Friday, September 4, 2009

Farewell Elisa - Red Bull Cake


It seems that my life is full of departures; this time, the lovely Elisa departs sunny Brizvegas for - wait for it - Melbourne (where I have just come from!). Elisa was always only on loan to us, but we will all miss her enormously.

Elisa somehow manages to survive on Red Bull and potato chips (crisps to non-Aussies), yet still stays tiny - maybe it's all of that time on the treadmill and grooving to Madonna.

In honour of Elisa's love of Red Bull, I made her a Red Bull cake, using the recipe from Pandas and Cupcakes. Yes, folks, this cake is an AHDD nightmare - Red Bull, with red food colouring inside and blue and black colouring in the icing. However, I am sure that Elisa will love it, despite its strange resemblance to Marge Simpson's hairdo.

I finished off the decorating with a fudge icing pen for the writing (I can never get these things to write straight, despite having no trouble with piping bags), and red skittles. (Elisa loves American candy, and has been known to travel back from US trips with 42kg worth of it - hope skittles are on the list.)

Here is the cake before frosting, which I made in the cupcake shaped pan given to me by my gorgeous friends at Optus:

I also cross-stitched a card for Elisa:

In honour of her love of Wagamamas (affectionately known as "Waggas" by Elisa), we bought her the Wagamamas cookbook - hope she likes it. It will certainly make a change from her South American/Italian heritage - and the chips!

Good luck in Melbourne chick - we will miss you!!!

19 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I had a bad experience with red Bull but that doesn't stop me from appreciating how truly cool this cake is! hehe well done! I'm sure this will keep her buzzing for a while! :P

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful thing to do for Elisa!!!! I simply love the cake (and love that you compared it to Marge Simpson's hairdo...that's hilarious!!!)

What a thoughtful post in honor of someone so special to your family.:)

pinkstripes said...

a red bull cake? How funny. I'm sure she appreciated it.

Cakelaw said...

LOL Lorraine - I think we'll all be bouncing off the walls all day!

Thanks Jennifer - I still find the blue rather disconcerting, but that is because we are conditioned that food is not blue rather than anything else.

Thanks Wendy - I hope she will.

Brenda said...

Cool cake! I love that it's so striking and it totally grabbed my attention

Miss High Heels said...

What an interesting cake!

Rachel said...

Now that is an intense cake! I think I'm going to get that pan. Cute!

Happy cook said...

Wish i was like elisa, eat everything and stillstay tiny.
Cake looks so nicely decorated and yumm.

The Blonde Duck said...

It's so cute!

isa said...

Beautiful cake!

Ellie said...

Red bull cake!! I have never heard of it. How does it taste? So cool!!!

Ivy said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for all your support. Elisa was very fortunate to have you as a friend.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Brenda - it's red inside to really have you bouncing off the walls.

Thanks Miss High Heels.

Hi Rachel, Isn't it? I am so lucky to have received it as a gift.

Welcome back Happy Cook, yes, I wish I was like Elisa too.

Thanks Duckie!

Thanks Isabelle :)

Hi Ellie, it tastes very much like caramel in a cake. Very sweet! (I imagine it's all the sugar.)

Hi Ivy, Hope you are felling better and are looking after yourself - lovely to have you drop by.

veron said...

What a fantastic cake!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Veronica - bright, but the thought is there.

Peabody said...

Ha! Red Bull in a cake. Did it give you and extra boost?

Cakelaw said...

LOL Peabody - I am not sure if it was the Red Bull, the colouring or a combination of both, but I swear I felt quite "buzzy" after a slice of this.

pandasandcupcakes said...

I wonder why my blog didn't tell me you linked to it :[ Oh well now I saw that someone clicked through so I can say I'm glad to see someone else making the cake! It looks amazing as one giant cupcake!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks for the recipe pandasandcupcakes - it's better than the "Sprite" based version by far, and it tasted really good - an amazingly moist cake.