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Seattle preview!

We just got back from Seattle, and boy did we eat a lot! Once we finish digesting we’ll put up a proper post. We ate smørkage, drank cupcake coffee, and even met Cakespy!

ponies and robots and cupcakes, oh my!

More to come!

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WELCOME TO GOOD BURGER

Like most people, I suffer from a disease called ‘nostalgia’.

I have a pretty bad case of it. It’s why my friends and I went out and bought the new My Little Ponies after they released them a few years ago. It’s why I own DVD sets of  The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s why  I recreated a cake from when I was in second grade.

EAT IT BEFORE IT EATS YOU!

This, my friends, is the Burger Cake. My mom must have found the recipe from a Woman’s Day mag, because when I used the magical power of teh Googs©, that’s what came up. And so, for my sister’s 20th birthday, I got to work.

The recipe isn’t hard–in the spirit of my mom’s original cake, we went with box mixes for everything. You do have to pull a few Macguyvers in the kitchen and do things you normally wouldn’t–like baking part of the cake in an oven-safe bowl for the burger top, or voluntarily consuming Airheads  (I do not recommend this).

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

The ‘meat’ patty is frosted chocolate cake that’s covered in crushed chocolate cookies (or in this case, chocolate Teddy Grahams–because the idea of a bear burger is even BETTER). Bottom bun is half the poundcake plus red frosting ‘ketchup’. NOTE: IT IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO GET FOOD COLORING TO REPRESENT BUN COLORS, IT TOOK US FOREVER.

MMM BACON

All I’m saying–AIRHEADS. THEY’RE OUTTA CONTROL!!!

you say tomayto, i say tomahto

Okay, so the ‘red frosted sugar cookie’ tomatoes were less successful. BUT TASTY.

so spooky

Et voilà! Our finished burger cake was EVEN BETTER than that Woman’s Day one! Except that it sorta looks like it’s pleading with you not to eat it. Well sir, we’ll show you!

EAT IT EAT IT

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL WAS PLEASED. Except the cake apparently was too exciting to eat, and it sat around in her apartment as a show-and-tell for a week. Oh well, I made it for myself this past birthday and cake+airheads isn’t the best combo, so I don’t blame her.

where teddy grahams go to die

BONUS! One of our failbatches of bun-colored frosting turned gray, and so with the leftover cake and stuff we made TEDDY GRAHAM VOLCANO DIORAMAS involving BEAR SACRIFICES. Unlike the cake, this was pretty tasty!

And now I’ll leave you with another bit of nostalgia, the intro to Nickelodeon’s Good Burger movie (which is totally awesome, shut up haters!):

aaaand here’s the recipe, if you’re so inclined (and we just used Airheads for all the fixings, though back in the day my mom used the recommended spice drops).

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The Nicholas Cage Belated Birthday Cake

So.

I have a slight problem–I am fascinated by Nic Cage and his ‘acting’. I find it endlessly entertaining, even while sober.

One of my 2011 Resolutions was to attempt to watch all of his movies. We’ll see if I can pull this off.

It was his birthday on January 7th. On January 8th, my partner-in-crime came over and we baked a cake.

Not just any cake, mind you.

We started off with a layer of flourless chocolate on the bottom, and chocolate sponge cake on the top. Sandwich between them you can see chocolate hazelnut mousse and raspberry preserves.

I can't believe I ate the whole thing! Or most of it, anyway.

We covered it in chocolate ganache, with as much reverence as you can muster when you think about movies like “The Rock” and “Wicker Man”.

nutella fluffernutter

The hazelnut mousse was so good that we decided to go ahead and smother the thing in another layer.

FEEL THE MARZIPAIN

The best way to improve on a good thing is to cover it in marzipan, so that’s what Kat and I did. Then we hastily scrawled Nic Cage’s name on top, added a candle, and honored the man by digging in.

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