Boston Cream Birthday Cake #NailedIt (not really)

It was TheHubs birthday yesterday, and I wanted to bake him a cake. He says he loves cakes I make more than store bought, though I’m sure part of it is the frugalista within him not wanting to see a receipt for $10 to $20 spent on a cake for him. He’s just silly like that.

I happened to have had a box of Angel Food Cake in the cupboard, so I did what any geek with a handy 2 in 1 Asus Transformer netbook would do and I searched God Google for an answer to “Angel Food Birthday Cake”, while standing in the “pantry”/”laundry room”/”stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else in the house room” to see what ingredients I’d have on hand to add to this cake. Not surprisingly, there were thousands of answers for this important question, but one in particular caught my eye.

TheHubs loves boston cream donuts, it’s usually his go to whenever we make a trip to Timmies, so I thought, why not? What I should have thought then was, “Hey! Trip to Timmies! Who says a birthday cake can’t come in six individual servings?” and proceed to purchase six actual boston cream donuts.

No, instead I found myself learning the art of making Angel Food cake (after spending $15 on a tube pan, oops! How’s that for frugal? I did check my flipp app to see if Wilton pans were on sale anywhere first, like a good spouse of a frugalista should do.)

Did you know this was a thing in Angel Food cake making?

I had no clue. I did not realise that Angel Cake requires you to first drink a bottle of wine (which might explain the initial concept, so I’m lucky I had an unfortunately-empty bottle that was yet to be recycled.) I wish I kept the box handy to show you the illustration, but I’m glad it had one, or else I wouldn’t have put any faith in the english language when it told me to do this.

The recipe (linked in the pin above) is actually quite simple on paper, it even tells you to just go buy an premade cake, which would have meant I would have missed out on the joy of hanging said cake upside-down from a wine bottle.

The end result though… Oy. Sure it tastes just as a boston cream donut would taste if the dough portion was always angel food, but the presentation. Not my forté. I convinced myself that I only wanted a two layer cake instead of three, ’cause hey, jelly and boston cream donuts only have one creamy filling middle, not two; but in reality, I didn’t see this cake standing at all if I tried dividing it into three.


Anyway, one of my fave ways to cheer myself up is to see how other pinterest peeps have “Nailed It” when attempting to recreate something beautiful they saw online.

Follow Geek with Style’s board Totally Nailed It on Pinterest.

Haha, hedgehog cake looks rabid, I love it so much!

Do you have any Pinterest inspired woes/#NailedIt attempts? What have you tried because Pinterest made it look irresistible?

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8 Comments on “Boston Cream Birthday Cake #NailedIt (not really)

Maya Fitz
September 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

First of all, I think you did a fab job. It looks great! And I’m sure it tasted great too. I’m sure the hubby loved it and appreciated it. That’s all that matters.
Secondly, I love the pinterest fails #NailedIt pictures! Always make me smile…
I didn’t know the bottle trick… so cool but definitely not user friendly.
Either way, great job!!

September 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I love seeing all those #nailedit cakes – I think my favourite is the lamb. I think you did a pretty good job on your cake. It looks yummy!

October 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

I love Pinterest Fails but this is not one! It’s so nice that you put all that effort into a cake for your husband & it looks really good and very tasty!

October 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

I think we’ve ALL had Pinterest fails lol. But seriously, this still looks AMAZING! I would totally eat it! Who cares what it looks like, as long as it tastes yummy 😉 The nailed it pictures always give me a good chuckle hehe.

Gingermommy (@Gingermommy)
October 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Haha love it! I have tried to duplicate some pin worthy recipes and had them totally fail. Still tasted great

Deanna T. (@MapleLeafMommy)
October 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

That looks yummy, totally yummy, and I bet it tasted fantastic. I don’t even think it’s much of a fail, it looks good to me. But then I’m not the world’s most pickiest baker. That hedgehog cake from your Nailed It board cracks me up.

October 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

LOL! This sounds like me in so many ways. I’ve had those Nailed It moments a lot when finding a cool recipe on Pinterest that looks easy enough and it turns out not looking so pretty like. I actually tried to make my father in law Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes once, Boston Creams are his favs as well, let’s just say I ended up picking up a dozen doughnuts from Timmies instead, hahaha.

October 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

It looks delicious!!


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