Stills from Doctor Macro
This week's "Movie of the Week" is actually a film entitled Café Society, which I can't locate anywhere. No problem--there are several other movies mentioned in this issue. However, the only one that isn't a future "Movie of the Week" is The Little Princess. I'd been avoiding Shirley Temple movies since I subjected myself to The Little Colonel. I don't think The Little Princess was quite as bad as The Little Colonel, although I did fast-forward through the "ballet" and found myself sympathizing with nasty headmistress Miss Minchin. Excepting The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, I'm refusing to watch any more Shirley Temple movies. Sorry folks, there's an end to it.
As usual, I can't resist the Baker's Chocolate ad. Remember--"if you're baking a cake to please the men in your family, you can't go wrong with this recipe of Sue's." As dated and sexist as it seems, it's not too difficult to impress a group of men with a homemade chocolate cake. It's their wives you have to worry about...
No offense to Sue, but I didn't try her recipe--just her idea. Remember I had half a cake in my freezer? Well, I just whipped up some coffee frosting to go with it. I used half of this recipe:
3 tablespoons very soft butter*
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brewed coffee (I just used what was left from breakfast.)
Cream butter then sift in sugar a bit at a time, beating well after each addition. Thin out with coffee. Use more sugar if frosting is too thin and more coffee if frosting is too thick. It should be "spreadable."
Enough for an 8" square cake or two 8" round layers
Adapted from "Coffee Frosting" in All About Home Baking (New York: General Foods Corporation, 1933), 109.
*I've been using an organic, pasture butter which is only available salted. If you use unsalted butter, you'll need to add a pinch or two of salt.
When Paul and I were cleaning out our kitchen cabinets a few weeks ago, we found one bag of powdered sugar and three boxes. I assure you I am not a buy-in-bulk-it's-on-sale kind of grocery shopper. The only thing I can figure out is that I was convinced I was out of powdered sugar on three separate occasions! When home economists say to check the pantry before making a grocery list, I guess they know what they're talking about!