Not only is it the fabulous Gidgie's birthday this weekend, but we are also excited to head to Sacramento on Saturday to celebrate my grandma's 91st, and my little cousin Donovan's 2nd! In fact, it's a weekend full of celebrations as we toast to my cousin and his new fiancee, too. In honor of the eldest celebrant, I decided to bake her the cake that she has been coveting for a while now:
A while back, she was reading the Sacramento Bee and came across a recipe for a "Chocolate Tomato Cake." Not one to shy away from bizarre foods, she clipped it and stuck it in her recipe box. So when Mom and I paid her a visit back in June, I dug it up while elbow deep in her many delicious recipes. She told me: "I don't know. I just saw it, and it sounded like something I'd want to eat." Now I know that I come by it honestly.
It's quite simple: mix up a box of dry chocolate cake mix, a teaspoon of baking soda, one can of undiluted condensed tomato soup, and two eggs. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes, and frost with your choice of icing (Betty Crocker filled in here for homemade frosting). Not sure how everyone else will like it, but I'm sure Grandma and I will enjoy it!
We celebrated kaeru's birthday at the office today, and since her nickname means "frog" in Japanese, we went all out with the frog theme. And here I was thinking my days of marzipan artwork were over. Luckily, Sabs made the "ponds" and "lilypads" which actually made these cute. Otherwise, I would have continued to have dreams about frog heads staring at me from a plate...
The clutter I can deal with. The pink I can deal with. The Stanfurd
Rules??? Too much.