I thought I’d share a few disastrous moments with all of you. What fun would it be to read this if everything is always great? Cuz sometimes mistakes happen.
The most recent disastrous moment was adapting my small recipe to bake a much larger batch. Sometime back I created an Excel spreadsheet that would automatically recalculate a new large batch by just typing in whatever amount I wanted to make. This is something I started out doing by hand with pencil and paper and was easy when it was just 2 or 3 dozen and I’d scribble 1 cup of flour is now 3 cups of flour, etc. Excel was one of the tools I used in my past career as a project manager and seemed like a natural fit to use in this business for adapting and calculating new recipe amounts. I’ll stop here to acknowledge that I’m probably getting the old rolled-eye from people who know there are software applications out there for this purpose–that I’m reinventing the wheel. I know, I searched for them, but I had Excel on my computer and it was quick and easy to set up.
That said, Excel doesn’t make mistakes … but the operator can. In my haste to adapt the new chocolate walnut zucchini recipe, I copied and pasted a blank recipe swapping in the new base ingredients. Where once there had been a need for cups of milk, the new recipe only needed tablespoons and I forgot to adjust that calculation. Oops. Instead of adding 6 tablespoons of milk, yeah… it wasn’t pretty. That day I tossed out a very watery batter for 8 dozen cupcakes. And said some choice words as I did so. Luckily, CropCircle Kitchen composts!
Now, whenever I’m adapting a new recipe in my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet, I take a minute to patiently double check the math by hand just to make sure. See kids, you do need math skills when you’re older even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it!