Thursday, April 2, 2009

Foodie Friday: Chocolate Cake, Hot Cross Buns, and Blueberry Muffins


The week has sped by, and it's time for another "Foodie Friday."

Before we get started, I wanted to tell you about a new, exciting Friday event. Artie Ben at Color Outside the Lines is launching "Fido Friday" this coming Friday, April 10.

My very own design dog, Mister, will be interviewed by Abby and D. This weekly event will be tremendous fun!

This week's "Foodie Friday" post concerns....
Dressing up Store-Bought Desserts


When I am lost in the tulips, cooking falls by the wayside, and I rely on store-bought goodies to fill our bellies, and to supply myself with carbs.

Today, Dr. Gollum and I hit Publix and Kroger. I found some irresistible hot cross buns, blueberry muffins, and a simple chocolate pound cake.

Then I got busy.

Pansies and whipped cream are the busy cook's bestest friends.





I made mud pies when I was a scruffy kid--and this cake reminds me of rich, dark Louisiana dirt that always made great pies.

The peepers are still here, eyeing the pansies.

I don't know why, but I can't cook while I'm writing. I burn everything. My mind is somewhere else. But! Decorating store-bought food is another story. I love it.



What You Need:

1 "store-bought" chocolate pound cake

Whipped cream -- homemade or Extra Creamy Cool Whip

Organic pansies






The blueberry muffins were adorned with pansies, too.







The hot cross buns didn't need festooning, but I couldn't restrain myself.




Here, the table is loaded with dishes and carbs.


Shopping List:

Chocolate pound cake from Kroger bakery

Hot Cross Buns from Publix bakery

Cool Whip Extra Creamy (or heavy whipping cream)

organic pansies



This week, I'm armed with Slim Jims to fill my belly while I peruse the delicious recipes from the potluck.
If you are participating in this week's "Foodie Friday," add your name (or your blog's name), and the permalink to your "FF" post. If you aren't sure how to do that, click on the title of your "FF" post and then cut/paste the full, permalink address into Mr. Linky's URL slot.

65 comments:

  1. Gollum, This is just beautiful!! And it looks so.. yummy!! I am so busy I don't have time to tablescape or cook. But, I will get back into the swing of things really soon. I hope!
    Hugs, Terrie

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, this post was absolutley gorgeous! I just love the pansies! They really make those dishes eye candy!

    ReplyDelete
  3. everything you do is awesome.These are lovely...Ann

    ReplyDelete
  4. I saw those Hot Cross Buns at my Publix today, too. I did manage to restrain myself, because I usually make some.

    What are you writing? I am a writer, too.

    Scribbler

    ReplyDelete
  5. Gorgeous Michael!!!

    I love decorating food with fresh (edible if you want to) flowers ~ and you've done a spectacular job.

    Wish I could reach through the screen!!
    xo~m.

    ReplyDelete
  6. We don't have Publix and I don't think my Kroger has hot cross buns. You have a way of making the ordinary seem extraordinary! Happy writing and thanks for taking time to host!

    ReplyDelete
  7. mmmmmmm....that chocolate cake looks so rich. I love what you did with the flowers, very pretty. You amaze me with what you can do with food, you have such a talent.
    ~Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a great display of food and table. Pansies are not just for gardens, they're for food. Don't you just love it when your food smiles at you?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Gollum! You are a master at making my mouth water and my eyes take delight in what I see on your blog. Your creations are fabulous and your photos are perfect! Happy F.F. to you and all...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your baked goods look yummy! I love the pansies. The little peepers and bunny are so cute.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The chocolate planters are soooo cute:)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Gollum, Was going to apologize for posting carbs but I guess it's not necessary :) Maybe I should just ship you some pasta instead! Hope your writing is progressing smoothly. Hugs- Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh my good gosh this looks so beautiful. I always get excited when I see you've created a new post.
    Cheers,
    Penny

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gollum, You make Publix and Kroger desserts look like they just stepped out of Bon Appetite magazine! Seriously...and your tablescape looks divine! Totally a super post and very EYE catching! Yummy...the pansies are eye candy too! ;) ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ooh! My favorite - hot cross buns. I have to find some at the bakery this week. Thanks for the reminder. Sally

    ReplyDelete
  16. These are beautiful! You would never guess that these are store bought desserts. And your table looks just gorgeous. What a great combination, eye candy AND carbs! Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  17. I just joined in for another Foodie Friday! When I stopped at the farmer's market this week to pick up some fresh veggies, I knew that I would blog about it on Foodie Friday....there's nothing like fresh vegetables!

