Welcome Aboard, Baby Pirate!

“You have really helped to make this event a party!” After spending two long days and a total of eight hours of baking for a baby shower, I was thrilled to receive this email of gratitude and complete satisfaction this afternoon. The seven officers of our school baking club, Crumb by Crumb, were asked to prepare some baked goods for a teacher’s baby shower on Friday. To represent the Piedmont Hills’ Pirates, the baby shower held the theme of “Baby Pirate.” After careful consideration of several different suitable and mouth-watering baked goods, we planned a menu of Nestle’s Chocolate Chip cookies and Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownies. To incorporate our school colors, maroon and white, into the baked goods, we also planned to bake a Red Velvet Cake (from scratch), designed to resemble a Pirate’s treasure map. The night before the baby shower, the seven of us ran around my small kitchen, frantically, and realized that we lacked the ingredients needed to prepare a two layer cake. After rushing to Lucky, Savemart, and PW Market, we finally finished our cake and topped it off with chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil and a baby pirate (a semi-homemade cake topper). Oh, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL… And as a teacher complimented, “It’s too darling!” Although we did not try the finished product of red velvet cake buried in thick layers of cream cheese frosting with its sides coated with chopped pecans, we found the little scraps of the red-dyed devil’s food cake cut from its top layer to be more than satisfying. Good work, guys!

Sylvia’s Red Velvet Cake from FoodNetwork.com

For the Cake (one 13×9 layer):
(prepare to find your kitchen gadgets dyed red)
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 pound box confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

— eLu

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3 Responses to Welcome Aboard, Baby Pirate!

  1. lola says:

    AAHHHH! WE ROCK! I feel so accomplished, even though I only helped with the cake. x) Yeeee!

  2. Char says:

    I have heard WONDERS about red velvet cakes.
    Maybe one day we’ll bake this together?
    I want to lose my red velvet cake virginity.

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