Tuesday, May 5, 2009
TWD: Tiramisu Cake
It's Tuesday again and that means it's time for Tuesday's with Dorie. This week, Megan of My Baking Adventures chose Tiramisu Cake.
Uh-oh, coffee-flavored confections. (Have I mentioned how much I detest coffee?)
Fortunately, I was saved from having to decide whether to sit this one out by a family baby shower. (Oh, and let me talk about the cake for a sec and then I'll share a fun baby shower game.)
I made the cake as directed except I went easy on the coffee flavored simple syrup we were to soak the cake layers with . Turns out this was a mistake, as the cake was on the dry side. I probably should have just soaked those babies and let everyone else enjoy it.
The filling and icing were good, though. I'm sure that if I loved coffee (and if I would have soaked the cake layers), I would have really enjoyed this dessert.
By the way, in case you're wondering, the baby decorations are actually paper cutouts that I found in the scrap booking section of the craft store. I mounted them, along with some fondant spheres, on wire. It was quick and easy.
OK, on to the baby shower game.
I asked some friends to give me ideas for baby shower games that could be played for a couples baby shower. I mean, I know of baby shower games, but none that seem like anything the fellas would get a kick out of. One friend said she had the perfect game. This is what you do... pick up an assortment of different candy bars (I got six - Snickers, Reese's PB cups, Milky Way, Kit Kat, peppermint patties, and Butterfingers), and get yourself as many diapers. Place one candy bar in each diaper and "cook" them in the microwave until they are melted beyond recognition. This took anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes depending on the bar (be careful! they're hot!). You can use the snack size candy bars, or about the equivalent of half of a Snickers bar. As you're going, use a pen to number each diaper and write down the type of candy bar. Keep this a secret.
As you can imagine, the "dirty" diapers are fairly convincing.
So then, come game time, give everyone pen and paper and pass around the diapers. The players have to guess what type of candy bar each is. They can smell them and examine them, but not tasting allowed.
It's fun to see the reactions, and a great photo op too, catching folks studying and sniffing what looks like a dirty diaper.
Once everyone has had a chance to guess, read off the answers and see how well everyone did. For our game, the best anyone got was five out of six. The Milky Way had everyone stumped.
OK, as they say, that's all folks!