Here's my story - I cook relatively often but rarely from scratch so I decided to make a nice simple pound cake from scratch. (No boxed mix) I went online and found a simple recipe for a cream cheese pound cake. OK. Here we go: It called for cake flour. I did have some but it was from an old box that was well over a year old. Can cake flour go bad? I was using butter from Target. (I know. I know. It's a long story). But it was within it's exp. date and smelled and tasted fine. It called for vanilla and almond extract. I used my homemade vanilla extract for the first time but it tasted a little weak so I added a little extra but only a tsp. Not enough to hurt a cake. (I'm hoping.) I put it in the oven and it rose beautifully. After the correct baking time I checked it with a toothpick. It came out a little too moist so I gave it another 5 minutes. I let it cool for an hour, turned the non-stick Bundt pan over and it came out still looking fantastic. I was SO proud! After another hour I decided to try a slice. So I sliced through it but the slice was odd looking. It's hard to describe but here it goes. It's like any oil formed visible clumps and went to the center of the cake. But at the same time the whole thing was dry! But not neccesarily over cooked. Actually the taste was not bad but the texture was SO WRONG that it cancelled out any enjoyment you might receive from having a slice. We forced ourselves to eat about a quarter of the thing so as not to be completely wasteful, declared it a complete failure and tossed it in the trash. And I hung my head in shame.
WHAT DID I DO WRONG?!