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Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:07:56 PM »
I made a terrific apple bundt cake with caramel glaze for a work potluck tonight (2 hours from now!). Then I took it out of the pan and it collapsed into a million chunks.
The mess of a cake -- it's about 1/3 beautiful and intact, the rest a sloppy, crumby blob -- is absolutely delicious. I tried a chunk that fell on the counter instead of the plate. But it's utterly unserveable as is. If I saw it sitting out, I'd assume it'd had an unfortunate meeting with the floor.

Should I: Serve the cake and explain the disaster?
Rush to the store and buy something quick?
Rescue it in some unforeseen way?
Not bring anything? (Participation is not required/expected, but voluntary.)

Work potluck background: My company provides turkey, potatoes, rolls, cranberries, drinks and 1 or 2 other dishes for our in-office Thanksgiving dinner during work hours; we provide the rest. I checked a sign-up list yesterday and the only things people had signed up for were tossed salad and cookies. This could mean no one brings anything, or it could mean that people just didn't feel like using the sheet.
I talked up this cake a bit yesterday to a co-worker or two who will ask about it whether it's there or not.

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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2010, 03:09:42 PM »
Can you make a trifle out of it?

Cut it up into chunks and layer it with whipped cream and nuts and maybe some fruit?
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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2010, 03:12:53 PM »
Can you make a trifle out of it?

Cut it up into chunks and layer it with whipped cream and nuts and maybe some fruit?

This is what I was thinking, too.  Crumble it up and layer whipped cream or a custard between cake layers and then top with whipped cream and some sliced or slivered almonds.
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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 03:19:55 PM »
That sounds like a neat idea for a future disaster! Thanks.

In this case, I have no cream and no trifle dish, and the cake seems a bit over-moist to hold up to even the pressure of the lightest whipped loveliness.

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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010, 03:21:33 PM »
What about bread pudding?

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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2010, 03:24:52 PM »
Do you have the caramel sauce?  Put the chunks mixed with something like nuts or raisins, in a bowl and either pour the sauce over it or serve the sauce on the side.  Any chance that sauce will whip?

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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2010, 03:45:17 PM »
I think salvage what you can and slice it, package it up for transport, then get a contrasting but tasty other dessert in the nearest bakery/supermarket.

Or whip up something easy to bring with it that you have the ingredients for (something like banana bread, which is my personal go-to as I always have old bananas in the freezer and it is very very quick to make).

But definitely bring what there is, just pre-sliced.

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Re: Apple cake disaster -- for potluck today. Any ideas?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2010, 03:49:59 PM »
I'll try slicing it, but I'll be lucky to get 2-3 intact slices!
 
I had very little in the sweets department of my pantry -- and not even any butter left, and no nuts or raisins (the nuts went into the cake) -- but I've got my go-to no-butter peanut butter cookies (enhanced with maple syrup and a good shake of cinnamon) in the oven now.
Decided that getting ready for work took precedence over a trip to the store The nearest one's not far away, but it's far enough that I wouldn't have time for a round trip plus more cooking.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions!