Happy? Vesuvius Day!

Posted on August 23, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Obscure Holidays, Prayer Request, Recipes, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Vesuvius Day

Tomorrow, August 24th, 2011 marks the observance of Vesuvius Day.

August 24, 79 A.D. was an historic date for the world. This was the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history.

 This deadly volcano destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. An estimated 3,360 people died in the volcano’s eruption.

 Mount Vesuvius exploded  in 1631. At that time, it killed approximately 3,500 people.

To mark this sad historic event, I thought it would be appropriate to post some  volcano cake recipes, so that is what I’m going to do.  I have not tried any of these recipes, but who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll get some breathing time!  In the meantime I ask for your prayers for my step-daughter-in-law who suffered a heart attack the other day.  She is having some complications, but is doing fairly well otherwise.  Today they took her off oxygen which is a good sign.  All prayers are gladly accepted.

Let the fun begin!

Sandra Lee's Volcano Cake

Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 50 min

Yield: 18 to 24 servings

Level: Easy


2 (18.25-ounces) boxes red velvet cake mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
2-2/3 cups water
1 cup vegetable oil
6 eggs
3 (12-ounces) cans chocolate whipped frosting (recommended: Betty Crocker)
1 (6.4-ounce) can green decorating icing (recommended: Betty Crocker Easy Flow)
1 (6.4-ounce) can red decorating icing (recommended: Betty Crocker Easy Flow)
1 (6.4-ounce) can orange decorating icing (recommended: Betty Crocker Easy Flow)
1 (6.4-ounce) can yellow decorating icing (recommended: Betty Crocker Easy Flow)
1 (.68-ounce) tube yellow gel decorations (recommended: Cake Mate)
1 (.68-ounce) tube red gel decorations (recommended: Cake Mate)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 (8-inch) cake pans, 2 (10-inch)
cake pans and 1 (6-inch) Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. 

Beat cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites in a large bowl with an
electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl
and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide batter equally between
prepared cake pans. 

Bake 8-inch cakes and 6-inch Bundt cakes in oven for 35 to 40 minutes
and 10-inch cakes for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester comes out
clean. Remove and cool completely. 

To assemble, use a serrated knife to slice off the tops of the 8 and
10-inch cake so the surface of each cake is flat. Place the cut tops
into a large bowl and break up to from large crumbs. The crumbs will be
used a "lava rocks" at the base of the volcano. Slice the bottom off
the 6-inch bunt cake so it sits flat. 

Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting between the 10-inch cake
layers and stack. Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting between
8-inch cake layers and stack. Place another thin layer of frosting on
top of the 8-inch layer cake and place the bunt cake cut side down on
top. Place a dollop of frosting on top of the 10-inch cake and
carefully, place 8-inch cake on top and center of 10-inch cake. 

Use a serrated knife to trim edges around the tops of both cakes to
create a cone shaped cake. (Make angled cuts downward and leave a round
base on top for icing to "flow" from.) 

To decorate, frost outside of entire cake with remaining chocolate
frosting. Place the cake crumbs around the base of the cake. Pipe green
icing around the entire bottom of the cake for "grass". To create
"flowing lava" pipe red icing a quarter from the top of cake in
downward strokes to the middle of the cake with ribbon tip. Repeat
technique with orange icing, starting almost at top of cake and ending
where red icing begins with slight overlap. Repeat technique with
yellow icing starting at the very top of cake and overlap orange icing.
Drizzle yellow and red gel coloring around the very top of cake. 

For the smoke effect place a few pieces of dry ice into glass candle
votive. Place the votive into the hole of the bunt cake. Pour a small
amount of warm water into the votive and watch it smoke.

Woman's Day Volcano Cake

10 min 


16 oz each) poundcake mix (preferably  Betty Crocker)
12 oz each) whipped fluffy white frosting
12 oz each) whipped  chocolate frosting
Green, red,  orange and yellow paste (icing) or gel food colors*
Dinosaur  Cookies &  Palm Trees (directions follow)


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease andflour two 8 x 2-in. round  cake pans, 
one 9 x 2-in. round cake pan and one 8-oz custard cup. 

Prepare both boxes of cake mix together as box directs. Put 3/4 cup  
batter in custard cup, 3 cups batter into each 8-in. pan and 
remaining batter in the 9-in. pan.

Bake cup 25 minminutes, cakes 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden 
pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool on wire racks 
10 minutes before inverting on racks to cool completely.

Tint 1 cup white frosting green. Put 1/2 cup white frosting in each 
of 3 microwave-safe bowls. Tint red, orange and yellow. Cover with 
plastic wrap when not using.

Trim one 8-in. cake to a 61/2-in. round; reserve scraps for snacks. 
Place 9-in. cake on serving platter. Frost top and sides with green 
frosting. Place 8-in. cake on top, lining it up with back of cake 
underneath. Trim sharp edges; coat top and sides with chocolate 

Center trimmed (61/2-in.) cake on top; frost as 8-in. cake. Repeat 
with custardcup cake . Fill crevices with chocolate frosting.  
Refrigerate until set.

