I had been meaning for a while to bake something and bring it over to one of my frequent Shabbos haunts. This Sunday I decided to just grab the bull by the horns and make the time to do so.
I figured a cake was more presentable as a gift than cookies, so I quickly baked one of my vegan marble cakes. I was short on time though, and when I grabbed the cake to deliver it on foot to its destination, it was still literally scalding to the touch. Suffice it to say that by the time I arrived at my friend's house 10 minutes later, it was a sad sight indeed. The cake had deflated and caved in on itself; It had literally melted in the summer heat.
I was positively mortified. My baking skills have always been my ego safety net. Sure, I may suck at everything else, but I can bake! So when I looked at that cake, I just didn't know what to do. And I mentally castigated myself for not keeping to a more tried and true format, like cookies. I mean, cookies you can't mess up, and they transport well. What had I been thinking?
I called my friend later in the evening and apologized. I promised to bake something else if it wound up being unpalatable. She told me she was sure it was edible and told me that she planned to have it the next morning for breakfast (she was fleischig, and my oven is dairy). Unconvinced, I called her yesterday to see if she needed me to bake anything else. NO ANSWER, and she generally returns calls promptly.
I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Let it go and bow my head in shame? Bake something else and drop it off? HELP!!! One thing is for sure: if ever there was a case of haste makes waste, this is it. :(