Have you ever taken items from your personal kitchen on vacation with you? Last week I took my Bundt pan on my vacation and here is my story:
My extended family headed to a lovely resort in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota for a week of swimming, fishing, golfing and relaxing as we do every year. But this year, we’d be also celebrating my mother’s 65th birthday.
Even though the resort has a fully stocked kitchen, I knew I wouldn’t have the tools and pans I wanted to make a great cake. Not to mention that I didn’t want spend the whole day inside baking and decorating a cake when I was near a beautiful lake on a hot summer day.
So I took my Bundt pan on vacation. And I ran into a few challenges!
Challenge #1 – The cabin didn’t have a mixer. Not even an old-school, rotary hand beater.
So I began to mix by hand. With a fork. Five minutes later, with a very sore arm, someone gave me the bright idea to try mixing in the VitaMix (yes, I brought that on vacation too). Bad idea. After scraping the lumpy batter in, it was too thick to run. So I had to scrap it all back out and keep mixing by hand.
Still a bit lumpy, I loaded the batter in the pan and baked it up.
Challenge #2 – I must have forgotten to buy an extra lemon for the glaze (or more likely – someone used it in their cocktails!). So I used lime.
Challenge #3 – No cake platter or large plates. I improvised with the plastic lid from large bowl.
Despite the challenges of working in the cabin kitchen, this stunning cake was easy and impressive with a simple glaze. Exactly as the invention of the Bundt pan was designed – to make a beautiful cake with ease. Including on vacation.
Have you ever taken items from your personal kitchen on vacation with you? What fun challenges and creative solutions did you try?