Decorated Halloween Layer Cake

My sister and her husband had their annual, epic, Halloween party this past weekend and for the dessert contest I brought a Halloween themed cake.

I used a 10″ double layer chocolate cake and split each layer which gave me room for 3 layers of different colored filling.

The first layer I split with a knife and filled with a green buttercream layer of frosting.

Then I did an orange layer of buttercream which I forgot to take a picture of but you’ll see that later.

Then I split the second layer of cake and filled it with purple buttercream frosting.

Then I decided to frosted the whole thing with a rich layer of chocolate ganache frosting.

Chocolate ganache frosting is just cooled and whipped ganache. I doubled the recipe to fully frost this cake.

Then I made another batch of ganache to drizzle down the sides.

Next I piped a spider web and cute purple spiders out of buttercream.

Lastly I used the leftover whipped ganache and piped a ring of chocolate swirls on top.

How fun is this cake?! Plus here is a look at the inside colors including the orange layer

It was delicious!

It didn’t win the best dessert…that was reserved for my friend Lonnie’s very realistic litter box cake complete with pooper scooper lol!

Hope you have a fun, safe Halloween! -MM

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19 for ’20 Recipes Challenge – Butternut Squash Green Curry Rice Noodle Bowls Recipe

Part of my 20 for ’20 Challenge is to try 19 new recipes in 2019-2020.

They say you eat with your eyes right?

In the case of the recipe I tried for “Butternut Squash Green Curry Rice Noodle Bowls” I definitely wanted to try the recipe because the photo of it on Instagram was amazing. I even texted a screen shot of it to my son and asked if he would want me to make it for dinner and he said “heck yeah”.

I am not saying it was an epic fail but…

I guess we are just not fans of green curry and that much coconut milk made me a bit ill. At first it was pretty tasty but as I ate more and more it ended up being too rich for me. I also didn’t really know how to eat it. A fork? A spoon? Chop stick probably.

I have always understood noodle bowls to be more of a broth based dish. There was only a cup of broth in this recipe and TWO 15 oz. cans of coconut milk. My mom said that sounded like way too much coconut milk.

Maybe I read the recipe wrong.

Plus it was an expensive meal for us with ingredients I don’t keep on hand because again I guess we are not fans of green curry. I did use our own garden grown onions, green onions, and butternut squash which helped keep the cost down.

What did my son think of it? Coming from the 17 year old his exact words were “it tasted goofy.”

Haha! Well there you have it!

Please feel free to check out spicesinmydna.com for the recipe and let me know if you make it and what you think about it.

Until the next recipe! – MM

20 for ’20 Challenge- Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

In my 20 for ’20 Challenge this year I challenged myself to trying 19 new recipes.

Last weekend I wanted to make a cauliflower chowder and after searching the interweb I landed on Damn Delicious blog’s cauliflower chowder recipe. Boy is it good!

I did make a change and used crumbled Italian sausage because I didn’t have the bacon and I added corn because, let’s face it, we have a ton of corn available right now!

Here is a link to the original recipe:

Damn Delicious-Cauliflower Chowder

Let me know if you try it and what you think. Enjoy!

One new recipe tried 18 to go! -MM

Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad

I was going to save this recipe for a summer picnic type post but what the heck – might as well use it for a dish to pass this weekend for the big game, right? Heck yeah!

Bacon, potatoes, cheese and jalapenos, what could be better!

I tried this recipe last year from Christin Mahrlig’s blog, Spicy Southern Kitchen.Β 

This potato salad turned out just like the photo in the post and it also tastes as good as it looks. I found that the salad was best, made fresh, the day you want to serve it.

I love the texture the bacon adds to the salad and the cream cheese was something I would never have thought of but it adds a depth of creaminess that mayo alone cannot achieve.

If you would like the recipe head on over toΒ Christin Mahrlig‘s blog and check it out by clicking on her name which is highlighted. You won’t be sorry!

Enjoy the Big Game! -MM