Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lolly cake, lolly cake, oh lolly lolly lolly Lolly cake

When I get together with my girls, we like to mess about in the kitchen, concocting all kinds of yummy things. While home for Christmas, my oldest girl taught us how to make lolly cake, a traditional kiwi dessert (kiwi meaning New Zealand, which is where she now lives *sniff*, in case you're new here).

Anyhoo, I was going to post this when we had actually made the cake between Christmas and New Year's. But I figured that by then, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head might be tiresome.

Still, this is a dainty worth making, and might be perfect for springtime celebrations. Here's a link to the complete recipe.

For the lolly (candy) in the recipe I used Jet-Puffed multi-colored marshmallows. I cut them in quarters and let them air dry a bit to firm up. You can also use a type of candy called circus peanuts. I don't use circus peanuts. They make me shudder. But never mind that.

Easy, no bake, hardly any fuss, sweetie

Now for some tea

33 comments:

Ostriches Look Funny said...

circus peanuts make you shudder? I bet it's because of a fear of the marshmallow who eat them.

Just a guess.

I got an anthro catalogue in the mail today, and I thought of you while I pretend shopped. Love you and you're disdain for circus peanuts.

Jodi said...

Okay, so, my grandmother used to make me eat them, even though they were ancient, fossilized, old. Yes, I disdain them! Just when I would open my mouth to say, "But, grandma--" She'd shove one into my mouth and tell me not to be ungrateful.

Hey! How come I never get an Anthro catalogue in the mail?! I'm glad you thought of me, though. :)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I signed up to get them when I was in the store. Free inspiration. My mom hates the catalogue though, she thinks the girls look crazy and anemic. Meh. Who cares? It's pretty!!

MY grandma tried to feed me black licorace. EW.

Also? I wrote back to your comment on my blog.

Jodi said...

Meh is right! Look at those aprons! Where do I sign? Where do I SIGN? You're grandma sounds nicer. She only tried.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Or I was meaner than you. I was a difficult child.

I think you just say you want an anthro card. They are free, and that's how they keep track of your purchases so you can lose your receipt and still return things, and they send you a coupon for your birthday month...and the catalogues. I guess the price is your identity. Whatev.

Hana - Marmota said...

That sounds good! And I'm sure the marshmallows could be substituted by anything else you prefer, because apparently they don't do much for the density of the cake mixture... Endless possibilities, then! I'd go for real candied fruit, I think.

Nancy said...

Just thinking about orange circus peanuts makes my teeth hurt. And not in a good way.

Sniff indeed. Kiwi world is just too far away.

Heading over to Joann's to see what the two of you were talking about over there...

Amy said...

Looks like great fun. I'm with you on the circus peanuts. Like the multi-colored marshmallows. And tea with the Lolly Cake? Delightful.

Of course now I'll be singing Lolly Cake, Lolly Cake, Oh Lolly. . . today:)

btw, I loved writing the art post. Decided to post it later this week. Never saved a post before:) It was amazing to me how it fit with the theme of what God's been showing me this past week. Thanks for being a part of that. I can't imagine being so far from a daughter when she grows up, but I know it could happen. The comfort to me, in reading your blog, is seeing you baking together on her visit, and then blogging art together, and your hearts are obviously so, so close. Better than close location and distant hearts. A smile and a tear and a Lolly song to begin the new week:)

Leslie said...

I have NO idea what circus peanuts are. But they sound disgusting.

I love that you make "sweeties" with your girls.

And that thread between you and Joann is hilarious. My grandmother made me drink apple juice in the morning, and that made ME shudder. I have no idea why.

Jodi said...

Amy, I can't wait to see your post! Thanks for your kind words; I do miss my girly. Thank goodness for skype and blogging.

Jodi said...

Leslie, you've never seen circus peanuts? Consider yourself blessed. Apple juice in the morning? Blech! I was given coffee. For real. As soon as I was old enough to hold a mug.

Leslie said...

That reminds me of a great book (about a basenji) called, "Goodbye My Lady." Coffee with cream, until you're all growed up, then you can have it black.

Yes. Blech to apple juice in the morning. And to circus peanuts, whatever they may be.

And I've never seen a hummingbird near my azaleas. Only the big bumblebees. We do see hummingbirds, but it's rare. I've tried the feeders, but all I got was ants...

amy said...

ooh, looks amazing! can't wait to try this recipe.

oh and jodi, i haven't told you this, but my sister has a boyfriend who lives in new zealand and i think they are going to get married and most likely they will live there. and i don't want her to.

but then you and i can have virtual tea parties and miss our new zealand living families together :)

Chelsey said...

This looks so scrumptious! I'm glad you had such a great visit with your daughter.

My Grandma never force fed me anything. She always had homemade scones and cinnamon buns and peppermints in a little crocheted bag in her purse.

I think I vaguely remember circus peanuts, but I only remember eating banana candies and strawberry candies (which I preferred to the bananas)

Emily Young said...

That looks like it's fun to make! But what are circus peanuts? They sound scary.

