Throwing a Mustache Party! Cake, candy and facial hair. Lots of it!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My 18 inch chocolate moustache cake (cupcakes in background)

Remember the film, La Moustache? The protagonist spots one for the longest time and suddenly shaves it, setting off a drastic chain of baffling events. Towards the end, even as he grows a moustache again, life is inadvertently changed...Although dramatic, this lead-in is somewhat related to my post!

Having amassed a lot of furry stick-on moustaches for a while now I've always wanted to throw a moustache party but didn't because of reasons like my studio's size constraints or 
lackluster response. But this year, the stars are aligned because my friend Lou offered to host at his huge apartment and my sporty group of friends actually share my enthusiasm! For the support, I was intent on creating something special and did some research.

Inspired by PaisleyJade's mustache cake for her own dad's birthday party (genius), I recreated her chocolate cake, using Valrhona cocoa from France. The cake was soft but firm, holding up to its shape, although the 4" thickness of the cake suggested that I maybe I should have inserted a layer of icing in between to increase its moistness. Overall, pretty good!

Chocolate Cake Recipe (from here)
Preheat oven to 350 degF or 180 degC

1 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups trim milk
100g melted butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased an 18" springform (lined with parchment paper).  Bake for at 45 minutes or when a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

250g icing sugar
100g butter (7 tb)
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
milk to mix
Place butter and dry ingredients in bowl and mix to combine, then add a dash of milk and mix again. Continue until you achieve a soft spreadable icing, then add vanilla.
Refrigerate to firm up the frosting.

To make the moustache shape, I cut an "S" shape or yin-yang sign into the circular cake and flipped half over. I also followed PaisleyJade's directions on placing parchment paper under the cake during icing and removing the papers after. 

Iced and plated on a wooden chopping board before allowing the icing to harden in the fridge.
I made tiny mini-muffins: lemon poppyseed and blueberry
Then iced with vanilla icing (1 stick butter, 3 cups confectioner's sugar, pinch of salt and vanilla) and decorated with black icing for Dali-inspired 'staches.
Guess what the tootsie rolls are for?
... tootsie 'staches of course. I tooke a midgee tootsie roll, cut it in the middle and joined it back together, shaping the ends before plopping it onto a toothpick. Refridgerate it if it gets too soft and droopy.

White Sangria or "The Dali" by Cecilia (photocredit: Lou)
Joyce's cute cupcakes that resembled the Pringle's man (according to Brian)

This is a clue as to what my outfit was. Modified Boston Red Sox cap with a cotton pad sewn on. Thanks, 

I'm Super Mario girl! To my right, Cecilia was in green, so she's the closest I have to Luigi at the party.

Our moustache station with cotton balls and rubbing alcohol to make the adhesive of the 'staches stick better. (Alc removes the oil on skin)
 Awesome stick 'staches made by Jenna. My favorite was the red one with the tassels, aptly named "The Curtains".
 Best-dressed: Jess's dress!
 And shoes!
My dapper co-host, Lou.
And capping the night with my entourage of stick 'stached boys.


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