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Ginger microwave cake

While shopping at a small Asian market I came across this:

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Minute Ginger Cake! There was also Minute Vanilla cake, but I went with the ginger. It promised to cook in two minutes in the microwave. When I turned the package over, I saw that it was manufactured in Thailand. I also saw this:

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Hmm. It expired in March 2009. Risk food poisoning or make a two minute ginger cake? Best check the ingredients:

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I’d bet a couple of years in a Thai warehouse wouldn’t matter to any of this stuff, right? Why, after two years on the shelf those “edible fatty acids” might become “not just edible but actually delicious fatty acids,” like a steak after a good dry age.

So I brought the minute cake mix home and unwrapped it. Inside was a bag of hopefully edible powder and a sturdy plastic cup with fill lines written in every language of the developed world. Seriously, this plastic cup could give the Hartsfield-Jackson airport train a run for its dinero. See that language with all the umlauts? I’m guessing it’s Finnish. Finns seem to like vowels and umlauts better than anyone in the world. And I bet they wouldn’t say nöö to a nice warm, sliced of dry-aged ginger minute cake.

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You’re supposed to reach the black fill line with milk, the red with oil, and then you add the powder and an egg and give it a good stir.

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A cup of goop, waiting for its rays. Per the directions, you can add fresh fruit. Hmm…choices, choices…..

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Oh, why not. Might as well live large.

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I put it in the microwave for two minutes, and it seemed to take forever. Hurry up, Ginger Minute Cake!photo 3

It emerges looking like this:

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I upend it onto a plate, and then call the cat:

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Actually, I wait for it to cool before slicing it open:

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Well, it was very gingery and the raspberries did help. The texture was kind of dense, damp and spongy, like some kind of futon padding. I did go back for the fourth mini slice that all but finished one half, so I might give it ups for that “cake, any cake will do” mood. If I experience any ill effects, I’ll be sure to let you know.

25 comments Add your comment

Carla Roqs

June 27th, 2011
8:27 am

john, you will try anything. too funny of an article, LMCBO.

Angelia Michele

June 27th, 2011
8:48 am

Gross! I have no other words!

Reds

June 27th, 2011
8:52 am

Great article. I sometimes keep those betty crocker mini-cakes in the pantry for that kind of emergency. Best served with a little ice cream as well, otherwise, they’re mediocre at best.

Edward

June 27th, 2011
9:37 am

Somebody has been shopping in an Asian market ;-) This was a great article.

Kay Stephenson

June 27th, 2011
9:42 am

Laughing out loud with tears streaming down my face. Thanks for making my Monday.

Kar

June 27th, 2011
10:44 am

I suspect those are either for prison inmates who don’t have access to regular groceries or college students who have GOT to have cake at 2am in the morning when they have the munchies for some reason but access to an microwave, not an oven.

Baltisraul

June 27th, 2011
11:33 am

Reminds my of my dinning hall in college. Looks like a large sample of C-Rations or K-Rations. Those pictures make me wish for Army food!!!!! lol, great article!

Lucy

June 27th, 2011
11:53 am

I’ve tried a Japanese version of this a few times, Moko something or other. You use your own mug, but all you have to add is an egg. It actually turned out pretty well. Very springy in texture, but moist.

Carla Roqs

June 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

for the record, let’s not try anymore expired food products, okay?

Steve

June 27th, 2011
12:30 pm

It is pretty clear that the cake in the picture on the package did NOT come from a microwave.

James

June 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

“Hurry Up, Ginger Minute Cake!” – that line alone deserves a James Beard award

Just think how delicious it might’ve been back in 2009!

Jenny Turknett

June 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

“Hurry up, Ginger Minute Cake!” Hysterical. Thanks for a good laugh today (although I think I’ll skip the cake!).

Abby

June 27th, 2011
12:58 pm

Lesson Learn …. Always carefully when buying from international markets , 1/2 of the product don’t even have labeled and 1/2 of them with labled are expired.
We had bad experience with some mouth refreshing afetr mint which we got after having luch at indian resturant when open by my freinds it has become natural organic non veg fresh meal… i don’t want to describe…

Carla Roqs

June 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

ummm steve, it resembles my easy bake oven (closest thing to a microwave back then) cakes from the early 70’s- just thicker–why do you think it is oven baked? it truly looks like a cleaning sponge, though!! john, you were bored, werent you? too funny!!

Kar

June 27th, 2011
2:28 pm

BTW, do you really think that the cat should be eating expired things like that? Especially things that expired two years ago? Let alone you?

Ganners

June 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

I like the Guiltless Gourmet minute cakes. Ginger sounds nice.

Reds

June 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

Just for the record, I came back and read this twice today, and it made me smile almost as much as it did the first time I read it. :)

John Kessler

June 27th, 2011
5:03 pm

Thanks, reds (et al) :)

Colly

June 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Ha! That def made me laugh. Step-by-step pics were pretty funny. You’re braver than I…thought it looked like something the cat dragged in, or hacked up… I’ve had cats. I know. ;)

Lisa

June 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

I think if you put it between the cat and the dog, one of them would eat it just to spite the other. Too funny. But I think I would pass on that unless you put chocolate sauce (special dark) and Johnston Family 40% heavy cream and a cherry… They it would be delicious. The top part anyway.

LindaK

June 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

In all fairness to the cake, it actually says it’s “best by”, not actually expired. Not that really changes anything……

Judy

June 27th, 2011
9:04 pm

The picture looks like Spotted Dick from a can…

1164mgc

June 27th, 2011
9:22 pm

I wouldn’t eat it even if it hadn’t expired! I suppose it’s good you got the ginger, though, to counter any ill-effects on your stomach:-P

Lisa

June 28th, 2011
8:07 am

I’ve made quite delicious toffee pudding in the microwave in under 5 minutes.

Linda

June 29th, 2011
1:31 am

Look on the bright side. Ginger is really good for an upset stomach!