Posts Tagged Baking

Official Dinner Invitation Plus Dessert Menu

I’m still working diligently on putting together all the menus but I wanted to pause to give the official invite list. These are the people who I consider friends and attended the 2010 dinner or have frequented this blog and commented in the last six months of last year and did not request to have their names removed from the invite list. If your name is here and you don’t want it, let me know. If it is not here and you would like to feast with us, let me know that too. Let Tom know. Sorry if I don’t know your last name.

Dinner Party Invitation

Yuuki Chan, Judy Santiago, Blaga Todorova, Brittany, Mariana, TheRealSharon, Rose Reynolds, Cherlyn Cochrane, Mai Mergili, Michelle Teoh
Chris Ferrell, Te’Kia Miller, Paul Orr, Iron Cook Carl, TemptingSweets, Noeleen, Addielicious, Deborah Bryan, Ev, Sylvia Garza, Prinsesa Musang
AnonymousBurn, Isadora De La Vega, Janie Blim, Lisa, Kat, Melinda, Giovanna, Chris King, Jia Xin, Seth Winternight, SeeNote
Kara, David (1MereMortal), Kim Koning, Irish Precious, Ina, Ruth Ligget

So I’ve been working on the menus and decided that since cupcakes are so popular or en vogue, I would just make several varieties and let the last course be buffet style. You can have as few or as many as you like. I’ve been practicing with my decorating skills! Here are four of your dessert choices. Cookies and cream, Vanilla with Strawberry Preserves topped with Vanilla Strawberry Buttercream, Chocolate Caramel Cupcake topped with Vanilla Buttercream, Caramel Drizzle and Pomegranate Seeds. I hope this whets your appetite and you are still looking forward to dinner.

Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Chocolate Caramel and Lemon Cupcake with Lemon Curd Topping
Images courtesy of Diary of A Mad Hausfrau

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If I Knew You Were Coming…

If I knew you were coming I would have baked a cake. Actually I did, but you have yet to show up to get a piece. Maybe you’re too far away or maybe you didn’t get my invite. No that’s not the case because you’re here. Hey, this is Tom’s fiance’ April and I wanted to share a favorite cake recipe that my grandmother gave me.

marblecakeMarble Cake

3 sticks butter room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 large eggs room temperature
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
4 oz. Ghiradelli dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar till mixture is fully incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time at 30 minute intervals. Add the almond extract and mix again. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and let cool.

Add the yogurt and milk and incorporate in mixture. Then in thirds add the dry ingredients on low speed making sure the ingredients are competely mixed before adding another third. Fill your cake pan with half the mix. After the chocolate has been cooled add to remaining batter. Combine until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the chocolate batter in crazy loops but not too much. Bake between 45-60 minutes depending on how your oven’s temperature fluctuates. Use a toothpick to test cake after 40 minutes. When toothpick comes out clean, it is done. Cool for an hour and frost with your favorite homemade frosting. Don’t make a homemade cake and ruin it with store bought frosting.

FYI:

My November 30, 2009 post will have sexually oriented material much like the first three posts on the blog. By request of the many visitors to those three posts, I am submitting real life stories of my teenage life. If this type of material offends, I admonish you to ignore the 11-30 post. Thank you.

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