special ed. with pink mushroom cake, vodka gummy bears, and a bourbon ball

Summer crazies have temporarily stalled out food for fun, but I’m back tonight with a special edition highlighting three unrelated tales of fun food and drink:

Tale 1 First, a look back at last post’s Here’s Your D@mn Chocolate Ice Cream. I had lamented that this Humphry Slocombe recipe seemed a lot of work and though it was tasty, wondered if it had been worth the effort. The ice cream accompanied a birthday cake for my oldest daughter and what with those summer crazies, I made yet another cake soon after for another birthday party.

now that's a cupcake

now that’s a cupcake

I used a much-loved cake pan, which when sprayed well enough with baking spray makes two cake layers that come together to make one big cupcake. (When not sprayed well, it makes a big mess.)

All went as planned until it came time to frost. Many a poorly decorated cake has been featured at food for fun (here and here, just for starters), so it should come as no surprise that this one got out of hand as well. Instead of the sweet “cupcake” I’d planned, it looked more like a big pink mushroom. (Or where Smurfette calls home per deLizious facebook post.)

again, best-laid plans

again, best-laid plans

As with my other decorating disasters, the cake tasted far better than it looked. The big surprise, though, was how amazing the HS chocolate ice cream was served alongside. Whether it had aged a bit in the freezer, mellowing its flavors, or was simply a better match for white cake than it was chocolate trifle, I know not. But that ice cream really dazzled here.chocicecream

A word about the cake: Mr. Wonderful White Cake recipe was found in Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook. Corny name aside, it’s one of the best white cakes I’ve had.

do you like the cake saw?

do you like the cake saw?

Mr. Wonderful White Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites

Heat oven to 350Β°F. Grease and flour two cake pans or spray with baking spray.

In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, butter, and vanilla; beat with electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth. Add egg whites; beat 2 minutes longer. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cakes directly to wire racks to cool completely. Frost as desired.

Tale 2 Another bit of cocktail news means that Weary Chef can’t be too far away. I found a link through one of her Happy Hour posts for vodka gummy bears and was smitten. With young kids underfoot, there are always gummy bears to be found, and I loved the idea of infusing them (the gummy bears, not the kids) with vodka.

I did exactly as instructed and was unimpressed when unveiling the batch a week later. My cute little sugar bombs had melted into the vodka, leaving me with a thick (albeit colorful) syrup. Anyone who has read food for fun knows that this wouldn’t stop me and I was forging ahead regardless. I mixed some of this goo with carbonated water and loved that it was sweet, fruity, bubbly, and boozy. It went down easy for sure. I’m curious as to why my bears melted down when I Sing in the Kitchen seemed to keep hers intact. Maybe gummy bear brand matters? Regardless, it was a fun cocktail.

the bears make it silly, but it's still a goo cocktail: refreshing and potent

the bears make it silly, but it’s still a fine cocktail–refreshing and potent

Tale 3 You’ll need to hop over to Blog of Funny Names for this tale. A recent guest post highlights another Kentucky favorite: Ruth Hanly Booe and other funnily-named folk who made Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls the internationally known confection they are today.

Many thanks for stopping by during what I know is YOUR crazy-busy life. Your visits here are always appreciated πŸ™‚

44 thoughts on “special ed. with pink mushroom cake, vodka gummy bears, and a bourbon ball

  1. I have not made booze gummy bears but i have eaten them!! They really are good- I hope you can figure out what happened! I have had rum soaked ones and I think vodka as well…tasty πŸ™‚

    • Good to see you, Lilly Sue πŸ™‚ Speaking of crazy-busy summers, you are having one!

      Maybe I need higher quality gummy bears. Rum sounds good, too. How did yours taste? Was the texture normal for a gummy bear?

      • I am having a busy summer! But I am having SO much fun!! πŸ˜€ Ya I really don’t know..I guess it could be the gummy bear quality. The rum was very delicious and yes I feel like the texture was fairly normal…I mean they were slick but not dissolved in any way.

    • Hey, Dave. Funny the difference a capital letter or two makes. Would like to meet this Special Ed.

      Also, FYI: Diddy suggested I look up your Svedka Vodka ‘bot to help with the gummy bears, but she wasn’t helpful even a bit. Ah well…

      • True story: Once upon a time, amb’s boss was a drummer with a lot of friends in the Canadian music scene. They liked to call me and sing on my voicemail. One of the guys was named Ed. He was in a band called Special Ed and the Musically Challenged.

  2. Yummy! I need to get a large cupcake pan like yours! I’m normally not big on vodka, but your cocktail looks delicious! Maybe I’ll start drinking more vodka if I add gummy bears to them πŸ˜€

    • Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ Am sure you could infuse those gummies with any spirit if you’re not so much a vodka fan. I loved how rainbow-y the final drink was.

      And I highly recommend the cupcake pan–was a gift and I love it much. Glad you stopped over. Brought your granola bar recipe up last night and hope to tackle it this week.

      • That’s true, I could add them to something other than vodka! All the colors definitely add to the look of the drink πŸ˜€

        Awesome! Let me know how the granola bar recipes works out for you πŸ™‚

    • Hey, Mimi πŸ™‚ Jello shots are so 1990-something. Have you heard of jello pudding shots? I haven’t had, but hear they’re tasty. I for sure love the idea of the gummy bears as they’re such sweet, innocent little things and to fill them with vodka seems so wicked πŸ˜‰ Yes, to the wide smile–before and especially after that first sip. Thanks for coming by!

  3. Liz !!! This: “I loved the idea of infusing them (the gummy bears, not the kids) with vodka.” cracked me the heck up. Love it !!! I have been waiting for these gummy bears with bated breath since they were mentioned in one of our legendary emails and was so excited to find them here this morning! Even if they were a bit melted. Still oh-so good!

