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Joyeux Anniversaire!

This past week happened to be the Birthday Week of dearest Smidget!

As part of her array of gifts, she was given a classic dessert for her birthday cake as made by Kiwi. Now, I’m not gonna give you the recipe for one simple reason: you should already have it.

Yell and scream all you want. Cry and kick, just please don’t hit the knees, but I’m sure if you go to your cookbook collection you will find that you have the necessary book to make this cake. And if you don’t, get it. Now.

Which classic culinary catalogue did this cake come from? Why, only one of the greatest cookbooks in the world! The one I was able to give to myself as a birthday present! The one that changed the way American women cooked! That’s right: Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck and Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking!

See? Ya have it, don’t cha?

The cake is Reine de Saba avec Glaçage au Chocola, or for those non-French speakers like me, Chocolate and Almond Cake with Chocolate Icing. I will admit, I used the recipe for the cake, but then made up my own Chocolate Buttercream because I wasn’t energized enough to make Julia’s version. Plus I was getting ready to go to the amazing Sullivan’s Steakhouse with my parents for birthday dinner. Best steak ever. 14 oz, dry aged, New York Strip. With a Roasted Red Pepper Truffle butter. I died.

But I had to come back to life for this:

In case you are thinking to yourself “Scruffs (cause, of course, you call yourself Scruffs), I daresay, I do believe I recognize that delectable delicacy” why then you’d be right! If you recall from that delightful movie Julie and Julia, at one point towards the end both of the ladies are making cakes. They show Julia frosting one and then go back to see what’s going on with Julie. Well, Julie brings out the cake to her husband, begins to slice it, and while she gets her cake server he takes his fork and just digs right in. They end up smearing it all over each other.

This is that cake.  Although that did not happen. Proof, you cry? Here. But if I don’t show up tomorrow morning, you’ll know why. Aka, Smidget will have killed me. And I don’t have a cake to come back to life for this time.

So there you have it. A great cake, for a great Smidget!

And it tasted pretty darn good too!

Also, among the other gifts Smidget got was a small canning pot. Ya know, to can things in. So that should be happening soon, which I believe will prompt this conversation in our house:

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Gaming Goodies…

This past week a good friend of mine decided what better way to ring in the new school year, and reduce some of the stress these first few weeks have caused, then by  getting together a bunch of friends and killing some zombies? Via Xbox of course.

So he got everything together and mentioned to me that on such and such a day, aka last Wednesday, our friends were going be coming over and playing some Left 4 Dead. My first thought? Zombie Cupcakes. And thus, these were born.

Now these aren’t your ordinary everyday cupcakes. Aside from the chocolate ones. Those are just chocolate with chocolate frosting. Plus some crumbled chocolate graham crackers on top and the fantastic cupcake toppers I found at Bake it Pretty.

But those yellow cakes with the green slime frosting? Guess what they are.

Mountain Dew Cupcakes.

That’s right, cupcakes made with Mountain Dew soda, perfect for any gamer. Plus thanks to Halloween being right around the corner, I was able to find these fantastic body part gummies which included a few brains.

Wanna know how to make them? Simple. Box mix of yellow cake (DON’T make the cake according to box directions, no eggs, no oil, no water, trust me on this, I tried, too much liquid) and a 12 oz can of Mountain Dew. Stir. Put in wrappers in cupcake pan. Bake until done (about 15-20 min).

The frosting was just as simple, although I followed the recipe I found just to be safe:

Mountain Dew Frosting:
2 sticks butter, softened
2/3 cup Mountain Dew
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
7 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer, the combine softened butter, Mountain Dew, and extracts. Beat on medium low-speed until well blended. Add powdered sugar and beat on low-speed until combined. Increase speed to medium high and beat for about 2 minutes. If frosting is not thick enough, add powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.

Using gel food coloring, color half the frosting yellow and half green. Place in a piping bag side by side and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

* Taken/Adapted from Confessions of  a Cookbook Queen

The frosting I ended up having was A: Super sweet and B: a little less stiff because it was so sweet and in order to thicken it, it needs more sugar. But it’s perfect, looks a bit like slime!

They were a hit! I’ve told my friend many more zombie gaming parties need to happen so I can make even more fantastic zombie related desserts. But until then, time to drink the rest of the Mountain Dew that’s in my fridge, it should help me stay up and write those papers that are due.