Special Occasions

German Chocolate Cake
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Triple Chocolate Celebration Cake
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In order to make the Triple Chocolate Celebration Cake, you must be very very ambitious, read the recipe carefully a few times, order the transfers weeks in advance and *not* in the summer!  You must have plenty of time and patience to prepare and assemble this cake.  It's spectacular and the results are totally worth the work required! The picture above is a slice of the Celebration Cake our daughter-in-law, Tara prepared.  It was spectacular!  I have made this cake three times now, and recommend that you purchase the "transfers" and not try to improvise as I did one time!  Best wishes! and bon appétit!!

Chocolate Transfer Sheets (for stamping the side of the Celebration cake!)
Cake transfers are plastic sheets that have designs printed on them and you take the plastic sheets and press them to the smoothly frosted side of the cake
and the pattern or design is "printed" on the side of the cake.    It's really quite impressive.  It's very simple---but not necessarily "easy!"

You can see the chocolate being poured onto the sheet and the *offset* spatula used to smooth the chocolate evenly
over the transfer sheet;  once evenly coated, you then chill the sheet *briefly* and then lay it  against the side of the cake
and gently press and peel off the plastic revealing the print on the side of the cake. 
(I will attempt to remember to take a pic of the finished cake next time!  We have no close-ups of the cakes!)

Order Transfer Sheets online.  Most require a "minimum" amount purchased (5 sheets or so) and they cost around $5 a sheet.
Sugarcraft.com         sugarcraft.com/catalog/candies/transferinfo   
(Transfer Sheets!)


Carrot Cake   Wassail Punch

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This is an Old Recipe for the tastiest Carrot Cake you'll ever bake!
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Wassail Punch
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
8 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsps whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

Heat orange juice, lemon juice, apple cider, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks in large sauce pan until sugar dissolves.
Pour into warmed punch bowl. Garnish with thin slices of lemon or apple.    Yield: 12 servings

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