It had been a while since I made one, but I've used this recipe many times...
I even had a sous chef to help me pour it in the pan this time. But before he poured it in the pan...
ME: Do you know what I've learned now that I've gotten older and screw things up all the time?
ME: I go back and read the recipe and make sure I got all the ingredients in there BEFORE I pour it into the pan.
CAPTAIN: That's my girl. That's smart.
(I go read the recipe out-loud and we both agree that I put everything in.)
CAPTAIN: It looks a little full.
ME: Yes, it does. I don't remember it being so full before when I've made it. Hmm...
This is what it looked like when it came out of the oven.
CAPTAIN: It overflowed all over the oven too. (He had been the one to take it out.) Are you sure you didn't forget to add something? Did you use enough eggs?
ME: (In kind of a screechy, high-pitched voice) I double-checked the ingredients before we poured it into the pan! This has NEVER happened before! I've used this recipe a million times!
I remembered that I had originally gotten the recipe from allrecipes.com so we decided to go look at the comments and recipe reviews and see if anyone else's had flopped like this. We read several reviews, all stellar.
CAPTAIN: I think they're lying.
ME: Yes! They are lying! Let's look at some of their pictures and see what their cakes look like.
We looked through them and they were all high and beautiful cheesecakes.
CAPTAIN: Was your pan too small?
ME: (Screeching again) NO!! It's the same spring-form pan I always use!
We left it on the counter to cool and made comments about it all throughout the afternoon. I decided to go ahead and refrigerate it. It might still taste good even though it's really ugly.
At about 9:00 last night, we decided to give it a try. The Captain went in the kitchen to cut us both a piece, and not too long after I hear him say, "I KNOW WHAT'S WRONG! I KNOW WHY IT DIDN'T COOK RIGHT AND OVERFLOWED IN THE OVEN!"
(In my head I'm thinking, yeah right. He doesn't know anything about baking. I know the ingredients were right. I double-checked them, dammit!)
ME: What? What is it?
CAPTAIN: You used the wrong insert in your spring-form pan! You used the Bundt cake insert with the hole in the middle. Cheesecakes don't have a hole in the middle! You were supposed to use the one with just a solid bottom!
ME: OMG, you are right! Why did we not realize that ALL DAY? We even looked through all those pictures and didn't realize that none of them had a hole in the middle and mine did!
Of course there isn't a hole in the middle of a cheesecake! DUH.
It still tasted good.