When I received the recipes for this month by Suzy of Everyday Gourmet I was excited to find a cake recipe as my son’s birthday is just in time for the first Barefoot Contessa Recipe, Birthday Sheet Cake. However, after looking on the food network reviews, I was unsure of the outcome.
Well, I did not make the chocolate frosting per the cake recipe and per another suggestion made it in a regular 9×12 pan and baked it for about 15 minutes longer. Also one suggestion I used,was just using 3/4 tsp of baking soda vs the 1 tsp in the recipe. The result was a moist, dense and lemony cake.
Since I was making it into a golf course I could not use the chocolate frosting but next time I will definitely try it. .
To make the golf course cake, before frosting the cake I cut out the water hazards and bunker areas then added a little layer of frosting inside the cave. Then frost the entire cake in green. Fill the bunkers with graham cracker crumbs and the water with blue gel icing. The cart path was simply white chocolate chips turned upside down.
For the trees I used Ju Ju bees some raised on toothpicks and some placed lower as bushes.
For the golf invitations, I simply used items I already had around the house, green construction paper, mailing labels, toothpicks and markers. To give depth to the golf ball I hole punched a circle out of pop dots and added dots.
I printed out the details onto card stock and simply glued them to the back of the green.
To make the invitations a little nicer, I adorned the envelopes with a little golf motif.
All of this was simple, inexpensive and made with things I found around the house in a pinch.
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