I am not a natural baker. I often like the idea more than actually baking anything. That being said, sometimes I find great satisfaction in baking and other times... Well, they're like today.
For my second bundt (leading up to National Bundt Day, Nov 15) I chose to make "The Naughty Senator" (yes, I planned this to coincide with voting today) from the book All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray. Each recipe in the book was made by Melissa and tested by NPR's All Things Considered staff. Very cool.
The Naughty Senator is a peppermint and chocolate rum marble cake. To me it sounded... kind of good and kind of weird. Well, it's both! However, here's where my lack of baking satisfaction comes into play: I did everything exactly according to the recipe. I did, I swear! But, instead of having a pastel green and chocolate swirled artful design my cake had color blobs. And, it was really puffy. And, unfortunately, it was slightly overcooked. So... what to do? Consider it a complete failure? Nope, I frosted it to respectability. Or at least to making it look a little better.
Taste? Not bad. But, definitely not for mint haters. The rum flavoring? I couldn't really taste it, but I just used a non-alcoholic extract. Maybe that makes a difference.
Wouldn I make it again? Probably not. But, the name alone made it the perfect cake for today.