Monday, October 31, 2011
Now that I am a "grown-up", I don't get to go trick-or-treating in costumes (I tried). It really is depressing. I don't know if I'm old-fashioned or what but Mom ALWAYS made our costumes, none of the store-bought ones I see all over the place today. My favorite was when I was a frog. Yes, a frog. Green face and all. Those are some great pictures. Don't tell John though, there are some things that are better when they stay in the family circle.
I don't remember having a premade costume until I was old enough to work at Party City and dress up in their costumes (so like at 17). Even then, my manager was a good friend of Dads. So, when it came time to picking what I would wear to greet customers, Dad was the one who "approved" my costume. That meant other girls got a long list of what they could be including the sexy witches and Britney Spears look-alikes (the first Britney of course...I really AM old). My list had many black magic marker lines over any "risque" costumes and I got to be Dorothy (hair in pigtails with a long skirt) or Cleopatra (long flowing dress). At the time I hated it, but I do love that story now! Besides, I could rock Dorothy with the best of them.
Root Beer Cake (adapted from here)
Serves: 16 (9x13 sheet cake)
2 cups root beer
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup root beer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saucepan, combine root beer, cocoa powder, and butter. Stir until the mixture is smooth and butter is melted. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk until sugars have dissolved and remove from heat. Break eggs in a large bowl and beat slightly. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled slightly, slowly beat it into the eggs. Add the flour and baking soda. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Meanwhile, make the frosting by adding the chocolate chips, butter, root beer, cocoa powder, and confectioners sugar to the food processor. Process until smooth and shiny. Frost the cooled cake with the frosting. Top with sprinkles or other candy.
Until the next time my oven is on...
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