It’s fitting that today’s lesson is #13 because it’s 7/13 — my little brother’s birthday!
Preston’s family party was on Sunday and he requested a tacky luau theme (awesome). My mom, creator of amazing costumes, cakes, and kids’ beds, went all-out with the volcano cake.
The cake was pretty fantastic! The best part was the chocolate rocks, which were edible. They tasted like M & Ms and were a huge hit.
And of course, she wanted to make the whole thing actually work. So if you ever want to set a dessert on fire for effect (and once you see how easy it is, I’m pretty sure you will, here’s how to do it).
My favorite part is that she got the method for setting it on fire from my grandma’s 1960s Betty Crocker cookbook — one more reason I love vintage cookbooks. Housewives loved doing crazy shit like that back in the day and you can get great ideas.
As for myself, I was in no state to be dealing with open flames at this point in the party. By 9 AM on Sunday, my mom and grandma were in typical holiday/party preparation mode and I decided that the extra calories were worth the peace of mind and ability to handle them, plus the other cast of characters on their way…so I made a pitcher of rather stiff cocktails.
Sweet tea vodka, lemonade, and Sprite…so good!
Meijer didn’t have Firefly, so I went with Seagrams this time around, as it has a higher proof than Burnett’s.
The downside was that the drinks plus all the volcano Funfetti I consumed meant that by 7 PM I was experiencing a hangover/sugar coma that left me sort of unable to function. Day drinking is so great…until it isn’t anymore.
Anyway, my birthday is next month and I want to have a 1985 party to celebrate the year I was born…and I want an amazing (maybe even flaming) cake too! Any suggestions I can give my mother, the wannabe cake boss? We were thinking a Madonna bustier using the same mold she used for the volcano, but I’d love to hear more ’85 themed ideas if you have them! Please share!