Halloween Birthday Party

I pitched an idea for my daughter’s upcoming birthday to something Halloween themed, and was excited to find she too was on board with it. I’ve always called her my Halloween baby, obviously since her birthday is in October. She’s just like me and absolutely loves this time of year!

I may not be any good at making cakes, but I sure do like trying. After giving it some thought, we both decided on a pumpkin shaped cake. Basically what we’re planning to do is making 2 bunt cakes and putting them together. It’s going to be a pretty big cake but hopefully will turn out alright.

I even thought about making the cake an actual pumpkin cake, but decided against it. I’ve have enough problems in previous years working with cake, and I have no idea how “solid” a pumpkin cake would be. While this one wont need to be “shaped” or cut, it will need to be flipped over. So we did get a regular cake mix again, which hopefully will be alright too.

For the “stem” we’ll be using an ice cream cone frosted green, which I think will fit pretty well inside the cake giving it the real pumpkin look. The birthday girl also came up with a neat suggestion, which was making it look like a jack-o-lantern. So with black frosting decoration we’ll be giving him a face.

She also requested plastic spiders around the top of the cake, which I also thought was a pretty fun idea. More specifically she wants rings so the guests can have them to take home. Cute!

I’ll be working on the cake tomorrow, and HOPEFULLY will have some pictures if the cake turns out alright. I am no artist, so wish me luck!


Here’s the finished project, before adding the spider rings:

Pumpkin cake.

Pumpkin cake.

Easy Beer Bread Recipe

As much as I love my bread machine and all it’s uses, sometimes it’s not always needed. Beer bread happens to be one of those odd recipes where it’s just too darn easy to make in the oven.

Now usually I buy a mix at a certain craft show every year, but the thought has occurred to me that this is really dumb. All that’s in those boxes are dry ingredients I have at home. I’m already buying the butter and the beer, so why not just make this all the way from scratch?

I poked around for some recipes, but all seem to lack baking soda and use self rising flour. No good. I do know this regular mix includes more than just flower and sugar, so I pieced together my own recipe based on several. And here it is:

Beer Bread
3 cups bread flour
3 tsp Baking powder
3/4 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 cup Sugar
12 fl Beer; any kind
1/4 c Butter; melted

You’ll want to mix the dry ingredients together first, then add the beer in. This batter will be VERY sticky. Grease a bread pan and pour batter in, then top with 1/4 c melted butter. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.