Misty said...

ditto on the aboves w/ blech to circus peanuts, and peeps and well, really any abnormal mallow product.
and i'm w/ you leslie, no to apple juice!!!
and no to black licorice which my grandma also tried to ply me with.
moving right along and feeling the need to wash my mouth out with m&ms, this post is sweet to me b/cs it's a new recipe and time w/ mothers and daugthers. :)
and yes, of course, jodi, i'm glad you liked my today's post. i sure like my him.

Jodi said...

Emily, orange, fake marshmallows shaped like a peanut. Economical; bought by grandmas who will forget they have them in their cupboard until the unsuspecting grandchild visits. Hospitality at its worst. Am I bitter? Yes.

Jodi said...

Misty, I'm with you on the Peeps. Well let me say, I like to use them for decoration, but not to eat. Knowing that you both love me unconditionally, I will admit to you and JoAnn, I love black licorice. The saltier, the better.

Jodi said...

Amy, whats with all these kiwi men stealing our girls? (jokes). You -me- tea sounds like a plan!

Jodi said...

Chelsey, your Grandma sounds lovely. Banana candy not so much. ;)

Cheryl said...

I read through all the comments. I think I'm feeling bewildered. Even after the circus peanut explanation. Talk about changing someone's vocab! I know I'm going to have nightmares about violent-coloured, sweet- wielding Grandmas.

I was just going to say that the cake looked nice. I'm off to hug a dust bunny. They suddenly make sense!

Jodi said...

Cheryl, first, if anyone's wondering why I have time to answer all these comments, it's because I'm avoiding the laundry. Now, to help your confusion--or add to it:

Circus peanuts: Cheap candy
Anthro: Short for Anthropology. Upscale store I can't afford, kind of like the UK's 'Toast' catalogue.
M&Ms: Good chocolate candy, in colorful candy shells!
Peeps: Marshmallow chicks that come out during Easter. They're supposed to look like little chickies. Emphasis on 'supposed to'.

keLi said...

IN DEFENSE OF CIRCUS PEANUTS:

(because we are called to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves)

fresh out of the bag and with a nice fizzy beverage in hand, these peanuts are best enjoyed as follows: 1) using top two teeth, scrape the faux peanut shell until all shell marks have been removed; 2)slurp entire peanut until it shines radioactive orange; 3) now -- and only now -- may you bite the peanut. premature biting is prohibited.

out of nowhere, jodi, you have activated a memory of my own grandmother i didn't even know i had. i liked these peanuts because they were hers -- but she let them be mine, too. so i studied the way that she ate them, teeth clicking all the time.

i dedicate this comment defense to her memory...

[takes a grandiose bow, exits stage left]

Jodi said...

KeLi, you almost swayed the jury, except for the unfortunate use of the word "radioactive". Sorry, counselor. However, the court DOES bow to the memory of your grandmother.

keLi said...

[sigh]

i went for the hyperbole, and it cost me.

fair enough. but can we at least agree on Smarties? especially since my little man pronounces his "S" as an "F"?

please imagine his jubilee, yelling "I got [candy in question] for filling up the stickers on his chart.

it's a candy we can all agree on. ;)

Zach said...

Seconded,
Everyone can agree on Smarties, however pronounced.

Jodi said...

I concur, and I bet that circus peanuts, accompanied by a fizzy drink, can induce Smarties pronounced with an "F".

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the explanation, Jodi. I think I'll give the circus peanuts a big miss. Probably the Peeps, as well.

I'll go for the Smarties though. Who couldn't love a sweet/candy that doesn't melt in your hand. (I'm hoping here that UK Smarties are the same as US Smarties and I'm not adding my own kind of confusion). Save the orange ones for me, please!

Joy Lake said...
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Joy Lake said...

Ok ok, let me rein in the all the circus peanut hate running amuck around here...

While I never eat circus peanuts out of the bag, they are one of the few and easiest to find alternatives to the same marshmellowISH (NOTE the "ish" as they are not your average marshmellow otherwise they would melt and not support the structural integrity of the lolly cake) candy we use in New Zealand. The only real difference between what we use and circus peanuts is that ours are called eskimos which, leaves me to pose a question to you Acorn: In our ever growing in PC-ness country, do you think any of our American blog friends will be able to make a lolly cake after you've sullied the name of circus peanuts? After all, the likelihood of eskimos coming to America is quite slim.

Jodi said...

Joy, far be it from me to ever compromise "the structural integrity of the lolly cake." I shall therefore use circus peanuts. Since it will only use half the bag, I'll save the other half in my cupboard for your children when they visit. Muahahaha! ^.^ Muchas-smooches.

Joy Lake said...

Hahaha you are too funny. My children will politely decline and offer you some wine gums I am sure hee hee.

Leslie said...

Wow. I am laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing. Best blog thread EVER. Just imagine the fun we'd have if we were all thrown together in one room with a bag of circus peanuts! And I suddenly remembered that I DO remember circus peanuts. They looked DISGUSTING and I NEVER ate one. But I might eat one if they were called ESKIMOS. And if they tasted like black licorice.

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