Skip the Turkey and Pass the Cake!!!

As most of you know, yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States. Like most people, we had the usual fare – turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and 5 gallons of gravy. I realize now, as I sit here typing this post, I forgot to prepare a green vegetable – whoops! But amid preparing all of this I decided I would make a dessert. Normally, we just pop over to Marie Callender’s and purchase a pie, but I thought I would change it up this year.

You see, I have been watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Even my boys love to watch to show. They settle down in front of the TV with their gallon bottles of water and will watch episode after episode. Their friends come over and soon, they too are entranced by the preparation of the lovely pastries and baked good. I love the show, I love Paul Hollywood and Mary (she reminds me so much of my Grandmother) and the British participants are so polite and well-behaved – it is a delight to watch!


The Great British Baking Show

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I have had a hankering to get in the kitchen and bake some stuff. Last week, I made Australian meat pies, and Mini Triple Chocolate Mousse cakes. They turned out well and everyone seemed to enjoy them immensely. My boys have watched The Great British Baking Show so much, when they cut into the meat pies, they said – in a Paul Hollywood voice – “It’s a lovely bake, the flaky pastry has great layers, the pie pastry is just the right thickness, and no leakage on the bottom. Well done!” I kind of cheated on the pie pastry, because I used (gasp!!) store bought pastry. Please don’t tell Paul Hollywood and Mary.

Yesterday, I decided to make a Tuxedo Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. My husband went off to buy the ingredients. Thankfully, he doesn’t mind going to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store. I found the recipe on the Pineapple and Coconut website . It didn’t look terribly difficult, but there are many components to making this cake. It is an 8-layered cake with a raspberry buttercream frosting (the meringue method), a raspberry puree, and two different types of cake (vanilla and chocolate), and then topped with a ganache (I love that word – ganache, I say it with gusto, please say it with me Ganache, Ganache, Ganache).

Tuxedo Cake

Tuxedo Cake with Raspberry Buttercream –

The recipe stated the preparation time was 60 minutes, and the cooking time was 60 minutes too. Well, I don’t know if the lady who came up with this recipe is living in some type of parallel dimension, or a black hole or I don’t know what. I started preparing the cakes at about 8:30 in the morning. And the finished product was ready to eat by about 10:00 in the evening. I spent hours and hours covered in flour, chocolate, and meringue. The frosting had two pounds of butter mixed into a meringue. It took me an hour and a half of slowly adding tablespoon pieces of softened butter to the meringue, and mixing with my hand-help mixer.

krupps mixer

My 32 year old Krups hand-held mixer.

I suppose if I had one of those fancy Kitchen-Aid mixers, it might have gone a bit faster. My husband has been trying to buy me one of those Kitchen-Aid stand mixers for years, but my Krups hand-held mixer I purchased in 1985 is still working a treat, and I see no reason to plunk down several hundred dollars for an appliance that will take up even more of our limited kitchen counter-top space.


Finished product

The finished product certainly doesn’t look as pretty as the one on the recipe, but at least it isn’t leaning – although it looks like it is because of the poor photographic technique.


My husband also purchased a nice cake plate, to store the cake. We have had this running discussion for years, about cakes being stored in the fridge versus leaving them out at room temperature. I like my desserts, especially cakes – cold, he likes his cakes at room temperature. And we have invariably ended that particular discussion by me saying, “Besides, we don’t have a cake plate!” Well, we have a cake plate now. The thing is – this cake that I made yesterday, the cake I spent over 13 hours making, 13 hours of my life I will never be able to get back – the cake is so tall, it doesn’t fit under the cake plate. So, I had to improvise. I made a cake plate cover out of yards and yards of aluminum foil. My makeshift cake plate cover is made from so much aluminum – I am pretty sure I could receive communications from alien life form out in space.

Homemade cake dish

Anyone want some cake, because we have lots?!

12 replies »

  1. I put on 10 lbs just reading your post!!!😄
    My sons are the same as yours. Absolutely fascinated by a bakery programme. Not that they have intention of trying it out. Much easier to leave it Mum and Dad!

    • I don’t knw what it is about baking shows that is so fascinating – but I can sit and watch them for hours. And how is it that they manage to whip these things together so quickly. Probably helps that someone else does the cleaning up. And do you think Paul and Mary ever get tired of tasting baked delights?

  2. I think with editing it seems like such a short time but they get given a time for each challenge. The programme in the UK has moved from the BBC onto Channel 4 (or maybe it’s Channel 5 – I have no say in the use of the tv remote) and Mary Berry has left. Mr. Hollywood is still there and has been joined by Prue Leith. Should I have told you that? Were the producers planning to surprise American viewers. Oh well, too late now.
    By the way, love your cake plate cover – very Lost in Space!😄

  3. I’m like you about appliances. I have a washing machine that is (dare I say?) 28 years old and it is still working. I won’t buy new just because the old is getting old. It still works so let it be. As for YOU making this cake taking 13 hours to make, OH MY! My hat is off to you in a huge way. I doubt if I would have stuck to the plan. I must admit the cake looks scrumptious and my tummy is rumbling, yet 13 hours? Again I say my hat is off to you!! (smile) 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  4. Oh my goodness, that was a LOT of work, but what a grand ganache goodie. Hehe. It looks delicious. Wish I was there for a slice. You gotta move back here. 😉

    I’m surprised you didn’t get your sons to join in with the baking, since they’re so into the baking show. It usually gets me to want to try baking (that show). BTW, Paul Hollywood is not bad to look at, either. It’s nice to see a good-looking man my age once in a while. 😉

    Come on over to my blog and read my Thanksgiving post. It’s the last day (Monday) to win a free paperback copy of my book.

    • Actually, my eldest did help me construct the cake once I had all the components ready. It was scrumptious, but so rich!. I wish you could have come over, we had plenty of cake to go round. Will come over!!!

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