I thought I would put a Jewish spin on this as we do not celebrate Halloween.
My main point will be (if you do not care to read through the whole thing:) "Just like the lowly pumpkin we can grow even during dark and cold times and are forever resilient."
According to the Bible and classical commentaries the pumpkin is produce from the moon, as apposed to produce from the sun. This is related in the verse: וּמִמֶּגֶד תְּבוּאֹת שָׁמֶשׁ וּמִמֶּגֶד גֶּרֶשׁ יְרָחִים. – דברים לג ידDeuteronomy 33:14 - "From the produce that the sun brings out and from produce that the moon casts forth." The classical commentary Rashi states that the produce of the moon refers to melons and cucumbers and squash and the like (and pumpkins...)
This verse is in Moses' final blessing to the tribe of Joseph. That his portion in the land will be full of produce.
The lesson I take from this is that the jewish people in the time of exile are called "Joseph's flock."
"The Ez Man" was with me for moral Support.
Day 1: The Buttercream
Mis en Place:
The Creme Anglaise:
What it looked like when it was done. I think it was done?
Pour into mixture.
Strain the goopy milk guys.
Mistake number 1:
I never made meringue before and did not realize it would set rock hard within a minute. I only got half of it into the eggs whites before the sugar set.
Mistake number 2:
Each one of these Israeli butter sticks is 3.5 ounces. I knew it was less then the 4 ounce butter sticks but I did not bother to check by how much. I therefore just used three sticks instead of two and a little. The result was a less flavorful, more butter-tasting buttercream.
The food color, zest and orange concentrate.
What it looked like before the the food color.
Voila. Buttercream in two shades. I did not have orange food coloring and I have never even heard of the orange paste that Rose mentions. I mixed Yellow and Red food coloring at my lovely wife's suggestion (thank you Mimi.) Still I do not think I mixed it too well and was not so pleased with the lighter shade of orange that I got. Actually, after a couple days the color deepened and looked a little better. I was not too impressed with the taste but it may have been because of my mistakes. It was a lot of work! :)
Day 2: The Cake
Mis en Place:
Checking to make sure there are no blood spots in the eggs. Blood is NOT Kosher!
Ruthi, curious what I was doing, got out of bed. She was too adorable to just chase back to bed so I let her have a taste first. Yum!
The spiral arm of the cake galaxy...
Cut in half with the grand incision and shmear with the buttercream.
Cover all over and we are done. Hurray!
In conclusion, I would make this cake again, perhaps as individual breakfast muffins with out the walnuts and without the buttercream. Although I am curious how the buttercream would taste without making my mistakes.