Oscars 2013: Django Unchained
The next Oscar nominated movie of the series is Django Unchained, a Southern style Spaghetti Western from Quentin Tarantino. And it’s a tasty one!
I am seriously hurting for ideas on how to incorporate Zero Dark Thirty into SOME kind of food. If you have any crafty thoughts you’d like to share, please do! If I use your idea, I will send you a $10 Starbucks card. Free coffee for your brainpower, it’s easy.
Are you ready for it? Straight out of Candie Land and topped with Django’s signature…
If you haven’t seen the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a sadistic plantation owner, who offers Django and his travelling partner some white cake at a crucial moment in the film. This next statement shouldn’t surprise you. Quentin Tarantino often incorporates guns and blood into his films. Alas, Django Unchained is too, a bloody flick.
The strawberry sauce (do I have to tell you it’s supposed to be blood?), which drips over and puddles under the Django White Cake, is simply sugared up strawberries with a bit of cocoa powder for depth. You can easily change the flavor with any berry you choose and same goes for the cake. To keep your cake white-ish, be sure to use clear extract. This recipe calls for whole eggs, leaving you with an almost white cake. The almond flavor lends itself well, but vanilla would work perfectly too.
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but there is a white layer of cream cheese frosting between the layers and on the top of the cake, it helps mask the tint of the cake, holds it together and gives it an extra layer of flavor.
How does it taste? It tastes “You better hide this cake from me, because I WILL find it in the middle of the night and eat 3 pieces” good. It tastes, “I am going to hide in the bathroom with the shower running and eat another piece” good.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons almond extract (make sure it’s clear!)
- 2 cup cake flour
- 1¾ tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups strawberries
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ cup cocoa powder
- 1 brick cream cheese
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ⅛ – ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare chosen cake or cupcake pans with spray or butter and a sprinkling of flour.
- In medium bowl, cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in almond extract.
- In separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
- Gently mix dry ingredients in with the wet.
- Stir in milk until batter is smooth and pour into pans.
- Bake 30 minutes or 25 for cupcakes.
- Let cake cook before frosting.
- In a medium saucepot, bring berries, water and sugar to the point of boiling.
- Lower heat and stir sauce until it thickens a bit and sugar is melted.
- Mix in cocoa powder and set aside to cool.
- (You can also use a Vitamix or Blendtec to make the sauce if you have one!)
- Blend together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add milk slowly and only if mixture is too dry. That’s it!
Now, gotta go pay the bills. I know you may not believe this, but I don’t actually get paid for being wife and mother of the year. No one has actually ever accused me of being wife or mother of the year, but I totally know lots of people are just thinking it, so it must be true.