Ladies and Gentlemen...
may I present my first blog about food (that I made):
Okay, so for those of you who may not know, I am a diehard fan of LOST. My lovely friend Jennifer invited some of us over to watch the premiere of The Final Season. First let me say that I love how much ABC is hyping this season - this leads me to believe one of two things: 1) ABC is afraid that people won't watch the last season because they (being the fans) are fearful that it won't end the way they want it to (even though it will probably be fantastic), or 2) ABC knows that it will be a fantastic disappointment to end one of their most popular shows, and they want to get their money's worth out of every last episode.
Actually, now that I look at it, I think it may very well be a combination of the two. But I digress...
Onto the CAKE!
I skipped documenting the preparation phase because I used a boxed cake mix, which really requires no baking skill and therefore needs no documentation...so here's my lovely Devil's Food Cake in the oven:
*Note: I did however, deviate from the recipe on the box because I discovered that our canola oil had passed it's expiration date (crazy, I know, but we just don't bake with oil), so I used equal measure melted butter, and it worked great!
After the cake was baked, I put it in the fridge for an hour to cool it off so it would be easier to ice (a great tip I picked up from my friend Merilee). After I took it out, I removed it from the pan and transferred it to the base of a cake carrier, since I was going to be taking it away from the house when I was done. I then covered the entire thing with whipped cream cheese icing, and then scored it down the middle to create the shoreline. (Because what's LOST without the island?)
For the beach, I used graham cracker crumbs, then sprinkled raw sugar over the top to give it sparkle and dimension. After the beach was finished, I put the cake into the freezer for a while to get everything to set up. Then it was time to create the ocean:
For this, I took half a container of the icing (I bought two for this project) and mixed in blue food coloring until I got the desired shade for the water. Once the cake came out of the freezer, I spread the blue icing over the empty space. *Make sure that the icing is dry from the first layer before you do this, or it won't spread evenly.* I then took a toothpick and some of the leftover white icing and created the waves.
To finish up, I created a distress signal on the sand with rocks (or chocolate chips, if you must!) and my mom was so kind as to make a couple of adorable chocolate palm trees with a candy mold.
Time for the show!
(sorry it's kind of blurry - I took all the pictures with my phone)
By the way, in case you're not a LOST fanatic, the premiere was amazing and had all of us going, "Say what???" (That's a good reaction, by the way!) I would not, however, recommend that you begin watching the show now, because I can guarantee that it won't make ANY sense whatsoever. I *would* recommend that you find Season 1 and start there.
But be warned, once you get LOST, you can't go back. :)
The Island is calling...