Need a birthday recipes!!!
I was wondering if anyone had a tried and true recipe for an almond flavored cake. I have found some online but am a little nervous about baking a recipe unseen and untried. I want to make an almond cake with raspberry filling and with a cream cheese frosting. (Will take suggestions for the frosting too.)
This is for my mother-in-law's 83rd birthday and we are giving her a surprise party next Saturday. She is absolutely a wonderful lady and I want to bake something outstanding. Any recipes are greatly appreciated!!!
Also, we are going to have a cookout with hotdogs and sliders. If there are any recipes for starters we can set out while the grill is warming up, I would appreciate that too!!!!!!! (we are going to have bbq beans, cole slaw, potato salad, deviled eggs) I just want this to be the best day in the world for her. She deserves it!!!!!!!!!
The recipe on the can of Solo almond filling makes a scrumptious cake that keeps very well. Some stores sell it in the baking supplies aisle, some with the kosher/ethnic foods. They also have a number of recipes on their www.solofoods.com website. I'd trust anything from there, or from the Odense (makers of almond paste and marzipan) site.
Can't help you with the cake you want to make but I did just make two cakes from the epicurious site that were both a huge success. Ambrosia cake which was an orange cake with a tangy orange custard and a light merangue frosting and then the whole thing was covered in toasted coconut. Really yummy and impressive looking. The other one was a tropical carrot cake. The cream cheese frosting had coconut cream in it and was outstanding. I made the recipe exactly as instructed but I left out the ginger as I thought too many people would not like that.
For snacks before dinner I just like chips and salsa and guacamole. My fav snack.