I failed. Right there. Live, on .tv. Epic Fail! I had not planned to make a dessert tonight. There was no baking in my future when I got home from work, but after surfing over to one of my favorite food blogs, seeing the photos of a DEElicious looking cake, I decided I would make one on the show tonight. I did not have walnuts, but I made a simple adjustment, I used almonds and toasted coconut. What could be bad, right?
The photos at the SmittenKitchen.com blog looked awesome, but as you can see, it’s not what my cake ended up looking like. Now that I look at the “good cake” photos, I do believe I have figured out what went wrong.
It’s simple. I was too impatient! I took the cake out far too early. The funny thing is that I tested the cake with a knife and it came out clean, but I did not go to the bottom of the pan thinking that the caramel topping would show up on the knife no matter how long I left it in the oven. But as you can see from the SmittenKitchen’s cake, it needed to go in long enough to get really dark.
The texture of my topping was as though it was uncooked brown sugar. But I will tell you this. I am going to try this again. I will not be beaten by this cake! 🙂 The texture and taste of my cake was really great. The bananas were obvious and it had a nice crumb. I want to make it work, so stay tuned, I will try again!
Thursday at JTV
I was in the kitchen cleaning up a bit late tonight so when I tuned into JTV I realized it was time for the Help Channel Broadcast. I tuned in and saw Justin chatting with viewers. He was asking people to download the new Alexa Toolbar which is at the bottom of the JTV pages. I don’t understand what it does, but he said, “We need some Alexa love,” and asked that everyone download it.
I missed the screen shot of Kyle’s “big hair” image that Phil posted before he made his own hair “large”
Each week Phil, or Michael or Justin or all of them get on camera and ask viewers how we think things are going, what we’d like changed, what’s good, what’s bad, etc. and then they go on to tell us what’s planned for release the following day. Tonight’s big information was about the new chat UI. People seemed pleased with the new format and then someone complained about the JustinFans showing up in the user lists. They put a poll up and it seems that 60% did not care or want the generic names removed. I’m not sure what the big deal is? They are people that are watching a channel, whether able to chat or not. Isn’t that what broadcasters want — viewers?
I attempted to catch the new layout, but it appears I missed it. From what I saw, it looks like a good change.
They mentioned the JTV Anniversary party that’s scheduled for Saturday, but did not give many details other than to say it would probably start at about 8pm PDT and that Justin may broadcast throughout the day so we should be sure to tune in.
Since I began broadcasting, I have not had more than 1 night off in any given week. I have always worried that being gone for more than a day or two would result in a loss of all viewers. Don’t ask me why I had this notion? It’s driven me to broadcast 6 – 7 nights a week though. I am going to take a deep breath though and a nice, long weekend and not broadcast or blog for the next 3 days. I will be back to regular broadcasting and blogging on Monday at 9pm Eastern time. I am not sure what I will make — hmmm… perhaps a 2nd try at this cake? 🙂
See you after Easter.