June 19, 2007

All Shook Up

Elvis Reese's Peanut Butter & Banana Cup in 'The King Size'I read that Reese's is coming out with an Elvis Reese's Peanut Butter and Banana Cup. Peanut butter pairs wonderfully with anything, in my opinion, and bananas are no exception. As I child, I liked peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches, but I have luckily grown out of that. I am definitely sending one of these Elvis PB & Nanner Cups to Katie, the family Elvis fanatic, in Taiwan.

The cake I made for Father's Day was a hit. I saved the last piece of cake in the freezer for Wendy. There are many wonderful flavors that synergize in this cake, among them: various chocolates, toffee, coconut, pepper. That's right. I put chipotle chile powder in the cake batter before baking it. I've always thought chocolate and chiles go together, as in Dagoba Xocolatl, and spicy works well with ice cream, too. Here are before and after photos of the Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream.

Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream

It's been about 100ยบ here the last couple of days, so I'm putting my ambition of being The Cake Lady on hold for awhile. It's just too hot to bake. I'm thinking of channeling my efforts into some amazing ice cream flavors. Today I came across a recipe for David Lebovitz's Malted Milk Ice Cream. Most people don't know that there's actually a difference between a shake and a malt, because wannabe ice cream shops only put a sprinkling of malt powder in their malts. I'm happy to report that this ice cream recipe calls for 2/3 cup of malt powder. How many ice cream flavors have their own song anyway? (Check out the link and you'll see what I mean.) So The Perfect Scoop is now in my shopping cart.

1 comment:

Auntie said...

Ohhh, you know the soft spot in my heart for Real Chocolate Malts. We made them every day when I was pregnant with Kurt. My dear husband gained pound for pound with me. This ice-cream recipe sounds delish.

Gorgeous Cake! No quake?