Lava: Microwave the red frosting 5 to 10 seconds, or until just 
pourable. Spoon over cake, creating short and long drips . Repeat with the orange and yellow frostings.

To assemble: Insert a toothpick near base of each Palm Tree; insert 
other end of toothpick into cake. Set Dinosaurs in place.

Planning Tip: The cake can be made through Step 5 up to 3 days ahead 
and refrigerated. The cookies and trees can be made 5 days ahead. 
Store cookies airtight at room temperature. Assemble a few hours 
before serving.

Dinosaur Cookies & Palm Trees

Makes 12 dinosaurs and 3 palm trees

Active: 25 min/Total: 54 min (without decorating and  drying time)

1 roll (18 oz) refrigerated  sugar -cookie  dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
Royal Icing (recipe follows)
Blue, red, green,  violet , orange and yellow paste (icing) 
or gel food colors*
Purple, red and green coarse ( crystal ) sugar

Palm Trees: 3 plain 73/4-in.-long breadsticks (such as Stella Doro), 
gumdrop spearmint leaves You also need: dinosaur cookie cutters* 
and 12 qt-size ziptop bags.

Heat oven to 350°F. Have baking sheet(s) ready.

Knead together cookie dough and flour until completely blended. 
Roll out with a rolling pin to a scant 1/4 in. thick. Cut out 
cookies with cutters; place about 1 in. apart on ungreased baking 
sheet(s).  Reroll scraps and cut into 2- to 3-in. squares 
(depending on height of cookie cutters). Cut squares in half 
diagonally to make triangular stands to prop up cookies. 

Bake 8 to 12 minutes until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To decorate: Spoon 1/4 cup Royal Icing into a ziptop bag. Squeeze out
air; seal bag. Spoon 1/2 cup into each of 4 bowls. Tint blue, red, 
green and violet. 

Spoon 1/3 cup into each of 2 bowls. Tint yellow and orange. Put 
yellow icing into a ziptop bag and a small portion of each other 
color into bags; seal bags. 

To thin icing for coating:  Add  drops of  water to icings in bowls 
until thin enough to spread. Cover with plastic wrap when not using.  
To pipe outlines before coating (keeps thinned icing from running off 
cookies): Snip tips off corners of bags with tinted icing and pipe 
outline for each color on dinosaurs. Let dry about 5 minutes. 

To fill outlines: Spoon thinned icing into bags. Snip tip off corner; 
pipe icing on cookies. With a toothpick, spread to piped border. Let 
dry before adding another color or details. For areas with colored 
sugar, sprinkle with sugar while wet. Let dry completely, about 3 
hours. Snip tip off corner of bag with white icing; pipe horns on 
blue dinosaur. With yellow icing, pipe eyes and  feet.

Cookie stands: Pipe a line of white icing on 1 long edge of each 
triangle-shape cookie. Press 1 or more triangles on back of each 
dinosaur. Let dry.

Palm Trees: For each tree, slice 2 spearmint leaves horizontally into 
4 leaves. Press wide sticky end on end of a breadstick, pressing 
more leaves on top. Store in a tall glass until ready to set in place.

*Paste and gel food colors and dinosaur cookie cutters can be found 
in cake-decorating, party-supply and crafts shops.
Royal Icing: In a large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat 1 lb 
confectioners’ sugar and 3 Tbsp Just Whites (powdered  egg whites, 
see Note) until combined. Add 6 Tbsp water and beat until very well 
blended. Increase mixer speed to high and beat 8 minutes, or until 
icing is very thick and white. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Note: Just Whites (powdered egg whites) is available in supermarkets 

Chef Mommie's Volcano Cake
Time: 5 min. (5 min prep. Prep.)

Courses: Desserts

Calories: 135 / Serv.

Chef: twissis

Photo from: Source


Servings 12


18-1/4ounces chocolate cake mix (pillsbury)
1-1/4 cups water
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
21 ounces cherry pie filling
6 scoop chocolate ice cream


Prepare chocolate cake mix according to pkg directions & bake in a 
bundt pan sprayed w/PAM. 
(Pls Note: Actual cake ingredients may vary from those listed above as 
they were shown to fulfill the editing process). 

Invert cake onto serving platter, allow to cool completely & package it 
up to take to work w/you the next dy. When ready to share your cake at 
work, fill center hole w/scoops of ice cream. Top w/cherry pie filling 
(lava), drizzle some of it down the sides of the cake & give everyone a 

NOTE: For anyone who may opt to make this cake for reasons other than 
sharing your birthday cake w/co-workers, feel free to amend the prep as 
desired. :-).

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories 135	Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g	 10%
Saturated Fat 1g	7%
Trans Fat	0%
Cholesterol 41mg	14%
Sodium 31mg	1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g	6%
Dietary Fiber 616mg	2%
Sugars 3g	 
Protein 2g
Vitamin A	 4%
Vitamin C 2mg	4%
Calcium 26mg	3%
Iron 0mg	1%
Potassium 87mg	0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily 
Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

An flavorful eruption!

Hope you enjoy these recipes!  Have a Happy Day!


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