Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat

This year, the inspiration for my husband's birthday cake was The Cat in the Hat since we got very into Thing 1 and Thing 2 while we were in Florida.
Here is the final outcome:

I wanted a very whimsical look and topsy turvy, so the cake was shaved off at an angle at the top so that it would look like a crooked hat. The Cake is vanilla with lemon curd layers and covered in coconut meringue frosting. The Things and the fish bowl are made out of rice crispies.


And here is a recipe for LEMON CURD in case you'd like to make your own.

Zest of 2 lemons
6 fluid oz lemon juice (note: fluid, not weight measure)
6 oz Sugar
4 oz butter
8 yolks

  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot except for the yolks and whisk together.
  2. Allow the butter to melt and strain the mixture.
  3. Whisk the yolks together and pour the warm lemon mixture over the yolks while stirring continuously.
  4. Return the entire mixture back over a pot over medium heat, and stir untill it thickens and small bubbles start to form.
  5. Turn off the heat and ice bath the lemon curd mixture with a piece of plastic wrap directly covering and touching the surface of the curd.
  6. As it cools, the curd will thicken even more.
  7. Keep refrigerated at all times. It will last about a week or 2 in the fridge.

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