    Judy

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your food looks too pretty to eat! I don't think that will stop me though, do you?

    ReplyDelete
  19. Those pastries just became more delicious! The deep purple pansies are so beautiful! Nice choice to pretty up the desserts!

    I think I'll plant some pansies so I can something like that!

    I'll join in on the fun at Texas midnight...

    ReplyDelete
  20. My goodness you are talented. You've made me want to run to Costco and get there chocolate cake and drape it with pansies and dallop it with whip cream. Your photographs are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh, my apologies...I haven't yet posted my NEW foodie for tomorrow. The one you saw was an old post. The new post (to come) was from the Darling Bakers Spring Fling, that you may have missed since I posted late to the event. sorry for the mix up.

    I think this beautiful, delicate, sliced cake with cascading whip cream and petite Pansies is such a creative presentation. I hope you share this with the DB's.

    Sweet Wishes,
    Sara

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh goodness, that chocolate cake looks sooooo good, but all I'd be allowed to eat would be the pansies!
    Carbs are beautiful, delicious and evil! LOL...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful pictures Gollum...as they say...presentation is very important when it comes to food!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I just finished dinner and now I'm so wanting some chocolate! That looks delicious. I can't believe you were able to decorate that food and take pictures of it before you ate it! Oh, I wish I had that kind of willpower! laurie

    ReplyDelete
  25. The chocolate cake looks decadent! What a wonderful way to decorate without all the mess of tubes and frosting!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I swear, I have never seen ANYONE who could take a store bought cake and make it look like a MILLION bucks! You are amazing and Dr. and Bandwith are the LUCKY recipients! You are also SOOOO inspiring to all of us! Thanks so much, G. Love, Pinky

    ReplyDelete
  27. Everything looks blue-ribbon-licious!

    m ^..^

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is beautiful! I love pansies...especially the ones with the little faces. Everything looks yummy and so Springy! :-) susan

    ReplyDelete
  29. Gollum, that is an amazing tablescape, and that chocolate cake... oh YUM! Storebought or not, it looks divine! Love the daffodils in the bunny baskets, the pansies decoraing the food, the birds looking at the pansies, and the whole post! The colors are so pretty.

    Best in your writing. :-)

    Happy Foodie Friday and thanks for hosting us. I actually "fixed" something. Now, this "something" I "fixed" is questionable at best, but hey, I tried!!!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, how marvelous all of your food looks and to think it came from the grocery store! The pansies are so sweet tiptoeing all over your food! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love the way you can decorate store bought food and make it look so elegant! Those pansies make it look so fresh and yearning for Spring.
    I linked earlier at #25 but was lost somehow...don't know what I did wrong:(

    ReplyDelete
  32. I will check Mr. Linky and see what's up.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Gollum, this is darling, I love your bowls and all those pansies are just down right "happy"..what inspiration... hugs ~lynne~

    ReplyDelete
  34. Oh, my goodness, Gollum! I messed up somehow on my first link! So if you have time, you may want to delet it! I'm such a dummy! I put the right one in again.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    ReplyDelete
  35. I forgot to ask: where did you get the adorable faux chocolate bunny planters??? They are wonderful! Pinky

    ReplyDelete
  36. Shelia, I fixied it. Pinky--I found them at Kroger. Kroger also had a HUGE peep, stuffed, and I was dead for him, but Dr. G said it's the bunnies or the peep. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  37. You are an artist in all ways DG....

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love the pansies on your cake! Those are edible too! First time I ate a flower in front of my granddaughter the look on her face was priceless!
    Thanks again for another beautiful FF!

    ~Really Rainey~

    ReplyDelete
  39. This is beautiful & something that even I could manage to do! ☺ Diane

    ReplyDelete
  40. Happy Friday Gollum! These all look so yummy! I love the pansies. They were my mother's favorite flowers and remind me of her! She always said they had "happy little faces". Thank you so much for visting our blog and your lovely comments about our "pint sized chef" Madison and her video! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Karyn, The Bloom Girls

    ReplyDelete
  41. * GG~ The very first day my "big Sister" (& my ,ONLY sibling) went to school I cried...and cried... and CRIED! I wanted to go with WITH her. My wonderful Mom took me to a nursery (the FLOWER kind!) & bought tons n' tons of "happy, smiling pansies". We spent the entire morning & early afternoon planting them. It's one of MY FAVORITE & FONDEST MEMORIES of our always wonderful "one-on-one" times together (at least before I was old enough to start SHPPING with her!!! Smiles!!!)~~~ SO, I THANK YOU for the memories~~~ this is SOOOOOOOO DELIGHTFUL!!!!!! XOXO, Linda

    ReplyDelete
  42. Holy cow, M, you are such an artist! You've made these store-bought desserts look absolutely beautiful! And yummy!
    But wait, I thought you'd sworn off carbs? I knew it couldn't last!

