My dear, dear sister Bee. She turned 21 this weekend, and due to the planning of her lovely roommate Kandy, all four sisters (and many friends) were gathered together for one night of joyous dancing, drinking and revelry. The theme was green; my cake-making hands were eager. The results, though at first hopelessly ugly, turned into at least a somewhat enticing mess.
Bee is the type of girl you always want to surprise, and this is the second such party we've thrown for her over the years. In one bowl, I mixed:
1 c. sugar
Almost 1 c. flour
3/8 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. boiling water
And baked it for about 1/2 hour.
Bean contributed a frosting heart to the quickly accumulating counter mess.
In an attempt to rectify all of my past cake-making experiences, I greasedand floured the pan....but half of the thing remained in there when I tried for the release. The precarious confection, held together by frosting (confectioner's sugar + milk + an extremely strong dose of food coloring), looked as if someone that crawled out of a nuclear swamp. Luckily the ever-ready supply of house chocolate allowed for a topping of powdered sugar, dark chocolate bits, and a Stracciatella truffle.
And its slightly strange taste was made up for by a weekend of sisterly reunion, and faces forever emanating joy!