Friday, November 2, 2007

Martha Stewart and Kitty Litter... YUM!

How's that for a title...

I've been baking... We're about to go to our friends' dacha for the weekend and I'm bring two VERY different desserts.

Here's the Martha Stewart Chocolate Endpaper Tart below. I'll include directions on how to make it later (no time right now); it's incredibly delicious, quite impressive and actually rather easy to make.

Then there's the cake that the girls asked me to make... They're planning a big Halloween bash for our three families and this was their top choice. Yup, a Kitty Litter Cake.

The older girls, Polina and Julia, helped me make it yesterday during their English lesson. It was one of their first times baking and I sincerely hope it doesn't become part of their standard repertoire.

The cake is actually quite good, though... I didn't have all of the ingredients available here, though, and had to improvise on how to create cat poop. How's that for a shopping list... "Hmm... what in this aisle could be used to create realistic poo?"...

Kitty Litter Cake

1 vanilla or butter cake (I made one using the King Arthur Flour cookbook)
1 chocolate cake (again, I used a recipe from King Arthur Flour)
2 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix, prepared
1 large pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls®

1 new kitty litter pan
1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
1 new pooper scooper

Prepare cakes and bake according to directions (any size pans).

Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.

Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Important: mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it too soggy. Combine gently.

Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything -- this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.

Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for a truly disgusting effect!

Katya is also back from her school trip. All in all, she loved it. The three days were a culmination of the elementary school's study of Prehistoric Man. One of Katya's favorite activities was learning how they hunted; the teachers spread balloons throughout an area of the woods and the kids (with supervision) had to find balloons and pop them with darts. Inside each balloon was a picture of what animal they had killed--and how many people it could feed. The kids needed to keep hunting until they had fed their families. Pretty neat, huh?? I'll write more about the trip when we get back from the dacha! (Kate--it had nothing to do with actual Pioneers, though--her school simply used the facilities).


Rachael said...

Wow, that is very realistic looking.

I love how the directions explicitly state: "new" and "clean" for the kitty litter supplies. :)

I might have to try this sometime. My kids would LOVE it.

Denise :o) said...

Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for the comment on my blog. So glad you found me because your blog looks very interesting. I look forward to reading all about your life in Russia.

BTW, your two daughters are beautiful!! :o)

Nellie said...

Really....why "new" and "clean"? Why not the verisimilitude that would come from getting the ones from the basement?

I really like the idea of that "hunting trip". Just wish, now, that I taught social studies! Can't quite think of a way to use that activity for religious education....

MoscowMom said...

Nellie--Yeah, that school trip kind of clinched it for me that I would be going back to work full-time and at the girls' school... If they were doing THAT kind of interdisciplinary learning, I knew I could fit in and not feel like the odd American... But if you brainstorm enough, there are ways to at least get your students outside...