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!

26 comments:

Megan said...

Ha ha ha! What a hilarious game! I can only imagine how funny it must have been to watch people sniffing diapers!

Sorry you didn't like the cake - but those decorations are beautiful - really!

Tracey said...

Your cake looks amazing! How did you get your frosting so perfectly smooth?? Sorry you didn't like the cake.

vibi said...

I can't think of the right words to describe how amazing your cake is!!! woah.... I'm never, ever speechless! LOL

Jacque... I'm stunned!
(I'm sorry you didn't end up liking it though; I haven't tasted mine yet, still "marinating" in the fridge for more flavour!)

Leslie said...

Your cake looks perfect! This one was definitely better if you're a coffee lover.

Marthe said...

I love the way you decorated your cake!! I'm not a huge coffee fan, but I do love tiramisu. In my opinion the coffee is should not be the dominant flavour in the tiramisu though... I really enjoyed this one!

Alwayzbakin said...

The cake is adorable! And the game sounds hysterical. Sounds like you all had fun.

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful! I loved this recipe, so delish! I did an interview with Dorie if you want to stop by my blog :)

chocolatechic said...

Adorable!

The cake was a bit dry, but genoise usually are.

Grace said...

very cute adornments, and the frosting is lovely. sorry about the dryness--there's not much worse than a dry cake! well, of course there are many things worse, but you know what i mean. :)

Kara said...

Holy smokes. That's a seriously gorgeous cake. Well done you! :)

I also thought the cake was dry - the syrup definitely made a difference, but it still could have used more. Next time I'll double the syrup recipe.

Madam Chow said...

Your decorating skills put mine to shame!

Teanna said...

OK so seriously, I need you to teach me how you do that. Because you are amazing. You blow me away every week! And that game sounds AWESOME!

pinkstripes said...

I've played that diaper game before. Fun!

Your cake looks wonderful. I love the way you decorated it.

Mary said...

I want to go to that baby shower...I LOVE the toppers..so cute!

Tammy said...

I wish I had soaked my sponge more too. Love the decorations!

Jill said...

Very creative baby shower cake--I love it!

Bunny said...

OMG what a great baby shower game!!I would have loved to see the look on they're faces when they examined the diapers!!

isa said...

Sorry you didn't like the cake. I love the way you decorated your cake. Great job!

Danielle said...

Your cake looks great! I agree next time soak the layers it makes a huge difference!

Kayte said...

It's amazing how many of us don't care for coffee, isn't it? I always thought I was one of just a very few! Your cake is so cute...what a fabulous interpretation of this recipe!

Natashya said...

What a beautifully decorated cake! You are so talented.
I have been to a shower with that game, so funny!

TeaLady said...

Cute game. Must remember that one. Pretty cake. Love the cut outs. Did your friends like the cake. You never said.

Steph said...

Your cake looks so good! I like that diaper microwave game, it sounds like a lot of fun. I thought it was a little dry too, but the syrup helped a lot

Pamela said...

Sounds like a great game and I'm sure that there were some guys just a bit grossed out! Your cake is truly a work of art!! You are so creative.

Divine Wedding said...

This baby shower cake is so cute. You are so creative.

beach real estate said...

i love tiramisu.. its my favorite