My youngest sister is famous for her Strawberry Cake. In the spring of the year, we are often treated to this wonderful dessert when at her house.
This Sunday, I have dinner guests coming and this being strawberry season, I emailed 'Sis' to get her recipe. It is this one.
Recipe in hand I headed to the grocery store. Cake mix - only a bit of a language problem. Does 520grams equal 18 1/4 ounces? Close enough I thought.
The second ingredient gave me more of an issue. The recipe calls for - or I thought it did - a 3 oz package of sugar-free strawberry gelatin.
At my small, rural, grocery store, there was one variety only of sugar-free gelatin. It came in a 10 gram package. Rural folks are not big on sugar-free.
I dug deep to find my grade school math and came up with
3 ounces is almost 4 ounces.
4 ounces is 1/4 of 16 ounces.
16 ounces is one pound.
One pound equals 454 grams -one of the few bilingual measurements I know.
So the recipe is looking for a sugar-free gelatin mix of about 112 grams. That's a far cry from the 10g package on the shelf.
The closest I could get was regular gelatin in an 85gram package, sugar and all. 85 is closer to 112 and so it would have to do. Home I came to bake the cake. Cake baked and cooling, it occurred to me that it was a bit of a funny story and might make an interesting blog post.
Recipe in hand I sat down to type. What did I see? A dot. A decimal. A period. Call it what you will, it was sitting smartly in front of the three. The recipe calls not for a three ounce package, but a 'point' three ounce package. What would you like to bet that is close to ten grams?
I intend to smother it in fresh berries. That should cover my foreign language, poor eyesight cake issues.