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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chocolate Harvest Cake

This elegant chocolate cake is a showstopper
wherever it goes.  It takes a few steps, but
none of the steps are hard. 

Add this to your Fall recipes.

My sister Joni at Red Couch Recipes moved from
 California years ago and was now closer to me.

While in California she and her husband lived with her
husband's uncle, Uncle Bill.  Uncle Bill and Joni would
watch the Martha Stewart Show and then they would
have "Martha Stewart Day".  They would make things
they saw on the show. 

When Joni came here, she and I started to do
"Martha Stewart Day".  This Harvest Cake was
featured in a magazine and we decided to make it.
Now we make it every year.

Joni and I got together this Fall to make one.  We
decided to post it on the same day.

Tips for a Showstopper Cake

1.  Make 3 layers (1 1/2 recipes so it is tall)
2.  Line bottom of pan only with parchment 
paper.  Don't grease sides.  This       
lets the cake rise evenly.  Run knife  
around pan edge when baked and   
cooled for 10 minutes.  Turn out on 
cooling rack.
3.  Wait until cake is cooled to frost!!!      
4.  Make sure frosting and filling are soft   
   enough to spread.  If your cake starts
      to fall apart as you spread the frosting,  
  stop and add a little more liquid, only
1/2 tablespoon at a time.
5.  Spread filling to within 1/2 inch of the
 edge, otherwise it will squeeze out.
 6.  Use 3-4 bamboo skewers to hold all 
3 layers together, cutting so that  
they don't show above the top    
7.  Cover cake with a crumb coat.      
Use a flat metal spatula.     
8.  Frost sides first, then top, place     
 a knife full of frosting about mid-
way up the side, then slide the   
frosting almost to the bottom,  
then spread frosting up and let
it extend above the top just a  
bit so when you frost the top  
 you have a lip to meet up with. 
9.  When you have covered it with   
frosting, use the back of a spoon
     to add the desired texture and swirls.

Harvest Cake Recipe
3 layers chocolate cake, using your favorite recipe

(Hint, if you have time, your cake will be more
moist if you place each cooled layer in a ziploc
bag and place in the freezer overnight.  It also
makes it easier to cover with the crumb coating.

1 recipe Chocolate Butter Cream
1 recipe Chocolate Ganache
2 -  7 oz. tubes Marzipan
(Hint, squeeze the prepared marzipan tubes
before purchasing to make sure they are
fresh and soft.)
Paste Food Coloring
Cocoa Powder
Powdered Sugar

On desired cake plate, put a few tablespoons buttercream
to anchor the cake.  Lay one cake, top side down, cover
with a thick layer of buttercream, stopping 1/2 inch away
from edge.  Top with second layer, bottom side down,
cover with buttercream.  (Trim the top of this layer if
necessary to make it level.)  Top with final layer, bottom
side down.  Cover with chocolate buttercream, making it
smooth.  Frost with chocolate ganache.

Decorate with marzipan fruit and vegetables.  Dust with
powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

Chocolate Buttercream
3/4 C. softened butter
4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 T. water ( add more if necessary)

Beat all ingredients with your mixer in a large
bowl.  Add water slowly and add additional if
needed.  Frosting needs to be soft and fluffy.

Chocolate Ganache
3 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. heavy whipping cream

Heat the cream just until bubbles form around the edge.
Place the chips in a bowl and pour the cream over the
chips.  Stir until melted.  Continue to stir until it is the
consistency of frosting.

Marzipan Pumpkins and Fruit

7 oz. tube marzipan (found in your baking aisle)
paste food coloring (found at craft stores)

Pinch off desired amount of marzipan and use the
paste coloring to color it.  It is nice to use gloves
while doing this so your hands don't get colored.

Shape the fruit and vegetables, using toothpicks to
add detail.  Curl the vines around toothpicks.

Wouldn't this be fabulous on your Thanksgiving

Give this recipe a try for the Fall. 

I will be posting this on

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Safety Warning - Especially for Witches

Just a little warning for all you witches out there,
especially flying at night.

Happy Happy Halloween
Say Goodbye Beaulah
until next year!
(Sent to me by my friend Barb.)

Come join the Tablescaper for the last of
Halloween Fun at
Halloween Sunday.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breakfast With The Witches - Cinnamon Stuffed French Toast

Halloween fun is almost done!
Our family all hopped on our brooms and flew over to
Gardner Village to join the witches for
a fun, song and dance filled breakfast.

Now come join us while we make breakfast.

This is a family photo we took at Breakfast With The Witches.
(The witch 2nd from the right doesn't belong to us,
don't know where she came from!)

Breakfast is a big deal at Purple Chocolat Home
for weekends and holidays,
but I am not the resident chef for breakfast.

Meet our scary cook.
This spooky character is my hubby.  He
specializes in breakfast any time of year.
Stuffed French Toast is one of his specialties.

He has been either the Scout Master or the
Young Men's President in our church for
about 20 years and he loves to teach the
young men how to cook, usually breakfast
foods or dutch oven foods.

