“Failure is just part of the process, and it’s not just okay; it’s better than okay." - Bob Goff. I'm thankful for the reassurance that my cooking failures aren't a three-strikes-and-you’re-out sort of thing. Sometimes I need that gentle reminder to dust myself off so I can swing for the fences again. And the only person keeping meticulous records of my screw-ups - is me. 😅
You see where I'm going with this don't you? As soon as I start to gain some confidence in my baking skills - I have a REALLY off day and I manage to screw up the same recipe 4 times!! No joke! Allow me to break down my Chevron Cake Roll experience for you.
Attempt #1: I forgot to grease the parchment paper and the cake stuck to the pan.
Attempt #2: I greased the parchment but forgot to add flour to the cake. 🤦🏻♀️ Attempt #3: I forgot to add sugar to the egg whites.
Attempt #4: I rolled the cake inside out so the chevron detail that I so painstakingly added to my cake, wasn't even visible.
Yep, baking professional right here. 😅 I will spare you the details about why I failed at this recipe so many times, but you should know that on more than one occasion during this Chevron cake journey, I considered scraping the entire thing, cutting my losses and just serving a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. Fortunately, there was a small part of me that had to see this process through, just to prove to myself that I could actually do it. #stubbornnessatitsfinest 😂
So after many (5 total) attempts, here is my Chevron cake roll recipe. The pictures were taken from all 4 practice runs so just ignore any inconsistencies in the photographs. Just remember that they're a compilation of all of my trials. At the end of the day - I'm glad that my stick-to-it-ness took over my desire to give up on this recipe. It really was worth all the effort. 🍓
Strawberry Chevron Cake Roll
4 egg whites
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup flour
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
3/4 cup fresh strawberries (quartered)
Reroll cake and slice. (Preferably, not inside out.)
Slice and enjoy. 🍓
Don't let my failed attempts at this cake roll discourage you from making it. I'm pretty sure that I screwed up this recipe in every way possible. I did my best to document each of my failures for you though so that you don't make the same mistakes. And I can tell you from experience that even if you're cake doesn't look exactly like mine - as long as you add flour and sugar - it will still taste amazing. 💕
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