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A shower of babies March 13, 2006

Posted by merp in Champaign-Urbana, Crafts, Food.

My big project for this weekend was to co-host a triple baby shower for 3 couples in our dept. We did it at the Anita Purves Nature Center–a homey, friendly facility of the Urbana Park District, with a view(!). Leah & I made this cake:

The recipe was Joy of Cooking‘s buttermilk layer cake–amazing! The batter was the best batter we’d ever licked. Didn’t want to put it in the oven. But when baked, it didn’t puff up as much on the top as a cake mix does, so cools faster, and easier to layer or manipulate or whatever. How did cake mixes every become popular? Saves you maybe 5-10 minutes off of making one from scratch, with the bonus prizes: preservatives, artificial flavors, trans-fats. And homemade cakes (potentially) taste better and can be tailored to the situation. I just don’t get it.

Anyhow, we frosted it with whipped cream, of course. Family tradition. Green food coloring (seasonal, yeah?)

Also made up these baby books for people to sign, with pictures of each baby (or fetus) on the cover–I photoshopped them up a bit.




1. Rebecca - March 20, 2006

Very cute cake! I like the cookie ear, the gummy worm tail, and the green whipped cream is cute.

I also agree about the cake mix thing. If I am going to go to the trouble to bake a cake, I want it to be really good. Cake mix is not the same.

I have baked a few cakes here, though the high altitude in Boulder is a challenge. I’ve had sucess with a book called Pie in the Sky, by Susan Purdy. She tested the recipes in many locations.

It has recipes for all altitudes in a grid format, so we can still use it even if we are at sea level. Many of my tried and true recipes are complete flops here! I still need to work on the challah recipe, though it is just easier to buy it in Denver at the East Side Kosher Deli and freeze it.

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