When making the sandwich for the french toast
 this time of year, just be careful nothing crawls in!

Stuffed French Toast Recipe

1 loaf good quality bread
4  eggs
1/2 C. milk
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

filling ingredients:
vanilla frosting
Using 2 slices of bread, make a sandwich with
the frosting and a dusting of cinnamon.

Lightly beat the eggs, add milk, sugar, vanilla and
cinnamon.  Dip the sandwich into the egg mix.
Toast on a buttered griddle until lightly brown
on both sides.  The filling should be all melted
inside.  Top with whipped cream and syrup.

"French toast, Madame?"

"Of course darling. 
Would you top it with
a little whipped cream and bananas?"

"My compliments to the chef.  Fabulous!"

Sorry, he was just a little too friendly for Halloween!

We really do get scarier every year, and bigger too.
Happy Halloween
from our family to yours.

Fly on over to Foodie Friday
for more food fun. Michael Lee West always
has lots of foodie goodies at her blog party.

Beverly at Pink Saturday  is hosting any color
post celebrate Halloween.  Fly on over there too. 

Our last flight is to The Tablescaper for

Beaulah and all her witch friends want to
thank you for spending all of October with her.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well Heeled Halloween Buffet

Halloween is
nearly here!

Purple Chocolat Home always decorates the island for
holidays.  When we entertain it is often buffet style around this
island, so it is fun to have a lush decoration and we love to keep it
that way all season.

One fun thing about having a signature color is that your loved
ones always can pick things out for you or encourage you to buy
certain things.

When Joni and I got together to have Zoulah and Beaulah
cook, we spent as much time shopping.  I came home with
more items such as these gorgeous wave edged purple plates.

While I was buying these fun boots in fabulous purple and black

My sister Jean in Texas was buying me this gorgeous
sparkling purple boot.  She filled it with lavendar and purple
Hershey's kisses.  I had to kiss her for that great gift.

You may have noticed that purple is now a popular color
for Halloween, so we are loving that.

Lay down some sheer cloth and just start gathering
your favorite items. 

I love this Halloween pedestal cake platter.  This is
another goodie I bought while visiting Joni.

This fun witch's hat is lined in purple.

Even purple spiders hanging off all kinds of accessories.

A little bling-bling on some black candles
that my niece picked out for me.

Of course, the opulent purple feathered witch hat.  I had to
buy a couple of these since Drewcilla got one and I
needed one for me.

                                                          I threw in a few ceramic spook houses

And finish it off with black spider web hung from the
chandeliers.  Just be sure the candles and spider web
don't meet!

What else would you serve with this buffet but Wicked

Next year everything will move around to new spots
and maybe a few new things will be added.

I can't wait to share this with


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Party- Disney Style

Thanks Beth for hosting this Pumpkin Party.
We love Halloween here at Purple Chocolat Home.
We have been partying this week and wanted
to share it with you.

For those of you who haven't heard - Mickey Mouse hosts

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Beaulah knows she is going to have to go
in storage in a few days so she wanted to
fly off to Florida

and be part of the big Mickey Halloween Party.
She polished her diamond tooth so she was ready to go.

Now if you haven't ever been to Mickey's Halloween
Party, which I hadn't, this is
one you might want to schedule in next year. 
The Magic Kingdom closes at
7:00 and reopens for those who have purchased
tickets to the party. (They actually let you start
coming at 4:00.)   Many come dressed in costume. Of
course I did!

Everyone, young and old is given a bag to
go trick or treating with.  We focused on the rides while
everyone else was focusing on the trick or treating.
Little did we know that they kept handing out handfuls,
yes I said handfuls, of treats at each station until
midnight so by the time we were sick of rides we
went trick or treating.  I haven't been trick or treating
since I was little and let me tell you, it was a lot of fun.

We also spent some time at Universal Studios.  Their pumpkin
displays were fantastic!  I would love to do my front gate
like this - maybe next year.

How about these trees at Universal?

Wouldn't this be fun, filling your trees with pumpkins that
all light up at night.  So many ideas, so little time!


But back to Mickey's Party...

The fireworks show and parade at the Magic Kingdom
 features the villains this time of year and all of their villainous music. 
It was really exceptional.  I wanted to share a little of it
with you.  I am just like a little kid when it comes to fireworks
and Disney really knows how to do it up right.

From before you even walk through the turnstiles,
everything is decorated.  One of the things I liked the best was
that they had enormous fog machines going by the Haunted
Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.  The air was filled with
fog which was colored by lights, it was very festive.

How eery they can make the castle!
I don't know how many times it changed colors all night

I've never been to a party like this, but I sure plan
to attend again.  You don't even have to wait for an invitation,
you can invite yourself.

Of course, we had to carve our own pumpkins at home.

Left to right - Mummy, Man in the Moon, Minnie Mouse
and Edward and Bella.

Can you guess which one I did?

No, it wasn't Minnie, but she sure is cute.
(Hint - I carved it at Twilight.)

Hope you enjoyed our Pumpkin Party

Hop on over to Beth's Pumpkin Party at
Food as Art.  You will find a lot of fun


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