    • yes, they were tasty when mixed with carbonated water, but otherwise looked like one of those creeping slime forms that classic Dr. Who was always trying to vanquish. Glad you’re here, amb and lol “legendary” emails. πŸ™‚

  4. That cake is so….pink! If your daughter is anything like my roommate (or anyone else I’ve ever met who is obsessed with the colour pink) then she probably decided the cake was “pretty” simply because it was pink. And if I were presented with a cake like that….I wouldn’t have a chance to see what it looked like before I dug into it to start eating it.

    And yes, please do not infuse your children with alcohol. I think there’s a law or two against that. πŸ™‚

    • This is so why I love when you come by, Jenny–you’re wicked funny with that dry sense of humor of yours. Good to know about that law against infusing children with alcohol. You know what you’re talking about, what with studying pharmacology and all, so will take your word for it.

  5. Making Saira’s birthday cake this year…again, and I might just use your white cake recipe. It doesn’t look too crumbly and is just perfect. What I will put on top of the cake is still a mystery up in the air! Pray for me.

    • make sure the birthday cake at least gets up on facebook, Deb. Am sure it’ll be gorgeous. Would highly recommend Mr. Wonderful cake. Great texture–almost has a sheen to it. Thanks for coming by πŸ™‚

  6. That’s crazy that the gummy bears melted away — though the colorful specks are festive in their own way. =) I’ve also seen people infused vodka with skittles though I’ve never tried. And now imagine if you used Pinnacle gummy-flavored vodka to infuse gummy bears! Madness!

    • yes, it was a festive drink for sure. And it got more festive with each drink, too. Skittles? hmmmm. Will perfect those bears first. Ah, pinnacle would mean whipped cream-flavored vodka-flavored gummy bears. Brilliant! Thanks for being here, J πŸ™‚

  7. Sorry it took so long to get over and find out what you did with the vodka-laced gummy goo.

    Looks good to me!

    Whaddayagonna call it? Gummyn Tonic?

    • vodka-laced gummy goo has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

      No apologies necessary. You’re never obligated to hang out at food for fun just because I tend to chat a lot at your place. Though I do appreciate you coming by. Your perspective is always refreshing πŸ˜‰

  8. I love the gummy bear idea. I, too, have seen the skittle infused vodka at our local upscale burger joint down the street. Our favorite server there makes it. She separates the Skittles by color, lets them dissolve in the vodka, then strains them a few time through a coffee filter/strainer combo until the un-dissolved bits are removed. It smells great, just too sweet for my taste buds.

    • Hey, Tracy. Glad you’re here πŸ™‚ No pressure ever, but it didn’t seem right without you. Wow–maybe I should have separated the gummy bears by color. Not sure that I’d like the skittles as am not a fan overall.

      Love that you have a favorite server at an upscale burger joint down the street. πŸ™‚

      Looking forward to what sounds like a long Funny Names post tomorrow! You go, girl.

      • Thanks Liz. It has been crazy here. Lots of family visiting.

        Regarding the upscale burger joint, it’s four blocks from our house. I love that we can walk. But I’m not a big fan of skittles, but love what it does to the color of the vodka.

        The Funny Names post will appear next Tuesday. I must admit it was so much fun to write. You set the bar with your Crescent Dragonwagon post and I loved the inspiration.

  9. Ok…not sure where to start! Perhaps with the good news…I am adding that ice cream spot to my itinerary for my next visit to SF – which is thankfully, soon!

    You realllly make me wish that vodka and I could be friends, good friends, but we have such a nasty, painful relationship. I believe you when you say they were good, and I love your comment up above about it’s kind of a wicked twist to infuse a kid’s candy with an adult beverage. Stunning!

    And last, but not least. I find nothing corny with a cook-book named after the Brady Bunch. I think it’s adorable! Fun post at food for fun! πŸ™‚

    • the gummy bears could drink up any spirit–tequila? haha. Thrilled you found so much fun in the post. That’s my goal for sure. Even if you don’t like ice cream, the HS cookbook is a great read. If you see it in a bookstore (or at HS!), read the first line. It’ll crack you up.

      Was hoping there would be some who’d appreciate the Brady Bunch cookbook. I feel old sometimes in Blog-Land as there are lots of young folk who think the things I talk about (so by extension, me) are retro!

      • Ah…tequila bears…now you are talking!! Ondele! πŸ™‚ Oh, and let’s clarify. It’s not that I don’t LIKE ice cream. I do. But I like other sweets so much more…so in the grand game of calories…its falls below many other items! But, I plan to stop at HS when in the city soon and I will definitely check the cookbook’s first line! Glad I came through for ya on the BB cookbook! πŸ™‚

  10. Liz! I am quite sure I left a comment on this post right after Lilly Sue. I came back to see if you responded, and now I don’t see it! Maybe I was having cocktails that night and didn’t quite execute on hitting send? I’m so sorry that it seems like I didn’t respond.

    Thanks so much for the mention, and I’m sorry the gummy bears didn’t turn out. My husband and cohorts made these at the office a few years ago, and his didn’t dissolve either. Maybe your gummy bears were all natural or something?

    That cake is stupendous! How much food coloring did you have to put in that thing to achieve that pink color? I’m sure your daughter LOVED it!

    I don’t remember what else I said, but I think this was the jist. Better late than never I guess!

    • awww, thanks, Poppy! Yes, the kid parties are always an adventure. And funnily enough, the gummy vodka cocktail was my treat to myself after making that darned cake πŸ˜‰

      But rest assured, anyone sending a child over to my house can know for certain that I will not be serving alcohols to minors. Promise!

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