    Justine :o )

    ReplyDelete
  43. I will be stealing this pansie ideal for a upcoming shower...thanks and I look forward to fido Fridays!

    ReplyDelete
  44. This is as lovely as any magazine spread I have seen for food. I lvoe it!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great Scott...this is just beautiful, Gollum. I do hope you plan to do a book using all your foodie photos..they are always so beautiful. This is just STUNNING!
    Everything you touch, even pizza, turns out fabulous and so special. No wonder Dr. Gollum loves you so much....

    ReplyDelete
  46. It all looks so fabulous and delicous. Especially those hot cross buns.

    amy@maisonbelle

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a delight to come here, always. So pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I swear you could make a Swanson Pot Pie look beautiful! I love the pansies, they are one of my favorite flowers and so cheerful. Your new header is lovely too. Now pass the cake!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Isn't it amazing what pansies can do to make food "sing" with SPRING! A beautiful post...wish I had a piece of that cake right now!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love, love, love all the pansies decorating your baked goods! You definitely know how to turn ordinary into spectacular. What a great way to think outside of the box (the one that the goods came in!) ;)

    ReplyDelete
  51. It's amazing what a pansy will do to seemingly any dish. I love it and the memories attached to it (:

    ReplyDelete
  52. You are so amazing and I love to come and visit. I love the pansy decorated food. You are another Sandra Lee.

    Have A Fabulous Friday
    From Roberta Anne
    The Raggedy Girl.

    ReplyDelete
  53. What a feast for the eyes and tummy. You do so many beautiful things and are such an inspiration to me. Sigh..I guess you will be on the Lipitor with me. Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  54. ok, just for you i posted this ff, but sadly you have to wade thru loads of garden pics...

    been a wild day so far and on pins and needles waiting for the call~

    you know i am duely impressed with your food and should be taking your route too, but i never even make it to the grocery store! love it all~

    off to make cookies, JUST LIKE YOURS! oolala~

    ReplyDelete
  55. I love how the pansies "cute" everything up. I've done that for years and everyone gets a kick out of it. I'm off to check out the rest of the bunch. Happy Friday! ~ Robyn

    ReplyDelete
  56. Oh, they're all just so gorgeous. I love to decorate up a cake, and you have done a fabulous job of really makeing the store-bought look gourmet pastry chef. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  57. My very favorite photos involve the whipped cream cascading down the side of the dark chocolate cake. Unbelievably beautiful AND mouthwatering. Can't wait for Fido Fridays .... I may have to borrow my daughter's Maltese, Sammy!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Your post is gorgeous as always! Oh the things you can do to storebought food! I love the chocolate flower pots and the faberge plates are to die for. Beautiful...all of it! Thanks for being such a gracious host!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Mrs Gollum you made my mouth water. The spring colors and the delicious were simply lovely! I love using pansie's and Johnny jump ups as a dessert decor when we have them in bloom. The pretty daffodils in the little bunny baskets are precious. I am sure hungry for a slice of chocolate pound cake!:-)

    ReplyDelete
  60. Gosh, Gollum, this is such a beautiful post! Yummy, EASY food, great decorations for the eyes! And it all looks so beautiful with the dishes you chose. Stunning!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

    ReplyDelete
  61. Looks wonderful, and pretty table. I am trying to reconstruct my list of Favorites & Feeds (due to a computer that died). I kept trying to find you under Gollum Designs. I was in the kitchen trying to decide whats for dinner, and the "light bulb" came on and I remembered Designs by Gollum. I guess food and Foodie Friday made me remember. Anyway, you are back on my list of blogs. :-)
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    Glenda

    ReplyDelete
  62. WAY too pretty to eat! Maybe I can just sit an stare at them with my morning coffee!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Hi, I only found your 'Foodie Friday' through Cindy's blog 'My Romantic Home' on Sunday. This is a lovely idea and a good way to swap recipes. Better late than never ;P

    ReplyDelete

There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails