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Overcoming Cooking Disasters – My Sparkling Truth

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Do you ever have one of those moments that make you ask yourself why something that seemed so simple to do just didn’t turnout quite right? I think we all have those. I know I sure do! Being a cook and a very amateaur baker, I tend to have these moments from time to time. You could call them Sparkling Truths.


What exactly is a sparkling truth? They are truths that happen when life happens, when you sparkle through unexpected challenges, moving forward and making the best out of a less than stellar situation. See that mess of a dessert in that photo above? That’s one of my sparkling truths. Those were supposed to be beautiful cheesecake swirled red velvet brownies. Instead, they ended up like that.

How could something like this happen?

I asked myself that question but the answer was pretty obvious. My first error was that I didn’t use the correct pan size for baking these. I said to myself “Oh, I’ll just use my 9×9 pan rather than my 13×9 pan and they will turn out ok.” Wrong. I was making this recipe from a cake mix. In order to achieve the consistency of a brownie, it was essential that I use a 13×9 cake pan. My other mistake: not setting the timer for another 5 minutes when needing to cook these for a little longer than they initially cooked. I was in the kitchen working on other things. I could keep watch on them. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep a very good watch on them and they stayed in a little too long. The cheesecake swirl ended up burning.

Now being me, I didn’t want to throw these away. They looked horrible but I knew they would still taste good. In order to overcome this obstacle, I scraped off all of the burnt cheesecake swirl. Then I made buttercream frosting to top these with. They still looked pretty horrible but they tasted pretty darn good. Moral of the story: don’t throw away desserts that look bad. Try to make them look somewhat pretty and then enjoy them! You can also make them into other desserts. Something like these red velvet brownies could be crumbled up and used to make delicious trifles!

I was actually able to get a halfway decent photo of these red velvet brownies the day after I made them. See, it wasn’t a total failure! You can often overcome cooking disasters!


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Now that you’ve read about my “sparkling truth”, it’s time to share yours! A sparkling truth is a moment when you sparkle through unexpected challenges, brushing yourself off in a bubbly style. How do you sparkle on when life throws you a curve ball? Leave a comment on this post or jump in the conversation on social media by tagging your amplification with the hashtag, #sparklingtruth.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®.

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6 comments on “Overcoming Cooking Disasters – My Sparkling Truth”

  1. I just LOVE that you scraped off the burnt parts and then frosted them!! Frosting really does solve everything! They actually do look like they’d taste pretty good Julie! Thanks for sharing this post today, it was fun. Its always nice to know you aren’t the only one with kitchen mishaps!

  2. Oh my gosh, I have kitchen disasters on a regular (weekly?!) basis. I keep thinking I should be immune to them because I cook so much, but I think that just means I’m even more likely to screw things up! At least I’ve gotten good at re-using the failed experiments. Let’s just say we eat a lot of cake pops and trifle around my house. :) Glad to know I’m not the only one this happens to!

    • It’s good to know that even the seasoned cooks have mishaps! And it’s even better to find other creative cooks and bakers who make the best out of their mishaps. Thank you so much for stopping by, Elizabeth!

  3. So true! A lot of first tries with dessert don’t look pretty, but they still taste fine. I like the idea of crumbling this up into a cake pop or truffle ball. Nom!