Friday, June 4, 2010

SteamPink: Dome car


Eva, Jane and Jade looked down at the note from Cartier to confirm the location. They reached car 6 of the Devonian Express.

I do hope we are in time... Jane whispered.

Jade pushed the cart with the most decadent treat atop.

Eva walked ahead and peeked into the dome car to make sure vvb was seated in the designated location.


Surprise Coconut Birthday Cake ‘à la Victorienne’


4 Eggs
3 oz. Flour
Pinch of salt
6 oz. Of caster sugar
A few drops of lemon essence
A pinch of grated nutmeg
3 oz. Of desiccated coconut


Beat up the yolks of eggs and the sugar to a thick froth.

Dry the flour and mix it together with salt and grated nutmeg.

Stir the flour into the yolks of the eggs, add the finely chopped cocoanut, and then beat the whites of the egg to a stiff froth and stir them in lightly .

Add a few drops of lemon essence (about ½ teaspooonful) and put the mixture, about 1 inch thick, into a tin lined with greased paper .

Bake in a quick oven for about ½ hour, or until the cake is firm when pressed.

Turn if on to a sieve to cool.

Decorate with royal icing and more desiccated coconuts, until the cake is fully covered in white.

Insert a lovely tree branche with beautiful leaves in the center of the cake, before the icing hardens.

And don’t forget the birthday candles !


The Royal Icing


2 large egg whites, or more to thin icing
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar, or more to thicken icing
1 lemon, juiced


Beat the whites until stiff but not dry.

Add sugar and lemon juice; beat for 1 minute more.

If icing is too thick, add more egg whites; if it is too thin, add more sugar.

The icing may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Happy Birthday
vvb !


*guest post by The Book On The Hill

Original Recipes from Knowledge of London (Victorian Cocoanut Sponge Cake) and Martha Stewart (Royal Icing)

Illustration by Mr Illustrator

============train tip============
A dome car can include features of a lounge car, dining car and an observation. A portion of the car, usually in the center of the car, is split between two levels, with stairs leading both up and down from the train's regular passenger car floor level. The lower level of the dome usually consisted of a small lounge area, while the upper portion was usually coach or lounge seating within a "bubble" of glass on the car's roof.

Passengers in the upper portion of the dome were able to see in all directions from a vantage point above the train's roofline. On some dome cars, the lower portion was built as a galley, where car attendants used dumbwaiters to transfer items between the galley and a dining area in the dome portion of the car.

Some dome cars were built with the dome extending the entire length of the car, while others had only a small observation bubble. There were also combination dome-observation cars built which were meant to be the last car on the train, with both rear observation and the dome up top.
- wikipedia

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  1. Cake! I love royal icing--I really don't get it that often so this is a nice surprise. Is it for everyone or should I go ahead and see if I can make my own?

    Though, and this could be an unsubstantiated rumor mind you, its quite possible I've been barred from baking. Something to do with nearly poisoning a room full of people. Truly that merchant at the dock I stopped at assured me they were flavorful and added a wonderful taste to any icing.


  2. Yummy! I love baking and even more I love eating! :P

  3. Great recipe! Sounds delicious :)

  4. Oh, it was your birthday ? Or your blog's birthday ? Happy birthday ! xxx

  5. soooo glad everyone is enjoying my birthday cake ;-D

  6. Happy birthday Velvet to you or the blog... not quite sure.

    That cakes sounds awesome, will have to try baking when I go home.

  7. This cake does sound really good!

    Happy Birthday! :)

  8. Is it your birthday Velvet? Happy Birthday! :)

  9. Sounds REALLY good. Will be copying, pasting, and saving accordingly. ;) Happiest of Birthdays to you, hostess!

  10. Cake and coconut! two of my favs! Trying to catch up with the ride, but can see it will be a fun week. :-)

  11. Mmmm... cake.
    Do you think anyone can mail me some scrumptious cake so I don't have to bake it in this summery Texas heat? : )

  12. Happy Birthday! And can I just say...YUM!

  13. Happy birthday and i soo soo am gonna try this recipe!


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