Everyone enjoyed a hot dog, and some were especially enjoyed with pimento cheese on top. We had several salads, including ambrosia, the preparation of which is pictured below.
The monkey cake did turn out really well, despite some late night baking mistakes. When doubling a recipe I have the tendency to double most of the ingredients. In this case, I forgot to double the milk and had to scoop the batter out of the cake pans and put it back in the bowl. Luckily, the cake was still buttery and delicate; just as cake should be.
8 room temperature eggs, seperated
2 cups room temperature milk
6 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 sticks of room temperature butter
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bring ingredients to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter the cake pans and coat with a light dusting of flour. If you like, butter and flour parchment cutouts to prevent the cake from sticking. Add liners to the cupcake pans.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
In another (large) bowl, beat the butter until fluffy, then add the sugar. Continue beating, adding one egg yoke at a time, then add the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture, divided into thirds, and the milk, divided in half, until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix. With clean beaters, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks and then fold into cake mixture. Pour into cake pans and cupcake tins and put into the oven immediately. Bake until cakes just start to turn golden, roughly 40 minutes.
For the Frosting (White and Chocolate)
3 sticks room temperature butter
2 cups powdered sugar
4 oz. melted chocolate
2 teaspoons vanilla
heavy cream to taste
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Beat the butter until fluffy, then add the sugar. Once mixture seems creamy and spreadable (add the cream to acheive desired texture), add the vanilla and lemon. Set aside a quarter of the frosting. Then add 4 oz. melted and cooled chocolate to the mix and blend.
Add some ears to the layer cake and frost accordingly, use chocolate chips, crushed and whole, for the eyes and mouth. Voila, monkey cake. Want some?