Turning Failure Into Success

by Maggie on January 2, 2010

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Happy New Year lovely readers of mine.

This year promises to be a good one for the She Let Them Eat Cake family.  I am excited about so many things (including Pete’s book launch March 2nd!).

As some of you may know, I’ve been selling my goodies at Nata’s Café in downtown Peterborough.  I just dropped off their second order!  What a great way to start the new year.

On New Year’s Eve I was chatting with my girl Yellie and she asked me the million dollar question, “So how can you afford the baking mishaps that must occur in your kitchen?”  Sigh.  Yes, I make mistakes, especially when working without eggs, butter, wheat, and all of those ‘normal’ ingredients.  It’s almost inevitable.

Today saw another major mishap.  THREE failed cakes.  THREE.  Each failed cake contained the oh-so expensive coconut oil.  Ugh.

So I was totally bummed.  These ingredients are not cheap.  Not.  At.  All.  The lovely Pete employed his usual tactics to talk me out of my funk.  “Put your hand up in the air and point your finger at the sky Mags.  Now who’s number one?  Who started a blog in 2009?  Who got their baked goods into a café in 2009?  Who’s number one?”

Works every time – that hand up in the air bit.  Try it yourself.  Walk around for a minute with your hand good and high.  You are number one!  Hopefully the neighbours won’t see you.  What would they think?

After my little rock star moment I headed back into the kitchen, looked at those three cakes and said, “Fine, if you’re not going to be cakes, you’re going to be bread pudding gosh darn it!”  Because really you can’t throw that amount of baked almost-yumminess in the garbage.  You MUST find a way to turn the failure into a success.  A couple of weeks ago my friend gave me his recipe for bread pudding and this is the perfect opportunity to try it.

So if you have any failures throw them in the freezer and think about reinventing them.  What else could you use them for?  Bread crumbs?  A cookie base? An ice cream topping?  The ideas are endless.

Running a business is all about finding opportunities.  And I’m running a business (wait, I am?).

P.S.  A few weeks ago I made some cookies that were gluten-free and vegan.  They were a test batch for the café.  They failed the test.  But you know what?  I used those for my Ooey Gooey Bars.  They made a GREAT cookie crumb base.