Well, I cheat. I still use the box mixes I love from America. I always bring a couple with me when I've visited the US. They are just so good. And I don't know what it is, but the flour or the sugar or something here is different - the homemade cakes here just aren't the same as at home!
So today I decided to make a yummy cake for our Staff Meeting. I had forgotten that I had had to buy a new hand mixer because my last one broke the first time I used it - the ejector button pushed all the way into the handle and that caused the speed indicator to stick and that was the end of that! (that was my second mixer by the way, my first one had broken too. when the second one broke, I asked around to see if I could borrow one from anyone and every person who had one - you guessed it, broken! but I digress.)
So I plugged it in, stuck it in the batter, turned it on and - nothing. No power. So I shut it off and went outside to look and see if everyone was without power or just us (sometimes we or the dorm next door does something that trips the breaker and only affects us two dorms). I couldn't really tell as it wasn't dark enough for lights so I was heading back to my door when the power came back on - yay! EXCEPT, not yay, I quickly discovered that what I thought was the off position on my new mixer was really the highest setting so I walked in to the mixer whirring away and chocolate cake batter everywhere!
I decided to laugh thankfully and not cry. I also decided to scrape that batter off every half-sanitary surface and make that cake. Hey, it's from America! I can't waste it! (and I did not consider the floor even close to being half-sanitary so what
landed there did not make it into the cake!)