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April 13, 2009

The Easter Lamb of 2009

easter-09-019So, in the last post I had mention how ticked I was at the tradition of the Easter Lamb Cake.  Well, not at the actualy tradition itself, just at the stinking lamb pan I inherited from my grandmother that keeps failing me year after year.  The worst part is, the pan is the cutest little art deco lamb ever.  It is just my lack of skill that makes it fail.

I decided that I should post some pictures of the lamb’s construction, so you can all see the tragedy unfold, and then be fixed again. easter-09-026

Here is the lamb pan that I both loathe and love, and it is filled with delicious carrot cake batter and it is ready to bake.  I have already figured out the ear issue, now if I can just remember it for next year.  Instead of putting batter into the places for ears, I have to let the batter fill the ears as it bakes.  I know that.  I learned it ohhh…5 years ago.  I just have to remember it when I am making the cake!

Here is the lamb cakes cooling.  Note the lack of ears.  And the ears that are there aren’t actually attached. easter-09-028Here is the crumb-coated lamb at the beginnings of the decorating stage.  And yes, he is sandwiched with cream cheese icing and sitting upright. About 20 minutes in the freezer led to this miracle. easter-09-031Here is is, all decorated and waiting for Easter dinner.  Sorry about the poor light, but it was late when I finished.  The ears that you see are from cut up Peeps that were supposed to be for Hubs’ Easter Basket.  The rest of the non-mauled Peeps are “artfully” scattered around the platter. I know it isn’t the most professional job, but cream cheese icing is softer and really doesn’t do the slick piping job that buttercream does. And it is only me and Hubs this year for dinner, so I wasn’t too worried about perfection.

Speaking of Hubs, he was lurking throughout this whole procedure.  I was busy decorating the lamb when he called out, “Do you need this other cake?”  The carrot cake recipe I make is large, so I baked the rest in a 9 inch round and was going to freeze it when it was cool. So I said, “Nope, it is headed for the freezer.”  20 minutes later, I walked over and found this:easter-09-020He had eaten the center out of the cake. The center!  He said, and I quote, “You can just fill it in with frosting.” 


Well, now I have learned two valuable lessons this Easter.  1. Peeps make good ears in a pinch. 2. If  Hubs asks me if I need a cake in the future I am going to say, “Yes! Don’t eat it!”

Hope everyone had a good Easter!

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6 Responses to The Easter Lamb of 2009

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Your lamb cake is really darling, I just love it! Good Job! I would not have guessed the ears were Peeps, they look really good. Eating the CENTER out of the cake, come on now! He could have at least eaten an edge part so you could leave it more whole. Mike and I had a good Easter. We went over to his parents for lasagna. Weird huh??? Lately Mike’s Mom is on an anti traditional food kick for the holidays. Actually, now that I think about it, it seems like most holidays she wants to make lasagna. Maybe she just REALLY loves lasagna??? Anyway, the lasagna was good and I promised Mike I would make him a Ham soon!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    April 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Sara! Lasagna, huh? I think that is kind of cool. Plus, ham is totally easier to make than lasagna, so she made the meal that was the most work! 🙂

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    It is funny that you mentioned the lasagna was harder to make, I actually thought the same thing. With the ham you just plop it in the oven and poof! The lasagna was in this huge glass baking dish, and with all the ingerdients it probably weighed 6 or 7 lbs. I know it had to take a long time to put together, it was very good! 🙂

  4. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    April 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Don’t think of that as a cake layer, think of it as a carroty donut.

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    April 14, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Ha ha! I will!

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