Most of our celebrating involved food because, well, we love it. And generally when it comes to food we do pretty well. I have no idea what happened this weekend, but most of the treats I promised him went up in flames. Almost literally. In one instance, I left the broiler on too long and... um... scorched the food beyond recognition. This is not my first instance of charring with the broiler. Once I had a couple of friends over for dinner, forgot that I was broiling garlic cheesy bread and by the time I remembered, it was on fire. Heh. Sooo... we decided that I'm banned from using that feature on our oven.
The cake was another story. John and I love the princess cakes at Ikea, they're light and insanely delicious. They feature layers of cream and jam as well as an outer dome of marzipan. Ah, heaven. While I could eat marzipan by the pound, John can only handle little doses. Based on that, I decided to make our own version that featured marzipan as a layer in the middle rather than entirely encompassing the cake. I also wanted to make it dairy-free, due to my allergy, by testing out the COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM I've seen a million times on Pinterest. Apparently you're *never, ever* supposed to use Light/Lite. Just full fat. So... it didn't work and we couldn't top the cake. Boo. The rest was awesome though and I still want to share the recipe with you, just in case you're dairy-free and also love those little cakes from Ikea.
Sponge cake OR white cake mix. My friend who is a brilliant baker of cakes maintains that boxed white cake mix is fab and the *only* cake mix that should ever be purchased.
Marzipan loaf or can (6 ounces is enough for a middle layer)
Marshmallow fluff (purchased or DIY)
A can of coconut milk, full fat
Sugar, if desired, for the coconut whipped cream
Once they have cooled completely, take out the first layer, topping it with your marzipan circle, and give it some preserve action. I wish I had used more than we did. Next, put on a layer of marshmallow fluff.
This week has lots of fun in store! John is going to write a guest post and I have a really fun budget DIY to show you as well. If you're off today, enjoy! I'll leave you with one of my favorite MLK quotes, "