You spent all week planning a special menu for a great 5 course meal for your dinner guests and you end up personally disappointed with the result. They loved it but for you…meh! I have lived this scenario many times. Then you invite a really close friend for a home cooked birthday meal in the middle of the week…nothing majorly extravagant and OMG it is the best thing you have made in the longest time.
That is also what happened to me this week. Raquel, my adorable, sweet, 11 years younger (bitch), totally Goth, vegetarian, animal loving owner of 2 cute rats, just awesome very close friend came over for her birthday dinner. She knows my cooking and she can vouch for me saying this meal was beyond amazing. She even asked about 3 times if she could move in.
We chatted and snacked over a glass of wine and some left over Black Bean Hummus from a Halloween party I went too. By they way…no one guessed what was my mystery costume! I will tell you now: I was a character from a pop art painting by the 60’s artist Roy Liechtenstein.
Anyways, back to the meal. The appetizer was a Truffled Tomato Tarte Tatin which I already posted about and that was followed by the best veggie tofu curry EVER. I’ll be posting about that soon, did not take pics but I have a pot luck next Saturday and will make that. But the dessert, ah the dessert. I could not wait to see her face when she would see the cake. In my Halloween creepy recipe hunt I came across a cake shaped like a rat…a cute one. And she LLLLOOOVVVEEEESSSS rats. I had to make it.
I found the recipe on a site called Hungry Halloween and the cake is called Longtail. I looks really complicated but really it is super easy to make. And there are only 5 ingredients: oero cookie crumbs, cream cheese, powdered sugar, pink or red food coloring and 2 candies for the eyes. That is it! I did not pictures of the making of the cake so please follow the link above for all the details. They don’t mention it but toothpicks were really handy to make the parts they together. Here is the result….
Needless to say she was completely stunned. I even had trouble convincing her to eat a piece of cake and I had to do the cutting. It was so worth it. I wonder which other animal can be made this way?
Oh wow, Sis, you’re amazing and so figging creative! I wonder if Nick can beat this for my next birthday, but I doubt it. lol
Evelyne…you’ve echoed what most of us proud cooks feel when we’ve tried maybe too hard to please…and then out of nowhere…the best culinary experience ever!
Love that adorable cake…you’ve got great talent going on ;o)
I would have never guessed your Haloween costume…I truly didn’t know who she was 😉 I wasn’t much into comics.
Ciao for now,
That’s amazing! Hard to believe it could be easy to make – I’m sure skill has a lot to do with it! Loocking forward to the curry recipe.
@ Faith he does look like the one in Ratatouille lol
@ Mary Are you kidding…she had trouble eating a piece cause it was too cute. Oh her look was priceless, jaw dropped in awe.
That is the funniest cake! I wish you had got a picture of your friend when she saw it, but I guess you were holding the knife to dissect that rat!
That is adorable.
This rat cake would go so well with my mouse cheese balls. Love it!
This is the cutest rat I’ve ever seen! He remindes me of the rat of the disney movie “Ratatouille”. Your cake looks fantastic. I love it.
Thank you all!
@Susan…glad to know you share my frustration lol.
@Conor… thanks to the max he he
You are awesome for a number of reasons. Firstly, for reminding me about that sausage dog photo. Secondly for having such a clever costume. And lastly for making this cake. It is awesome to the max.
Your Rat cake looks amazing! I completely know what your talking about when you occasionally get the ‘anti climax’ meal. I get so disappointed! Although like you I am usually the only one 😛
That is So CUTE!! Love it.