Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Oh cake, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...
I love this cake not because it's beautiful or fancy or so decadent that you'll feel like you just died from an overdose of chocolate (no, there isn't any chocolate in it and yes, I still love it!)

No, I love this cake because it's honest and simple.
It's made in a 13x9 pan (nothing impressive there). The base is a yellow cake mix from a box (try to control yourselves). The topping is whipped cream, not fancy ganache or marvelous butter cream. What is special about it then? There are flavors of vanilla, pineapple and coconut. The texture is light, airy and moist. I wanted this to be my birthday cake because it reminds me of summer and after a long, cold winter it was a welcome taste of the tropics. Like that old commercial, "When I bite into a York Peppermint Patty I get the sensation of..." Well, when I taste this cake I literally could close my eyes and picture the clear aqua-green water of the Caribbean, the white sandy shore lined with palm trees and a hammock just waiting for me.

Is it wrong that food evokes such feelings in me?

So long winter!

Here's the recipe from the queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen!
P.S. If the name bothers you than call it whatever you want, I do.
My husband calls it "Highly Overrated Cake", hilarious!