I love cheesecake. As simple as that. Any kind (well, home-baked prefered, but I even enjoy an occasional Sara Lee), any flavour, anytime. I’m sure, I’m not the only one.
Just yesterday, I baked one for today’s brunch with my girlfriends. It was a Mocha Cherry Cheesecake with a ganache topping. It came out of the oven so pretty and perfect and that was when my brain shut down. Somehow I thought it would be ok if I removed the sides of my spring-pan – well, now I know it was a BAD idea! The thing is, I baked the cheesecake in a steam bad (wrapping the cake pan in foil and putting it in a bigger pan with water in it). It usually gives you a very tender cheesecake with mousse-like texture, but it also means that the cheesecake doesn’t really bake through. When I took the sides of the pan off, the top of the cake cracked and the filling puddled on the counter. I’m not gonna tell you which words I used to loudly proclaim my own stupidity, but let me tell you they weren’t pretty (thank God my kids were asleep!) I thought the cake was ruined.
On the other hand, there was nothing to lose by trying to salvage the situation, so I put the sides of the pan back on, and scooped the filling from the counter (I swear, it was über-clean!!!) back in the pan. I then put the cake back in the oven (without the water this time around), and baked it again. After that, I cooled the cake and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I put the ganache on top of the cheesecake and prayed to all the cake gods that what I had was still edible!
Surprise, surprise - the cheesecake was ok! It was more than ok, it was great. In fact, you couldn’t tell there was anything wrong with it, and my girls thought I was kidding when I told them the story. But, because of the incident, I didn’t trust myself to take a picture of a “spoiled” cheesecake (although it looked allright also). After I realized the cake wasn’t ruined at all, it was too late for a full photo-session, but I managed to salvage the last piece to take a picture :)
Moral of the story: if something goes wrong – don’t panic. It may look like a total miss, but don’t give up! Try to do what you can with what you have. Chances are, even if the cake doesn’t turn out perfect, it will still be delicious!
All this talk about cheesecakes made me wonder if there’s such thing as a cheesecake wedding cake (seriously, why not? I haven’t met a person in my life who didn’t like cheesecake) I did some search and found out that, even if it’s not the easiest to decorate and it spoils more easily than other types of cake, it’s not impossible to have a cheesecake wedding cake!
Here is the link to the discussion of making and decorating a cheesecake for a wedding.
Well, I’m trying that the next wedding I can!