Nov 11 7 Comments

Vanilla and butter flavored love

Once Naomi was going to make a cake while I was out doing something else. She called me—panic was in her voice—and said: I think I did something wrong. I put one cup of vanilla and a tablespoon of sugar in the cake. I think it should have been the other way around. The bottle of vanilla was empty and the cake didn’t turn out that great. Since then Naomi has baked a lot and she always makes sure she reads the recipe well.

Naomi generally stays away from vanilla these days.

Today Steve was going to bless me by making a coffee cake. He has never made a cake before. And while I was suffering at the dentist’s, he was suffering in the kitchen.

He picked me up and said: I forgot to double the amount of baking powder.

I said: Why did you have to double it?

He said: Because you had written Double the recipe next to the recipe.

To which I replied: Uh oh. That was something I wrote many years ago when I had a huge pan. The pan you used doesn’t need that much batter.

My loving man’s jaw dropped: Oh, shoot. Also, that was A LOT of butter.

I felt like my crown came loose. Steve, did you use 3/4  of a Norwegian pack of butter?

He looked at me with his puppy dog eyes. Of course, that is what you had written.

I looked him with my Betty Crocker eyes. Yes, but I wrote that many years ago, and it was 3/4 of a Thai pack of butter, about 1/2 cup.

He sighed, like a knight who just got stabbed with a sword. Seriously? I think I put about two cups of butter in the cake. Crap. Is there a way to take butter out from cake batter?

The cake had to bake for quite a bit longer than the recipe said. It’s a little salty and greasy. But it was made with love—and a lot of butter.

Cake made with love, sweat and butter.

The lesson one can learn from these two stories that are accounts of unfortunate incidents that happened to two of the people I love the most in the world: Read the recipe well and follow the directions to a tee. Ignore the handwritten notes in the margin unless you know what you are doing.

This is how we should live too.


  • greg klung says:

    Your story was so inspiring that I just threw together a recipe-less coffee cake for us. We will see if faith is enough to guide us to culinary success! Steve still rocks in my book!

  • Luana says:

    Aww, those are such cute stories Oddny!

  • lynnie says:

    AWWWWWW Only the Mom to this man can say awwwwwwwwwww with the rest of you! Love it. Heck I never had recipes, perhaps that may have contributed to some of this. I always cooked from memory and I was constantly changing it up.

    • Elizabeth Baker says:

      Those stories are sooo funny! Thanks for the “good medicine”…laughs!
      I had to start reading these blogs because my daughter and friend are such fans!!!
      Love you all, Elizabeth

  • Greg Klund says:

    If this picture taken five minutes out of the oven, I think Marcus gives it two forks up with a side of milk!

  • Barbara says:

    Yes, please……..I would like a piece of Steve’s cake. Can one ever have too much butter?

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