$1.99 at the thrift shop. Never needed one before, but now I think “How Brilliant!” And it is brilliant, all shiny and bright. That took some doing on my part. But thrift shop shoppers can’t be choosers.
I can see myself carrying cakes all over town in this beauty. I’ll be the woman who brings her signature beautiful, delicious cakes to everyone’s houses…. OK, waking up now.
(p.s. sometimes I feel very old fashioned baking cakes and putting them in my cake carrier ….. but I think old fashioned girls iron tablecloths)
No, this isn’t the Twilight Cake.
But, as anyone who has a daughter of a certain age probably knows, the Twilight DVD was released this weekend. That was cause for much celebration in my house, so I baked a little Devil’s Food Cake and put a “t” on it.
I turned to my mom’s old Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book, where I found not one, but three Devil’s Food recipes. I went for the darkest, which seemed appropriate. (And before any Twilight fanatics jump all over me, I know the Cullens are not Devils. But I’ve never heard of a Vampire Food Cake, so chillax.)
A few Devil’s Food Cake notes: I frosted it with Buttercream, colored black. Much tastier than the fondant for the real Twilight Cake, even though the fondant was good. Also, at Betty Crocker’s suggestion, instead of flouring the pan, I “cocoaed” the pan after buttering it so the cake would remain dark. Worked like a charm.
Speaking of the Twilight DVD, my own little Twilight fan watched the movie three times Saturday. I watched it once. It wasn’t half bad. It was better than Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The actors spent most of the movie speaking in near monotones, which I assume had some dramatic purpose but nearly put me to sleep. (OK, I think it did put me to sleep, but I was really tired from baking the cake.)
Today we still had leftover Cake, and I introduced the girl to the delicious practice of mixing Devil’s Food Cake and vanilla ice cream on your fork. She approved. Speaking of cultural icons that will outlast all the Twilight vampires – you can see Betty and Archie in the background. Betty and Veronica are still best friends battling it out for Archie’s affections (why? I did not understand Archie’s appeal 30 years ago and I still don’t), but now they have cell phones. Harriet and I have a fish named Betty and a dog named Veronica, not that we’re fans. Naturally, she has an aquarium in her room with fish named after every major character in Twilight.
Lest anyone think we had a couch potato weekend of cake, comic books and repeated viewings of Twilight, my girl used the first decent weekend in months to repeatedly hit the road on her new bicycle. So only one of us was a couch potato.
Thanksgiving isn’t too, too far away, and Harriet and I are already planning our menu. Not that we get very edgy on Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes – the remaining vegetable is the only place where a little creativity might come into play.
But maybe not. We’ve never taken much time on Thanksgiving dessert. Mostly because (as I’ve mentioned) I don’t bake. But now I bake. I’m divorced. I have a new life. Some traditions, like turkey on Thanksgiving, are made to be carried on. Some, like thinking I’m not a baker? They are made to be broken.
Our traditional Thanksgiving dinner is time and oven-space consuming, even if it’s easy. But today, Florence Fabricant has a piece in the New York Times on baking and freezing ahead for Thanksgiving. (Pumpkin Pie, is out, but that’s OK, because the photo of the pumpkin chocolate layer cake had me salivating.)
And the Biscuits with Cranberry Butter are on my To Do List. So watch me break some Thanksgiving traditions in the kitchen – they’re worth busting.
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