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Having a Ball

31 May

Want a terrific dessert to wow your guests at your summer picnic? A sweet treat that will stir the taste buds as well as the conversation is what’s needed. And in the June 1961 issue of Family Circle, I found the answer to your problem – the Beach Ball Cake.


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I know what you’re thinking – this is magnificent, but how do I make it? You only need to get out your bowls, spoons and boxed mix (this is from the 60’s after all) and follow the directions below…


Beach Ball Cake

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes

Prepare 1 package of your favorite flavor angel-food cake mix, following label directions; pour batter into ungreased 12-cup ovenproof mixing bowl. Bake in a slow oven (325 degrees) 55 minutes, or until top is golden and a long, thin metal skewer  inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn cake upside down to cool, resting edge of bowl on three cans or glasses; cool completely. When cake has cooled, make Fluffy Frosting (recipe below). Loosen  cake around edge of bowl with a knife; turn out, rounded side up, on a wire rack. Mark cake into 6 wedge shaped sections with the sharp point of a knife; frost sections with alternating white and yellow Fluff Frosting. Tint  1-1/3 cups flaked coconut yellow by shaking with 1/4 tsp of water and a few drops of yellow food coloring in a jar with tight fitting cover; sprinkle over yellow sections. Sprinkle 1-1/3 cups plain flaked coconut over white sections. Decorate top with candy peppermint patty “button” fastened with a  dot of frosting. Makes 12 servings.

Fluffy Frosting

Combine 2 unbeaten egg whites and 1/4 tsp cream of tartar in medium sized bowl; beat with rotary beater or electric mixer until egg whites stand in firm peaks. Combine two tablespoons  light corn syrup, 2-1/2 tablespoons water, and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla in a cup; add alternately with 4 cups (1 pound) sifted 10X (confectioners’ powdered) sugar to egg white mixture, beating well after each addition, until frosting is creamy stiff. Spoon half into second bowl and tint yellow with a few drops of yellow food coloring; leaving remaining half white. Makes enough to frost 1 twelve-cup-bowl cake.


It’s bound to be a hit!


And from the same magazine, a contest from Orange Crush to make animal lovers cringe…


Yes any orange soda lover, regardless of mental stability, can have a chance to win a live, cuddly cocker spaniel puppy! (I can’t begin to fathom how they sent out the top prizes) Let’s hope a greater force had bestowed upon the undeserving the third prize – the greatest hits of Tony Bennett album. (“a $3.98 value” the ad exclaims. Or in today’s market – 50 cents at Goodwill)