Thursday, March 4, 2010

Foodie Friday: Bloggers Are Cooking!

If you are looking for an easy dessert for St. Patrick's Day, you must be at Gollum's house, right? Gollum, the uncrowned Cool Whip Queen.
Well, it's not that I deliberately take the easy way out...
Actually, I do. All the time. My mother had a full time job, and so do I, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun in the kitchen.
This cake is truly easy and will be sure to please your guests.


The tulips are there to show off.

This is the second cake I made for Foodie Friday. The first (store-bought) was consumed before I gilded it.

Good Luck Cake for St. Patrick's Day

1 angel food cake
Extra Creamy Cool Whip
green food coloring
organic clover (or whatever is available). Clover Disclaimer: My research turned up conflicting reports about the clover. Many reports claim the lemony, slightly bitter oxalis is edible in small quantities and it is used in salads as a garnish; other articles warn against eating large quantities of oxalis. Pets should never eat oxalis. I was going to plant my clover, but I wouldn't dare put Mister (or wild rabbits) at risk! Just to be safe, use clover as a decorative garnish only and advise your guests to remove it, though if your guests are like mine, they will do it automatically with lots of eye-rolling.
Place a small juice glass in the center of the cake. Mix food coloring right in the whipped topping tub. Spread topping all over cake. Place tulips in the vase.


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The drawing for the 12" copper pan will be this Tuesday. So if you'd like to throw your name into the hat again, leave me a message, using the words "COPPER PAN."
You are in for a treat this Foodie Friday. This week's recipes are fabulous, as always, with something for everyone. Try the "cake shooters" at Stone Gable, for starters. If you need recipes for lasagne, granola, soup, or darling puff pastry cutouts (barnacles and lobsters), you'll find them in the links (below).

If this is your first time to share a recipe, you can read about Mr. Linky right Here. If you know the routine, Mr. Linky awaits your permalink, name, and recipe title.

80 comments:

  1. Beautiful cake, Michael! I'm going to remember the glass idea, for the cake center.

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  2. That cake looks so damn beautiful that it's nearly breathtaking!!! If I put something like that on the table my whole family would keep over at once... possibly landing in a huge copper pan. And quite possibly be stabbed by a treble clef knife.

    Did you get my emails? I got my loot!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  3. I too am going to use that idea with the glass for the cake centre. Thank you so much for sharing it and for another opportunity to win the COPPER POT!!!!

    Thanks also for hosting Foodie Friday again.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha.

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  4. Michael, that is just so pretty! I bought supermarket tulips today too- they were irresistable! Hope you had a good visit with your mom
    xoxo Pattie

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  5. Hi, this is one of the most adorable cakes I have ever seen, We are going to be traveling for awhile but I really hope I have time to make this its so lovely.
    xoxo
    PS, Oliver is sleeping he tried to stay up to post his link but he couldn't make it LOL, I told him I would post it for him if he fell asleep which of course he did. he just loves Foodie Friday's. I'll have him visit your post tomorrow before he goes to school so he can see the cake!

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  6. Those tulips are perfect! It sounds as if you are lucky they didn't eat the tulips too :). Can't wait for the copper pan drawing!

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  7. It's a beauty Michael! Please pass me a large piece to share with my DH. LOL, like I would share dessert with anyone!

    Candy

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  8. Organic clover? You obviously live someplace I don't:) Sometimes I have a hard time finding fresh basil! This looks amazing, love the tulips. A little Creme de Menthe would be good mixed in that Cool Whip!

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  9. Oh my, I'm in love with this cake! Mostly because it has Oxalis, one of my favorite plants!!! Just gorgeous :)

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  10. That cake is gorgeous! You are so clever. I'm going to remember that one.

    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!

    Jane

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  11. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing. I hope to get back on the Foodie bandwagon again soon. :0)

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  12. this is a great knock myself up the head moment- using a vase inside the hole- so simple but makes a big impression. I like the idea of the creme de menthe added as well that someone else suggested. thanks for another opp to win the copper pan.

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  13. That cake is beautiful and sooo easy to make. I would love to hear more about your copper pan that you mentioned. Love give aways-would love to win.

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  14. This cake is adorable and I love the tulips.

    Oh, and COPPER PAN!!!!

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  15. I would luuurve the copper pan, love your blog as well :)

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  16. Gorgeous CAKE! I love it!!
    AND COPPER PAN!!!!!!!!
    Happy Foodie Friday!

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  17. Awesome is the word! I am so green with envy! lol This takes the cake! lol

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  18. What a great idea to put flowers in the middle! Stunning!
    I would love to win the COPPER POT too!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz

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  19. You're my kinda gal! Thank you for helping me "think outside the box". So easy and beautiful! Just my style!(just like the copper pan)

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  20. What a great idea to use a juice glass for the flowers. So pretty! I would love to get a chance to win the copper pan!...Christine

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  21. Evening, Dear Gollum Micheal Lee! There you go again...being fabulous! This cake is so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  22. I don't know where you found such lovely little clovers, but I'm in love! One of my children is a St. Patrick's Day baby, so it's a fun day at our house.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  23. I bow to you, Cool Whip Queen! That is one gorgeous presenation, My Queen!

