. A patchy marbled mudcake complete with a jam swirl. Oh dear… My cake is bleeding…

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Post refrigeration: The final step

Icing – I use white chocolate icing and drizzle it over. Ok not absolutely ugly anymore. Popped in some strawberries. Hmm…

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“You are a perfectionist U, you won’t give something that looks so blah to anyone, save it for yourself [me] and relax…”

I needed some green – the strawberry leaves wereΒ  pretty average and brown-green. No thanks. And then mummy dear swoops in for the win. “Why not colour some icing green and do a design on top of the white?”

cake 13
“No, no, noooooooooooooooooooooooo” – Defeated subconscious mind…

And that is what I did. And it actually made a very, um, mistakable cake, quite presentable as a graduation cake. Taste? Obscenely delicious reviews all round πŸ˜€

Conscious mind: Uno

Subconscious mind: Zero

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Honestly here is what I learnt from all my baking mistakes

  1. Keep the recipe closer to you at all times
  2. Do not try a new idea for something so big
  3. Cake layering is not the same as cheesecake on top of brownie batter layering
  4. The subconscious wants are not stronger – learn to control oneself consciously πŸ˜€

Always into self improvement my friends!


Marbled Jam Swirled Mudcake

Marbled Jam Swirled Mudcake

Anyhow, so you know what this cake was meant to be all about. Here is how I would make it now if I wanted it to look pretty sans icing πŸ˜‰

To swirl

  1. Pour in batters and jam alternating to each other till they are finished (roughly go for 1/2-3/4 cup jam)
  2. Swirl gently and you are good to go πŸ˜€
Sorry I took a bite out but just look at that crumbiness!

Sorry I took a bite out but just look at that crumbiness!

This recipe was a keeper – it was soft, moist and the two mudcake flavours complement each other considerably while the jam surprise in some bites is awesome! Of course the icing too is a killer πŸ˜€

Enjoy mes amis! I look forward to properly trying this cake again one day πŸ˜‰

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P.S Thank you Heidi (@ The Young Grasshopper) for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger award – it is much appreciated πŸ˜€ – I will be posting about it next time πŸ™‚ – Thanks again my friend!



  1. Seriously, I’m addicted to your blog and every delicious thing you make. I’m stopping by to give you the versatile blogger award. Thanks for sharing and making me drool on a daily basis.

    • Glad you could enjoy both post and recipe my friend πŸ˜€
      I kind of live by the idea that if you don’t laugh at your mistakes you will cry πŸ˜‰
      Though I am thrilled you don’t notice the mistake πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  2. elsellin says:

    Oh my, this looks delicious! I love the mix of chocolates, and then the white chocolate icing on top! When can I graduate, so you can make this for me!

  3. Even though you’ve had some follies in making the cake, it looks like you turned it into something absolutely amazing. Great job!! I have made some would-be disasters into some great desserts and it always makes me feel so clever when I am done!

  4. Wendy says:

    Ideas always work out perfectly in my head. In real life, not so much. But hey, it tasted great and we learn the most from mistakes.

    • Thank you soo much πŸ˜€
      And many of mine did and sometimes still do (practice makes perfect totally appies ;))
      I am so glad you enjoyed this my friend and too hope your week goes fabulously πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  5. Kristina says:

    Hahah I was laughing out loud reading your post! Glad it all worked out πŸ™‚ Your cake is beautiful! And I loveee that you get upset about giving away your cakes bc you can’t eat them….becaue thats exactly what I think every time! haha

    • Haha we are so alike (though I believe a little bit of every baker collapses a little when he/she gives away a creation ;))
      Thanks for enjoying cake and post alike my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Awww thank you – seriously thrilled you liked it that much πŸ˜€
      And a cake house? Only everyday! Maybe one day, everyone will be buying homemade treats from me… utopian society dreams πŸ˜›

      Choc Chip Uru

  6. Joanne says:

    I often wonder whether I subconsciously sabotage my baked goods just so I can eat them out of irritation that they’re ruined. Hmmm.

    This mudcake sounds amazing though. And it looks it too!

