What usually happens when you get yourself into something that's way out of your league?
I baked an Ube (Purple Yam) Chiffon Cake today. Some of you might find the idea of a cake like this a little weird. This is in fact widely popular in the Philippines and it's one of my personal favourites. I have actually been dreaming of making one for a very long time.
It started out as a simple plan in my head...to bake a soft, light chiffon cake that will be cleanly frosted with whipped cream. I had told you time and again that I was no good at cake decorating so really, I had to keep it plain.
After baking the cake, things started to go differently though. One change came after another. First of all, I had extra grated purple yam left so I thought, why not make a cake filling out of it?
I decided against cutting the cake in half afterwards. That filling eventually became the cake border. But the problem was that it was a bit runny...I figured it would be best to just spread it out like a topping. That topping eventually became a part of the frosting.
I am not going to pretend that I knew what I was doing. Really, I had no idea. What I was left at that point was one big, sloppy mess of a cake.
But I wasn't about to give up. I had to go by my instincts and turn this disaster around with my creativity.
I played with the frosting a bit more until I was finally satisfied.
So here it is...my birthday cake.
I suppose it didn't turn out to be a disaster after all.
It's my birthday today, by the way.
PS. We'll eat this later...if it turns out as yummy as I am imagining it to be, I might even share the recipe....