Up until now, this cake was fool-proof . Mix and bake in the same pan. No mixer needed.
I made the cake with a minor variation I had done several times in the past ... I lined the pan with aluminum foil so that I could pop out the cake and travel with it. In this case, it was heading to my mother-in-law for her birthday.
Hmmm ... cracked a little, but that's no biggie. Except when I pulled on the foil, the foil ripped and the cake broke into massive chunks. Apparently, when I whisked the batter, I must have cut the foil a bit (and when I say "a bit" I mean "a lot"). Batter oozed under the foil, where it burnt and melded with said foil. Despite soaking the corning dish for several hours, I still had to chisel out the remaining foil shreds.
I have since added a note onto the recipe that says, even if foil is used, lightly grease the pan as well as the foil to prevent future mishaps.
Much as I wanted to reproduce the meltdown exhibited by Julie (in Julie and Julia), I couldn't see my self lying down on the floor. Have you seen my kitchen floor? Blech!!!!
So instead I pretended to act a little more maturely, and remade the cake, using another cake pan (the other one was still in the act of soaking).
A little dusting with powdered sugar, and then off to grandmother's house we went!