Since the theme for Popie's 80th Birthday Party was Seafood, and my mom had lots of lobster elements, we decided a lobster cake would be perfect. I thought it would be hard to make a cake shaped like a lobster, and it would be smaller, so I decided to make a sheet cake, and then top it with a lobster. I made the lobster out of rice krispie treats and covered it in fondant. I used random things to help mold the parts, like bowls and wine glasses. I thought it would look cute if I made the lobster a party hat and then had his claws holding the 80 candles.
Grandma told me his favorite cake is carrot with cream cheese icing - which is also JJ's favorite, so I used my favorite carrot cake recipe. We tried out 4 different ones last year before out wedding and decided that we don't like vanilla and any other spice besides cinnamon. We also like a higher carrot ratio, and a bit of sour cream for tenderness!
The party was SO fun, we had a blast. The only thing is - I don't like seafood, so I was the designated bartender and waitress!
2 c. granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. sour cream
2 c. all purpose flour
4 cups freshly shredded carrots
1 c. chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a stand mixer, beat sugar, oil and sour cream. Add in eggs one a a time. When combined, add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold in carrots and nuts. Pour into a greased and parchment lined pan.
Bake for 1 hour.
Popie and Mom cooking the Mussels and Clams
The tables set for dinner