    • I know right? I swear I should do a pyschology PhD when I graduate high school so I can prove every baker is a little evil πŸ˜‰
      Thanks very much for enjoying this post my friend πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Me too πŸ˜€
      Sometimes things go well and other times I just shake my head and dispose πŸ˜›
      Thanks so much for enjoying all the elements which made my happy mistake cake πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  7. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    i love the way u have decorated it, the icing & strawberries.. totally worked in prettying up the cake! πŸ™‚

    • I promise you not all of mine do either πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, it is perfectly alright with me – I really appreciate that you enjoy my blog so much πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Glad you understand (sometimes the mind overloads :D)
      Thanks for enjoying both cake and post my friend – it certainly was a keeper despite my mistakes πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  8. Unfortunately, disasters happens – even in our kitchens – lol… You’ve learned some valuable lessons but some of history’s greatest inventors didn’t let a little failure slow them down. I doubt you will either πŸ™‚ A+ for persistence.

    • Awww you gave me an A+ (makes me smile :))
      I defintiely agree – messing up a little gives you an extra push, especially when you are slowing a little πŸ˜€
      Great attitude!

      Choc Chip Uru

  9. Louise says:

    Wowza! Look Out Rita! (Rita is the lady who won second-prize in the 17th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1966 for her Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe which boost the sales of Bundt pans sky high! )

    I think your cake is fabulous! As a matter of fact, I’m grabbing the link for National Bundt Pan Day in November!!

    Thanks for sharing…

    • Awww thank you so much for comparing me to such a marvel! And for for giving me a link for November’s Bundt Day (which I cannot wait to celebrate :D)
      So happy you enjoyed this post and cake my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

  10. Heather says:

    Yes please, I will have a piece of this today – this looks so good, the icing makes the cake…plus all the other goodness, but the icing caught my eye first!

    • I wish I could give you a piece my friend πŸ˜€
      And the icing is defintiely one of the best parts – its white chocolatey smooth sweetness accentautes all the cake flavours πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  11. Courtney says:

    I love that you tried something new and that you were completely honest about the results. I think your fixes on top made it look lovely – and honesely the taste is what matters most, right? I’m glad you got to have some. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much – I love sharing my mistakes and achievements because that is what makes cooking fun (and human ;))
      I am happy you enjoyed the final product my friend πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks so much for enjoying both cake and post! πŸ˜€
      I too have had many more disasters besides this one πŸ˜‰ – and do learn from each experience!

      Choc Chip Uru

  12. Namitha says:

    Wow ! I have definitely learned something from you today πŸ™‚ You have made not that great looking cake into an awesome one ! I wouldn’t have the mind to get it look better.

  13. Your cake ended up being absolutely gorgeous! Great job, you actually had me drooling the entire time and my subconscious mind would have told me that I still clearly need to try it out because I had so many mistakes it probably wouldn’t taste as good as I was hoping. πŸ˜‰

    Seriously though, this cake sounds amazing! And because you’ve been so wonderful to me and gave me a handful of awards I’m paying you back (at least partially). You can check it out here http://nycityeats.com/wordpress/4640/smores-mug-cake-versatile-blogger-awards/. Don’t feel like you have to follow those “rules”. I don’t even know where they came from in the first place!

    • Thanks my friend for enjoying this cake πŸ˜€ – I promiseyou, your subconscious must be very wonderful since you bake such amazing things!
      Also I appreciate you giving me this award so much! It means a lot to me and I shall be posting of it soon πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  14. What a beautiful cake it turned out to be! I just felt I could bite into that last picture:)
    Thank you for checking out my blog, I am enjoying going through your posts, love your blog!

    • Thank you so much for enjoying this (I actually did take a bite out of that last photo ;))
      It was my pleasure to go to your blog – it is awesome! And I am glad you feel the same way about mine πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  15. Paula says:

    Wow! I’m impressed with your tenacity. I probably would have given up with the original egg mistake and started over. It does look positively mouth-watering. Regards, Paula of Salad in a Jar

    • Thank you πŸ˜€
      And I almost was ready to start again but then my laziness got the better of me!
      I a thrilled you enjoyed this cake and your blog is wonderful πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  16. This was a great save! Experimenting in the kitchen is really what it is all about and to do that you must be willing to take risks. However, this turned out to be a success and that is the real reward of the risk. Enjoy the day my creative friend!

