Hi! Thank you for stopping by to watch me, Leah, cook kosher. I've been the owner operator of my boutique catering firm in Seattle, Leah's Catering, for the past 14 years.
Part of me is procrastinating. I should be working on Thanksgiving recipes. Only one glitch; fresh turkeys haven't arrive at the market and mashgiach can't come until this afternoon. I love when the universe supports my decision to do anything but what I ought to be doing.
This past Shabbat was "Dream Shabbat", a menu requested by the undergrad students for their dinner at Hillel UW. In addition to challah, garlic bread, 4 cheese lasagna, Israeli salad and green beans. Talk about a dream, how easy is this? Keeping with the mostly Italian theme, I add "Lentil Soup with Escarole" for the heck of it. Always playing mom and spoiling the fun! That said, I do cave to making the Funfetti Cake.
My initial reaction to the email request is "What the heck it that?" A quick Google search reveals a Pillsbury cake mix; white cake with sprinkles. Thank G-d for Pillsbury being kosher! A little nervous as I don't do mixes very well, I buy 6 boxes and shrug. Baking the cake in 2 x 14" round cake pans, this is going to be a giant cake. I'm not sure I love the artificial scents permeating the air but it turns out light and fluffy.
I make my basic buttercream frosting using a whopping 8 pounds of powdered sugar and 2 pounds of butter. I end up using about 2/3 of it as I stack the layers and swirl the borders with a flourish. I have the Wilton spray on colors in the same colors as the sprinkles baked into the cake. Creating a cake of many colors, I top it all off with more sprinkles. The huge cake, as I move it, feels incredibly light. Expecting more weight, I lift with a heft that almost sends it flying across the kitchen.
Putting the cake on a cart, I wheel it out to the dessert table. It is fun, and I think it is what the kids asked for....but, I have my doubts; it's a mix! Judging from what was left in the kitchen on Sunday, the cake was a big hit. Everyone seems to know about Funfetti but me. Oh well, I still use a Walkman!
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Funfetti cake mix by Pillsbury. I used 6 boxes for 2 x 14" layers.
Basic Confectioner's Sugar Frosting Recipe (see archives)
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