Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Perfect Party Cake

If you need a bunny-soft white party cake, which we all do from time to time, then look no further. And welcome to Tuesdays with Dorie, by the way, the day in which hundreds of blogging bakers re-create a predetermined recipe from the inimitable Dorie Greespan. I baked this one up for my dear little niece Annabelle on her fourth birthday, the day before we left for Nantucket. It was a little wonky and the craftsmanship was a bit shoddy, but dare I say it was delicious? The charges can take some of the credit (and part of the shame too) for our decoration job. And little four year old girls do not necessarily notice sliding towers, crooked marshmallow gargoyles or failing butresses. Thank heavens for little girls. Click here for the recipe.

My mind is still on Nantucket, especially as I look down at my Nantucket surf bracelet. It's basically a coil of white rope, twisted and braided in a complicated procedure that reminds me a little too much of algebra. Our resident bracelet expert is the Quiet Man's father, perhaps the gentlest human being on earth. Every other year, during our family reunions, "Opa" can be found weaving coils and coils of rope so that each and every one of us can have a new surf bracelet. Apparently this procedure is exhausting. Sorry to wear you out Opa, but I'm definitely going to want a new surf bracelet next time. Hang in there.
Here's a few pics of our visits to Sankaty and Brant Point lighthouses. Just us.... Some of the boy cousins...Boy in flight....Sailor and her cousin, hands linked....I'll be back tomorrow with my Fourth of July menu. And also, I'm working like mad to create the perfect pound cake. Making progress, but I'm not satisfied enough to post my recipe.
UP Next:
Fourth of July Menu
Catalina Island Cheeseburgers
Blackened Corn Potato Salad

25 comments:

wileyfamilyof5 said...

Have you tried the barefoot contessa recipe for pound cake it is fantastic I think Paula Dean has one also, on the food network website. I'm glad you had a fun trip.

Prudy said...

WileyFamily:
I tried the Paula Dean recipe; it was yummy. I'll try the contessa's next. Thanks for the tip!

Marjie said...

Good lord, look at that tan!

Little girls just love pink and cute. The great thing about kids is that they're not stuck on how perfect something is. Lucky you, family reunion in Nantucket.

The Renouf Family said...

Oh everyone looks so cute and East-y. You (and Quiet Man) and the kids look beautiful--like you stepped right out of LLBean or something. Your kids almost look like twins. They are so cute. So fun. I wish we had tagged along. :) ps..the cake look so cute, too.

Steph said...

The princess cake is so pretty! I could never make something like that!

sliceofsueshe said...

What a cute cake!

Catherine said...

What a nice Aunt Prudy to make that darling cake for Miss Annabelle. Really, thankyou so much. If I hadn't been at the hospital with the new baby, she would have been stuck with a cake from a box and it may have been pink but it definitely would not have been a castle. Thankyou so much, really.

I love all your Nantucket pics. And I didn't know that Opa made those bracelets, I always thought you guys bought them on Nantucket. Thanks for sharing all your vacation photos, I'm vacationing vicariously!

doughmesstic said...

How fun was THAT?! I still love coming for the music...but that pink cake? Too cute.

gigi said...

You are such a sweet Auntie. How could any little girl not love a pretty pink cake like that? Yall did just great.

That lighthouse picture should be framed it's just to cute. It would make a great Christmas Card picture too.

I loved growing up with my cousins. They are going to have great memories.

Talita said...

Great pics! The cake's dough looks so soft and light! Yummy!

Leslie said...

OMG..I used to wear one of those surf bracelets when I was younger. And when I went to Key West a few years ago and bought another one. But I wore it for a couple of years and it got too nasty to wear!

Katrina said...

Great princess cake! I love the little hand holding a piece of the "bunny soft" cake. This is definitely soft and delish.

Amanda said...

Love the princess cake, too cute! Such a great pic of Opa too :)

Maria said...

Love the cake. Can't wait to see your 4th ideas!

Jodie said...

Looks yummy. What an adorable family!

Stacy said...

What a lucky little girl to get such an awesome cake!!! I think you did a great job! I saw the perfect party cake over and over and never new that it was a fluffy white cake! I am totally sold on making it, like soon!!!

I love the bracelets too - so cute! I would love one as well! Let me know when you're adopting new family members - wink, wink.

Justine said...

Your cake looks delish and I like the bracelet- I have one too!

jstine

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are so cute! Does Opa take orders for surf bracelets?

I might have to copy that cake for my birthday...

steph- whisk/spoon said...

you all look so tan and happy! i love nantucket...it's really a wonderful place! any four year old girl would be pleased as punch with that pink princess cake!

lasinthekitchen said...

That is the sweetest looking Perfect Party Cake! It's definitely the perfect cake for a little girl's birthday party!
I absolutely love your Nantucket Surf bracelet too! And it's made with love, can't beat that!

Pamela said...

I love those surf bracelets! How nice that everyone gets one! You have a very special family, Prudy. Thanks for sharing them with us. Nice job on the cake!! I'm sure the little one loved it.

Anna M. said...

Hi Prudy! I have really missed reading your blog and seeing all of your yummy recipes! What a cute family you have...looks like you all had a great time! Love the surf bracelet, too! =)

Michal said...

ah, erin, i just remembered how beautifully you tan. if i didn't adore you i'd be green with envy.

love the bracelet. the cake looks too good to miss. i'll have to try it soonish, as soon as i'm back and swinging in the kitchen. i've been letting hubby and my mom do all the kitchen and housework slaving for me over the past two weeks.

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