Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cajun Cake w/ Peanut Butter Icing + A Baby Shower + Zydeco Zip

Here is a decadent Cajun dessert that I was introduced to, recently, at a baby shower. It is sinfully delicious and will melt in your mouth, and is a perfect dessert for your Father's Day celebration! Worth the effort and the calories, cher! Cest bon! I will be posting some great Father's Day recipes very soon, so stay tuned!



 


 Cake

2 cups flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. almond extract

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add half of the flour mixture, and half of the buttermilk. Stir in the almond extract and mix until blended. Add other half of of flour mixture and milk and beat until smooth and thick. Spread batter in two prepared 8 inch round cake pans. (I use Baker's Joy)

Filling

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 squares semisweet chocolate
1 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp.'s cornstarch, plus a little water to desired consistency

Combine water, sugar, almond extract, and chocolate, in double boiler. Stir in 2 tsp.'s cornstarch mixed with a little water. Cool until thick, and spread between layers of cake.

Icing
 
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup half and half

Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in 2 cups of the sugar and 1/2 of the half and half. Beat in remaining sugar. Add a little more half and half, until smooth or desired consistency is reached. Frost cooled cake and serve.

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A Lovely Baby Shower

My daughter's, best friend is expecting a sweet baby girl in mid August, and we are all very excited! Friends and family recently gathered for a baby shower at The Filling Station Restaurant, in downtown Lafayette. It seems like just yesterday, that they were in high school! Thought I would share a few pics with ya'll.

This is her first baby and second shower, so that baby girl will not want for anything!

Quite a wonderful spread and everything was cest bon, cher!

I loaded up on the fruits and veggies, so I could go heavy on the desserts.

This Strawberry Shortcake was divine, as well as the Peanut Butter Cake!

And this heavenly punch was just perfect to wash everything down with!

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Zydeco Zip

And last but not least, I've had a request for some more Zydeco. Here is a clip that I took of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, rev-ing up the crowd at this year's Festival International, in April. Just goes to show you, that you're never too old to shake a leg! Enjoy and let the good times roll, cher!



19 comments:

Eddie Bluelights said...

I see I'm first today!

"Sinfully Delicious" eh and "Melt in my mouth"! This Cajun Desert melts before it gets into your mouth! I've just dribbled all over my keyboard LOL.
No seriously it looks fab and as for the Peanut Butter - I just LOVE it!!
Loked the way the old timers were bobbing away and that chap in the blue shirt let his hair down didn't he.
Could you get someone to take a clip of you dancing? Would love to see that. Or do you move so fast like the Bionic Woman we would not see you?
Always great to visit my lovely Cajun Friend. Hugs ~ Eddie

Pat Tillett said...

Great and yummy looking food! Especially the cake with the peanut butter frosting!!!!

I don't see any men at that baby shower. Are they women only where you live?

Joanne said...

It looks like such a pretty set-up for the shower, it must have been lots of fun. Best wishes to Mom and baby daughter!

Now here's the question of the day ... How would that peanut butter icing go on a CHOCOLATE cake?

lakeviewer said...

Lovely! How do you stay so thin and fit?

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Oh, such hunger! I am now going to raid my fridge, but don't expect to find a fraction of any of this.

John said...

Way too rich for me, I'll stick with the crab and shrimps.

Angie Ledbetter said...

OH MY GARSH on that food and desserts! Can you adopt me, please? I'll pay ya! hehe

nanny said...

OMG that cake sounds wonderful!!!!

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Thanks, cher, so glad you liked it! This band can really get everyone moving. You should have seen him dancing to the next song! lol Mon cher ami, I am already dancing in several videos on my blog. Find me if you can! lol

Pat- Thanks, that cake is divine, for sure! She had two showers. The other one was co-ed and this one was not. But, statistically, there are two women for every man, in Lafayette! Are you packing, yet? lol

Trish- I will take that as a compliment, cher! Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne- Thanks, it was beautifully set up and a lot of fun. And the food was so delicious, and homemade. This icing on a chocolate cake would be absolutely decadent, beyond belief! Yum!

lakeviewer- So good to hear from you! Thanks, just watch the video, cher! Lots of dancing = calories off!

GYPSYWOMAN said...

OH, GIRL, I CAN'T STOP WATCHING AND JUMPIN' ROUND TO THE VIDEO!!! OMG!!! i'm so homesick!!!! had to get up and cut a rug here in front of the monitor!!! and i'm keepin' my eye on the guy in the pale green shirt wearing the hat [partner in red white blue] for when i come down - he's gonna have to put me on his dance card - my kind of dancer!!! course, all of this group was my kind of dancer!!! great great fun video, as always, dear dear friend!!!

and then, there's the food - can't even go there!

JİVAGO said...

All the day i'm working, now Turkey passed the midnight 2 hours ago dear Marguerite and i'm again in your delicious home with a big hunger. If you allow i'm geting few pieces and return to home.

Cheers!

With love*Hugs

Kat said...

Loved the video! Had me bouncing in my seat. Old granny was getting it on. Thanks for sharing.

Drick said...

gotta love a homemade, old fashion tasting cake, one with buttermilk is my kind of cooking ... the filling is great too but the icing is nothing like I have had before, just great.......

Marguerite said...

John- Sorry, but the crabs and shrimp are kinda in short supply, right now! Have a great weekend!

Angie- Thanks, would love to adopt you, anytime, sha! Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun weekend!

nanny- Thanks, glad you like it! It is wonderful and I hope that you try it! Happy weekend!

Gypsy- So thrilled that you enjoyed it, cher! I would love to dance with the guy in the green shirt, too! Watch out, if I ever see him without that blonde! lol
ps. You forgot to pick up your award on my last post!

Jivago- You are always welcome here, cher! Hope you took big helpings of everything! Don't work too hard and have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I think I just gained 10lbs reading this blog. Yum!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh. my. gosh. Peanut butter icing??? WOWSA! That's gotta be FABULOUS!!! To die for!! Sinfully delicious is right!! The shower looks lovely...but there's no way in the world that you are old enough to have a child whose friend is having a baby...'fess up, dear Marguerite. You were a child bride!!! Love the Zydeco Zip!! They've got an accordion player!! Such fun!!! Have a wonderful weekend, cher! I know you WILL because YOU know how to really live!!! Love you so much! Janine XO

Marguerite said...

Kat- She sure was!! So glad you enjoyed it, cher! Everyone here loves to dance. The Cajun "joie de vivre"! Have a great week, and thanks for coming by!

Drick- So good to see you, Thanks, cher! This icing is out of this world and I was lucky to find the recipe. Hope you try it! I made the Lemon Coconut Pie that you posted about, for Father's Day! Divine! Hope you had a wonderful day! Happy Father's Day!

Marguerite said...

SMB- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! It's easy to gain weight, here and that's why we dance so much! Great way to burn off the calories! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the follow!

Janine- Merci beaucoup for all of your sweet compliments, cher! I can assure you that I was NOT a child bride! lol So glad you enjoyed the music! Thanks, have a wonderful week!

Amy said...

Oh...what a feast and such a happy occasion!

I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!

Amy
http://utry.it/2011/03/culinary-smackdown-battlecookies.html