How many law students and how many boxes of cake mix does it take to make a tiramisu layer cake like the one pictured below?
Trick question! Apparently, it can’t be done. At least not with just two law students. We had to make it from scratch after the first two boxes of cake mix failed us. Or maybe I should say that we failed them…
How can two seemingly competent bakers fail so miserably at making a cake from a cake mix? I’m still not quite sure, but it turned into quite the baking adventure.
It started with what seemed like an easy cake recipe…all that we needed to do was make a simple layer cake out of cake mix before adding lots of delicious other ingredients to make it into a tiramisu cake. And then the first batch of cake came out like this:
No problem, right? I went to the store and bought another box of cake mix. This time, I was very careful to make sure that the batter spread throughout the entire pan. But that turned out not to be the only problem, I learned. Here’s what we got during round two:
So then we contemplated making tiramisu trifle…
But this was for a dinner party, so my roommate decided to go the extra mile and make a third cake from scratch. We made sure to spread the batter throughout the whole pan and to line the pans with parchment paper this time.
We poured a coffee mixture into each layer, like this:
Looking good! Then, we covered the cake with a whipped cream frosting, dusted it with cocoa, and topped it with chocolate curls. Yum! Here’s a slice of the finished product. Please forgive me for being a terrible cake cutter.
The good thing is that the cake was really delicious! I’m glad that it was worth it after all of that baking!
Here’s the recipe (adapted from AllRecipes.com):