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MacGyver in a Pink Dress

February 22, 2011

On Friday I mentioned that I was attending a pink party over the weekend. It was for one of my dearest friend’s 30th birthday and I was supposed to supply a pink three-tier cake except I was foiled by the storm that made itself comfortable above my home early Friday evening. Just as I was wrapping up my work for the day and gearing up for a baking session…the power went out. Power outage means no stand mixer, no hand mixer….and no oven!!! Yes, my oven is electric!!! After an hour of sitting in the dark with a headlamp resting on my forehead, optimistically waiting for the lights to flick back on… I finally accepted the fact that a three-tier cake may not be in the cards for me that night. My internal Macgyver instantly kicked in and I bolted to Costco. Why Costco you ask? If you’ve ever tasted their chocolate layer cake, then you know exactly why. If you’ve never tasted their chocolate layer cake, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I don’t know how they do it, but Costco Chocolate Layer Cake is consistently moist and chocolatey and tastes completely homemade. It’s the only store-bought cake I’ll buy if I can’t bake a cake myself.

When the power finally came back on (a whole 4 hours later!) I got to work, transforming the store-bought cake into a one-of-a-kind 30th birthday cake worthy of a pink party.

I covered the top of the cake with a thick layer of strawberry cream cheese frosting and used a circle cookie cutter as a mold to create a border with pearlized nonpareils, then used sanding sugar to monogram the cake with the birthday girls first initial. Not my best work but the cake was a huge success and miss 30th birthday was totally stoked on the made-over Costo cake. And incase you were wondering what I ended up wearing…I found this dress at Express and I now own one pink article of clothing! xoxo!

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  1. February 22, 2011 2:06 am

    That looks superb….and delicious. You have great artistic skills with the icing cone :-)

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