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Poke Cake [Mar. 17th, 2006|08:54 pm]
[mood |sicksick]
[music |The pounding techno beat of my migraine]

Due to ill health, I have spent an even more disproportionate amount of my time idly surfing the web and perusing LJ today. This led me to explore an LJ community snappily titled "bakebakebake." Being a bit of a foodie, I entertained hopes that I might discover some tasty new recipes and culinary tips. Not so. But I was amused by the following recipe for a confection called (wildly optimistically, in my opinion) Poke Cake. The ingredients, if they can be so termed, are :

1 pack white or yellow cake mix (though I'm sure if you wanted to be more creative you could branch out and use pyschedelic pink or ultramarine)
1 pack jello
water as directed on the jello pack
1 container cool whip (which I assume is some kind of synthetic cream product)

I rather lost heart having read down that little list, but I believe the method comprised making-up the cake mix as per the packet directions, using the jello as a filling and then dousing the end result in the cool whip. Perhaps it's just me, but this seems to be stretching the term "baking" to it's uttermost limits. Randomstring has a friend who is currently residing in the States and she assures him that even women who aspire to Martha Stewart levels of domesticity produce similar concoctions. Obviously America does have world class chefs and a perfectly credible national cuisine (of sorts), but I fear that Poke Cake has reinforced some of my worst prejudices concerning vast swathes of the population there. I am currently visualising Homer Simpson munching messily away at a slice inbetween glugs of Duff beer...

[User Picture]From: ravensthorpe
2006-03-18 12:56 am (UTC)
I'd stick with this community, far more relaxing: http://community.livejournal.com/maltloafsociety/
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2006-03-18 12:38 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I have been known to scoff an entire malt loaf in a single sitting - well, it has malt in it, and fruit, so it must be positively healthy...
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-18 02:37 pm (UTC)

I have to recommend

chocolateandzucchini.com for foodie wonderment!

I know some Americans who bake beautifully, but I had to bite my tongue at a party where the hostess was complaining that she spent an hour in the baking aisle of the supermarket reading the cake mix packets because her daughter was allergic to milk. The idea of baking a cake from scratch just hadn't occurred to her.

-Miss Prism
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2006-03-18 04:44 pm (UTC)

Re: I have to recommend

I think it was the generic term "white or yellow cake mix" which most bemused me! They classify cakes by colour rather than variety (sponge, fruit etc)? However, I keep reminding myself that the French Laundry is widely regarded as the best restaurant on the planet, and Anthony Bourdain is a personal hero, so it's not all that bad...

Thanks for the link too.
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[User Picture]From: kissmeforlonger
2006-03-19 11:57 am (UTC)
I dunno - my idea of pizza is: buy packet pizza dough mix, make, pour over decent pasta sauce, top with grated cheese and veg. Not home made by a long stretch of the imagination.
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2006-03-19 05:20 pm (UTC)
But a step up from junk food. Pizza dough is really easy to make - randomstring makes lovely pizza. Besides, I know you CAN cook from scratch very well when you have the time/motivation.

Hope the decorating went OK. We've put up the new curtains and they look great :)
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