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  24. This is just beautiful and so simple! And clever...and it looks delicious too! You are amazing!

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  25. I think I already threw my hat into the ring but just in case.....I would LOVE to win the COPPER PAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the look of your cake! YOu are the Cool Whip Queen for sure:):)

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  26. As always, you make everything look grand! I have put in Chicken Pot Pie....pure comfort food.

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  27. Wow!!! What a beautiful cake, love the tulips...... you are so creative. It is a gorgeous presentation, and I love Cool Whip also.
    ....thanks you for sharing and have a Happy Foodie Friday.

    Erica

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  28. It looks so fantastic! I just baked a "simply" carrot cake that unfortunately had to go in the garbage!! I want to learn this!!!!

    Enjoy!

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  29. Hi Michael!

    COPPER PAN!!

    OMG! I am so stealing this idea!!! this is so beautiful and such a wonderful "show stopper" cake to show up at some get together with!!

    And, once again.....COPPER PAN!! :)

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  30. I have been to Ireland before my brother was living there. But now he lives in Spain.

    Well I know they will be happt for the nice cake you made. MB

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  31. What an absolutely beautiful cake!! Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!

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  32. The cake is gorgeous. Love the way you decorated. The tulips are beautiful.

    Carol

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  33. Brilliant! Flowers in the center!!!
    That is gorgeous Michael.
    xoxo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  34. My family would probably faint if I ever made anything that pretty!

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  35. This cake is so beautiful, it's hard to believe it's so easy! Yes, I'm interested in the COPPER PAN :).

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  36. How pretty this simple cake looks, Michael! Your photos are divine.
    You should write up a post about your camera & backgrounds & make it a permanent part of your blog so folks like me won't keep asking you again & again. LOL Maybe you have & I just haven't found it yet. I thought I went to each & every post you've ever made just to learn & drool.

    We have similar Fostoria American cake pedestals...mine is the square version though. True heirloom treasures made right here in America!

    Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday each week. Its lots of fun & very informative, too.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  37. I am glad everyone appreciates the hidden juice jar idea. I never would have come up with that one. THe copper pan also sounds wonderful. I enjoy FF!

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  38. Oh Happy Foodie Friday !
    I love, love , love YOUR CAKE !

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  39. The Luck o' the Irish surely will be with me if I eat a piece of this cake!

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  40. Here I am, drooling all over everything over that beautiful cake. Did you cook it in a copper pan with a treble clef handle on the side??:O)
    This is just beautiful..and I love the idea of placing the little glass in the cake to hold the flowers. C.O.O.L.

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  41. That cake looks like it came from a fancy bakery! And yes I would LOVE to win the copper pan ... count me in! Thank you for hosting.

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  42. Love the cake. It is beautiful. It serves a dual purpose as both delicious to the taste and breathtaking to the eye. A dessert and centerpiece in one. Brilliant!!
    COPPER PAN!!

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  43. What a pretty cake!
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  44. Your cake is beautiful. I wouldn't want to cut into it. I would love to be the winner of the COPPER PAN:)

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  45. Totally gorgeous. Now to find edible clover!

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  46. Michael...your semi-homemade cake is gorgeous. Store-bought angel food cake is a great time-saving tool :)

    Oh, and please throw me in for the copper pot :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

    P.S. And, thank-you for hosting each week. I LOVE Foodie Friday ;)

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  47. What a beautiful cake for St. Patti's Day! A very classy alternative to green eggs and ham or green beer. Please pick me as the lucky one to win that COPPER PAN. I've never had the opportunity to cook with copper, but I love to admire it's beautiful shine in Williams Sonoma storefronts.

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  48. beautiful cake!!! i did my first foodie friday link up today~it seems to be working to get me here...i hope i did it correctly! :) fun fun
    pretty please and thank you add me to the copper pot reallywantitsobadly drawing.
    have a lovely day~
    danica

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  49. That cake is really beautiful! I love the tulips in the middle - what a great idea!
    I am leaving a you with this thought, whipsered in your ear: copper pan, copper pan, please let me win the copper pan!
    Have a great weekend!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  50. Thanks for hosting this event time and after time -- I don't know how you working ladies do it all! Your cake is so pretty! That Sandra Lee has nothing on you for "dolling up" store bought food, Honey.

    Scribbler

    P.S. I'd love to win that Copper Pan!

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  51. Great idea to put a vase in the hole of the cake. Don't know why I never considered that before.

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  52. Gollum, that is one GORGEOUS cake. The Cool Whip certainly made it look frothy. I love the way you iced it. Just so pretty! And the clover and tulips are the perfect finishing touches.