    • Exactly I am glad you understand my methods of madness in the kitchen πŸ˜‰
      And I reap big rewards definitely if the risk pays off – hope you week is going well my friend πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you very very much my friend – so glad you enjoyed it (I too got a kick out seeing the interior over exterior :D))
      Glad you enjoyed this post too πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  17. anne says:

    I’m grinning when I finished reading your post πŸ˜€ Good save ! It looks moist and chocolatey ! The strawberry slices’ a nice touch ;D I’m always playing around er more of reducing too much of the ingredients in most of the recipes that I used , good thing ( most of the time ), it turned out edible hahahahaha

    • Haha glad you enjoyed it – your cake description is totally apt πŸ˜€
      I too never follow a recipe to the T anymore – much more fun to experiment around right? πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  18. Well, that is just an incredible “save”!! Aren’t us moms the best ever!! Lol, I think it turned out awesome and I just bet it tasted even better!! What a fantastic grad cake!!

    • Haha thank you – and you all definitely are πŸ˜€
      This cake was moist dense and surprise bits of jam were my favourite – I am glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  19. Wow this cake is a showstopper! So beautiful and so creative even if it wasn’t what was originally planned. In fact, I’d venture to say this is probably better and prettier than you had intended and delicious!

    I’d like this cake as a gift. So did the recipient love it? I know I would! Your so funny – A bleeding cake, what a riot!

    • Thank you so much my friend – your words make me feel so happy πŸ˜€
      And I did hear the receipient loved it as did his family – I wish I could make you one!
      Bleeding, yes, but in the best way possible πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  20. Gina says:

    Yum, I love cake! I think you might have convinced me to make some kind of bundt cake for our Easter party…I have a bundt pan that my mother in law gave me when we get married ( 6 years ago). Mind you, I use pretty much every other piece of equipment in our kitchen, but I have NEVER used it. NEVER!! It’s on my list now!

  21. Ramona says:

    I am the queen of baking experiments. I am such a novice to it all that if it falls flat… I blame my lack of knowledge. Now this cake… it’s not a mistake at all… I think it’s stunning. πŸ™‚ I would be proud if any of my baking experiments turned out this well!

    • That is awesome my friend – no matter how many wins or misses, baking experiimentation makes the best bakers πŸ˜€
      Thank you very much for your kind words on my cake πŸ™‚ – Thoguh I promise not all my experiements turn out like this πŸ˜›

      Choc Chip Uru

  22. applec says:

    Sometimes those mistakes turn out to be the best. They certainly taste great even though the cosmetics are in question.
    I love the way you finished the bundt with strawberries, icing (white chocolate?! -awesome!) and the touch of green. Great job.

    • I agree – appearance can be a little iffy but taste is never compromised πŸ˜€
      Thank you for enjoying my attempts to make it look presentable πŸ˜‰
      (White chocolate sour cream ganache actuall :))

      Choc Chip Uru

  23. Hola girlie, I’m back and I’m sorry I still don’t know what’s up with my email subscription. :S If you use a reader, you can just subscribe to my feeds there – that’s about the only sane option I can offer at the moment.

    But, on a more happy note, I think what you thought was a disaster turned out to be beautiful. That marbled exterior with the white chocolate drizzle is absolutely fabulous. The least you can call it is a beautiful disaster πŸ˜‰ And you’re too talented to let baking disasters get the better of you, my dearest friend! This is the perfect example!

    • Yay welcome welcome back πŸ˜€ – my reader is very stuffy so looks like I will have to keep checking back at your blog (no hardship I assure you!)
      Thank you soooo much! A beautiful disaster is such a sweet way of describing this – and your comments are making me blush πŸ™‚
      I appreciate how much you enjoyed this my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

  24. eliotthecat says:

    I sometimes share my disasters too. That being said, this does not look disastrous at ALL! It looks inventive and delicious!!!!

  25. delicio8 says:

    Taste is most important then the looks. Your cake looks really good though! I think mistakes teach us more than success anyway. Thank you for sharing, it’s nice to know other people have problems in the kitchen too!

    • I agree with all your philosophies D
      Thank you so much! And defintiely I assure you kitchens and problems are a package deal though dealing with them is another thing πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  26. suzisoutlook says:

    This turned out beautifully and I love that strawberry jam. What a fantastic job you have done, looks perfect to me. Hope you are enjoying your weeken.

    • Thank you my friend πŸ˜€
      Nice to know you are also a jam girl (just try it with chocolate, superb!)
      I am happy you enjoyed this cake and wish you a happy week!

      Choc Chip Uru

  27. It looks absolutely beautiful–I was worried when I saw the word “bleeding” in the title. My kids once made “Carrot, Finger & Cheesecake Muffins” That was more literal after one of them grated a finger while preparing them…

  28. It was a happy Accident! Now look at the new invention you created super moist and yummy. I also was in the kitchen today baking a cake and I thought about you several times as I was liking my fingers because of the frosting and the batter was everywhere… Hey how else was I supposed to clean that mess off my fingers? LOL

    • You thought about me when you were making a cake and eating frosting and batter? That is the best compliment I have ever received πŸ˜€
      And also very happy you enjoyed this new definitely super moist fudgy creation – definitely making my day here you are πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  29. Liz says:

    I loved reading the conversation you were having with yourself while baking…so cute!!! And your cake is just gorgeous….and it looks extremely tasty, too!!! Brava, my friend!

    • Aww thanks (my other half says thanks too ;))
      Very happy you enjoyed my cake my friend – it was perseverence for sure πŸ˜€
      But worth it in the end!

      Choc Chip Uru

  30. navane64 says:

    Whether it was your subconscious mind or whatever, it was the right decision in baking this gorgeous cake. I can’t get over looking at the loveable outcome and thumbs up again to you.

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      And your words have made my day (a star, oh my, toally blushing :))
      You are so kind my friend – though I must give credit to my mum too!

      Choc Chip Uru

  31. Veronica says:

    Well, thankfully for your hips your subconscious didn’t win! hahaha This is what I love about cake–you can almost always make it pretty no matter how it looks. And your cake looks GREAT, I love it even before the glaze-rustic beauty. Mmm, it looks very fudgy and moist too! Great job.

    • Hehe I suppose that is true – you always look at the positives πŸ˜€
      And I agree, frost it up good and no one even knows!
      And I will takeyou up on that rustic beauty concept – thank you so much for enjoying my friend (and fudgy and moist are apt descriptions ;))

      Choc Chip Uru

  32. My mistakes NEVER look that good! Either one must taste fabulous and I may try it next month when strawberries come in. I just love it! I pinned your 1-serving chocolate cake with ice cream and it was repinned a bunch!! I’ll do this one too. It must be really late over there………because it’s getting late over here! Very nice job! Thanks for the compliment on the jam cupcakes!

    • Haha neither do mine πŸ˜‰ – I got very lucky! I hope you do try it my friend though any berry would love lovely in the middle – maybe some mint and raspberries and make it a mint chocolate mudcake? πŸ˜€
      And thank you again for repinning it – it is much appreciated when you do not even have to do it πŸ™‚
      Also, it was my pleasure – jam anything is awesome!

      Choc Chip Uru

  33. The Mom Chef says:

    Can’t tell you how wonderful that cake looks. I love the fact that you showed the bleeding and how you were able to cover it up so well. It’s beautiful and looks delicious.

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      I firmly believe even mistakes should be shown – though I am happy it was covered up πŸ™‚
      Thrilled you enjoyed it so much – taste was definitely there!

      Choc Chip Uru

  34. sugaredpecan says:

    I think it is awesome! it is pretty and looks equally delicious! I one time made a blueberry cake that has cream cheese and blueberries between multiple layers. When I took it out of the fridge to take to open house Christmas party at work, the layers had slid apart and off. It quickly became a blueberry trifle, which ironically worked out better……go figure.

    • Thank you very much my friend πŸ˜€
      And I love how quickly you adapted your slight kitchen mishap (which sounds absolutely delicious may I add) πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  35. Because I love to fool around with recipes, things like this happen to me all the time It’s great though because you get to eat the evidence:) Your cake ended up looking beautiful Uru and I’m sure it was delicious!

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