While the rest of you were piling your shopping carts high with 5-pound bags of russet potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin puree and frozen turkeys, I was buying butter, cake flour, frosting and edible glitter to make a birthday cake. I know, the cake doesn't look all that appetizing and the amateur photography doesn't help, but to a 5-year-old boy who was smeared with flour and blue frosting yesterday, it was an applause-worthy cake.
to make a 9 x 13-inch cake that we cut in 3 long strips. I laid 2 end to end, then formed pieces of the 3rd strip into the handle. Then I tinted some purchased frosting blue and covered the cake with a primer layer, to help contain the crumbs. After an hour to set the frosting, the newly-5-year-old and I frosted and decorated. It was a lot of fun.
We ordered pizza for the party, and I assembled a salad and fruit with chocolate sauce. After cutting up some fruit this was easy: I put 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwaved in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until the chips were starting to melt. Stirred in 2 tablespoons corn syrup and left at room temperature.
These are good party dishes:
— Kim Walker