I have been a guest at several dinner parties where the dessert was very delicious. I have also attended many parties where the dessert was just plain terrible.
It is really disappointing to get all the way through dinner, and not be able to enjoy the dessert. I mean let’s be honest, most of us are thinking about dessert while we are eating dinner. I have suffered through dry roast beef and undercooked turkey, because I was told that there would be homemade strawberry shortcake or sweet potato pie for dessert. Unfortunately these homemade desserts ended up tasting just as bad (or worse) as the main course. I am sure many people have their own personal stories about bad desserts, below are a few of mine.
My first dessert horror story happened three years ago at an office lunch party. The company office manager coordinated the party, and she was also responsible for all the desserts. The week leading up to the party, she sent out numerous emails about the homemade desserts she would be making. Her dessert list included two of my favorites, three layer chocolate cake and key lime pie. This made me even more excited about the upcoming lunch party.
On the day of the party I cut a large slice of cake and took it back to my office so I could eat it in private. I closed the office door, sat at my desk and dug in. The slice of cake looked so good, but it tasted so terrible. The cake was very dry, and the frosting had no flavor. I cannot figure out how anyone can make a tasteless dry chocolate cake. Instead of tasting like a traditional chocolate cake, it tasted more like chocolate flavored cornbread. I am so glad that I ate this cake behind closed doors in my office, so no one could see the faces I made.
The next terrible dessert I had was at a housewarming party. A former co-worker of mine moved into a new house, and their mother hosted a party to celebrate. The party was in December, and fruit cake was one of the desserts. I don’t normally like fruit cake, but I was told that this was a “special” fruit cake recipe. I would find out later just how special it was. Most of the fruit cakes I ever had were shaped liked a pound cake, but this one had four layers. Between each layer there was a thin layer of grape preserves. Did I mention that the cake itself had ground beef in it? In my opinion regular fruit cake does not taste that great and adding ground beef sure doesn’t make it taste any better. This is by far the worst dessert I have ever had.