    As to the clover, I've never heard about it being dangerous. Yikes! When we were little, we had clover all over the yard, and a white pet bunny that lived to be quite old who munched on clover all the time. Red clover is actually an herb that herbalists use for promoting circulatory health, so maybe eating too much would be bad. As I recall, Daddy grew red clover for a cover crop when I was small. Can't remember if his cattle ate it or not.

    Thanks for the heads up. I'm glad to know this for when I get another puppy. My last two ate EVERYTHING including rocks. I'll have to make sure a new pup won't snack on rocks or clover!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  53. P.S. Check out the pattern called the Compleat Angler and another called Birds of Brittain. They have casserole dishes that go wish. ;-)

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  54. Beautiful cake. Looking forward to 'winning' that copper pan...thinking positive here. Wish I had a slice of your SP cake with a nice cup of coffee.

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  55. Who knew?....I have got to get some green food coloring and make this, it is so pretty.
    Shucks, angel food cake,green food color, fat free cool whip and some beautiful flowers and you've "got it made",
    Seems easy enuff, and what a presentation!....
    And I think I'll mix up the green food color and cool whip real fast in a guess what? copper pot!

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  56. p.s. I meant copper pan,copper pan, copper pan.

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  57. It looks absolutely breaktaking! I'm not a big cake fan, usually, but I DO like angel food cake! I think I had forgotten that; its been so long since I had any!

    I have a little girl about to turn 2; perhaps I could do this simple cake for her!

    I'd love to win the copper pan!

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  58. That cake is GORGEOUS!
    I can see why you had to make two of them!

    The clover is so delicate... really ~ just so pretty.

    I'm with Sue (someone's Mom) ~ Creme de Menthe would be a great addition!
    Thank you for sharing such a great dessert idea and for all the work you do hosting this incredible weekly event!
    I'll bet my Chinese stir-fry would turn out even better if I had used a COPPER PAN!
    Have a sweet weekend ~ Maria

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  59. Really super gorgeous cake!
    I forgot to add what I was linking to on the Mister Linky. It should read Seaside Simplicity (The Tamale Pie Experiment!)
    Have a great weekend :-)

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  60. Copper pan, copper pan, copper pan.... :)

    That cake is a stunner. I'm on a miserable diet and you have me beating my head againsit the computer screen.

    Oh, to have one bite, and another, and another...

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  61. Copper pan, copper pan, copper pan.... :)

    That cake is a stunner. I'm on a miserable diet and you have me beating my head againsit the computer screen.

    Oh, to have one bite, and another, and another...

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  62. It's the 'other' Maria again ;o)

    Just stopping back to thank you for your fun comments, Michael Lee...
    and to tell you how truly blessed you are to still have your mother.

    I love your mother-daughter dialogues

    Have a relaxing weekend~ Maria

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  63. How how gorgeous, and how simple! You are at a master at making store-bought look so special! laurie

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  64. Ditto what Laurie said..Who'd believe that was a store cake and cool whip! Like the magic of TV!
    And why is everyone mentioning your copper pan? :)
    The glasses arrived today, thank you so much!

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  65. Only you could make clovers look beautiful! :) That is one gorgeous cake!
    Mickey

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  66. This is just the prettiest thing I've ever seen! I buy white tulips every time I see them.

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  67. Hi,
    Your desserts always look so appetizing and pretty. The best part is easy. Love the tulips in
    the center, I just bought some lovely yellow tulips today that would great in a new copper pan ;)
    Seriously love your blog!!!

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  68. You have the most beautiful blog! I am glad I found it!

    Your cake is beautiful...I can't believe that's cool whip.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  69. Michael, I think this may be the prettiest green cake I've ever seen. It looks delicious! I love the idea of putting the fresh tulips in the center and the shamrocks in the icing. This cake would give anyone the "luck of the Irish".
    Thanks for sharing this idea, sweet freind!

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  70. Michael, I'm back to mention the Treble Clef set. I keep forgetting that I need to mention them in my post. I want every chance I can get to put my name in the hat for these! LOL

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  71. You have and created so many beautiful things Michael. I had a chance to learned that you are also a writer. I am very impressed and very glad to have the chance to meet you.

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  72. The cake looks so good. Just love your blog. Put me in for the copper pan.

    Willow

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  73. Can I have a slice of the cake...please...


    Mr.Goodwill Hunting
    http:g-w-hunting.blogspot.

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  74. Michael Lee, your tables are always stunning and your desserts look so professional. Nice job. Can't wait for the copper pan giveaway.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  75. I absolutely adore your food beauties and the photos make me smile! I love that you focus on the simple and yet add in such love and flair! It makes everything beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gift, your love of food and beauty with us! luv Jenn

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  76. Whoa, this is seriously pretty and can be done for any occasion! Thank you for the idea!

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  77. well, how stinkin' beautiful is that cake??!!!! I am going to try that! Cake, flowers and all!! Thank you, thank you!
    Pink Hugs,
    Dee

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