Living My Best Life
I have been keeping this to myself for weeks.. I was given an amazing opportunity to make a cake for an amazing person who I have been a fan of since I heard his first song on the radio back in 1993. Have you guessed who it is yet?
So before I tell you who it is… don’t scroll down!! ;) My older sister Heather works for an amazing Director/Producer… all around talented man named Je’Caryous Johnson. Mr. Johnson currently is producing a play called Redemption of a Dogg. This play features Tamar Braxton, Omar Gooding, Demetria McKinney and many other amazing stars and of course… have you guessed it yet? Snoop Dogg! Yes SNOOP DOGG y’all! At first the plan was to just to go to the play which my husband and I were more than happy to attend. We are both fans and the reviews have been great as well. The play focuses on a man’s internal struggle between fame and fortune vs. faith and family.
I was talking to my good friend Jenny about the amazing opportunity we had to see the play and she said casually “too bad you can’t make a cake and bring it to Snoop.” I immediately said “I know that would be cool”. On my way home I thought to myself why can’t I make a cake for the great Snoop Dogg and the rest of the cast. I know my cakes are amazing and I know they would enjoy it!
I am always saying one of my motto’s is #HUSTLE, if you want it you have to be bold and go for it. Snoop is always saying "live your best life!" I decided to ask Heather, if that was something that I could do. I got the go ahead and I started planning and designing a few options for the cake.
Heater sent me some pictures of the ads for the play and then she sent me a picture of herself with Snoop in a choir robe that he wears near the end of the play and I knew exactly how the cake would look.
Snoop recently came out with a gospel album named Bible of Love, if you haven’t downloaded it as soon as you are done reading this post go and get it. I love so many of the songs that are on that album, they are catchy and the messages are so positive. It is a great Sunday album to listen to, and just about any other day of the week.
With the design set and finding out the cake that Snoop prefers we were off and running. I baked an amazing yellow cake recipe that I swear by! I got it a few years ago from Add A Pinch. She mastered this cake which is harder than it looks to get right. I will include her recipe with a link at the end of the blog. I filled the cake with my favorite chocolate frosting. I worked for over a year to get it just right and I love it! You will find it at the end of the post.
I blinged out some crosses and letters for the tops and sides of the cake and wrapped the cake in a 4 row rhinestone band. I am so happy with the way it all worked out. I always get so nervous with my cakes to be honest. I always make a side cupcake so I can try them and make sure they are going to taste as good as they look.
A cake can look amazing but if it doesn’t taste good them what is the point really. I look at cake and giving others a cake as an expression of love, that is why I say “love you can eat”. Cake is always given with good intent, at least from my experience. I was excited to give a cake to Snoop Dogg because I have admired not only his music but also his charitable efforts to make the community around him better.
The play was being performed at Warner Theatre in downtown DC. I don’t think I have ever been so nervous about transporting a cake. We got there dropped off the cake and grabbed a quick bite at Ollie’s Trolley, it s a great dive that serves the most amazing chili dog that I have ever had!
The play opened with a comedian to warm up the crowd who was hilarious I didn’t catch his name, but he somehow got the entire crowd to sing the Sponge Bob Squarepants intro!
The play began and let me tell you all of the actors are amazing, their voices are spectacular and the play was very well acted. It was a great production and the story line had some great lessons and really kept you engaged in what was going on. If this play comes to your town go see it! I won't spoil it but it is so well done and it really covers everything, heart warming, laugh til ya cry, and dance to the beat!
Back to the cake though…. Do you want to see it?
After the play we were able to go back stage which was so exciting! Snoop had to catch a plane and didn’t have a lot of time so I was able to go back very quickly and meet him and give him the cake. It was surreal! He is so down to earth and friendly. I told him briefly how much we like his gospel album. Seriously y’all you need to download it and take a listen!
I also told him about how many of his recipes from his cookbook “From Crook to Cook” (yes we will be cooking and baking those for you) will be around our Thanksgiving table.
He thanked me for the cake and we took a picture and I cut him a slice. I had to go but he was taking a bite of it just as we left.
We got a group picture with him just as he was leaving for the airport and I asked him how he liked the cake and he said it was, and yes there was exclamation in his calm voice, “GREAT”! So there you have it folks, Snoop Dogg likes my cake! That is such an amazing compliment because y’all he is friends with the baking diva herself Martha Stewart. I think that compliment will keep me HIGH for the rest of the year.
The major theme of the play is that you can’t serve God and Man, you have to choose who you will serve. In the Bible in the book of Joshua 24:15 it states “choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” In the end of the play Snoop chose to serve the Lord. So many people make this decision one way or another in their lives. One thing we can all agree on though is we can all serve cake!
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Recipes as promised!
Amazing Yellow Cake
1 cup unsalted butter (16 tablespoons, softened)
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Prepare two or three round baking pans or a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray or by coating with butter and lightly flouring, shaking away any excess flour and discarding.
Cream together butter and sugar until a light yellow in color, about 2-3 minutes. Incorporate eggs one at a time, being sure they are fully incorporated before adding the next. Then, incorporate egg yolks the same.
Whisk together salt, baking powder, and all-purpose flour in a large mixing bowl. Spoon half of the mixture into the butter, sugar and egg mixture and stir until combined.
Add half of buttermilk, then add the remainder of the flour mixture followed by the remainder of the buttermilk. Stir in the vanilla.
Divide the cake batter between the baking pans or pour into the 9x13 baking sheet pan.Bake until the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick or skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes for two 8-inch pans, 30 minutes for two 9-inch pans, and 35 minutes for a 9x13 baking pan. Remove from the oven and allow to cool about 8-10 minutes in the pan placed on a wire cooling rack. Then, turn the cakes out on the cooling rack to cool completely.
(thank you Robyn Stone for this amazing recipe)
Sugar Bread's Chocolate Frosting
This recipe will frost an 8" 2 layer cake
1 stick butter softened
1 cups cocoa powder, sifted (I sift 2x)
5 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
2/3 cups milk (add slowly and stop when you reach the consistency you like)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Sift cocoa, powdered sugar, and salt into the same bowl
Beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is fluffy and lightened in color
Add in cocoa and powdered sugar and begin to mix
Add in milk and vanilla slowly and stop when you reach the consistency you want.
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