Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sweet Green Icing (Flowing Down)

One of my all-time favorite things to do is turn up the volume of the iPod, program it to repeat, and listen to the sappiest and best song ever written in the history of modern music - again and again and again - as Ron and Frankie fall over one another trying to get out of Dodge. That song is, of course, MacArthur Park, as performed in 1968 by the late, great Richard Harris (who, in a wee bit of Irish magic, was born in Limerick). How does that song relate to this recipe blog? Now don’t go getting ahead of me, Dollinks.

I know that deep down you really, really, re-ee-lly want to hear this wonderful song, so Ill take a moment to remind you of the words: 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down!
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again ...
Oh, no ... Oh-h-h, no-o-o! Oh-h-h-h! Oh, no-o-o-ooooo!

Truly, this song is a masterpiece of modern music. Im! Not! Kidding! If you want to understand the symbolism of its slightly morose message, check Wikipedia. For a more light-hearted view, have a gander at: 

If your nasty, cruel, cold-hearted mobile device won’t let you see this hilarious take-off on the world’s best song, go to:
So how does this relate ? Yes, Dollinks, this is the time to ask. In what can only be described as a confluence of the divine, may the approach of St. Patrick’s Day and the words of this complex song forever meet in one massive, melodramatic, maudlin, melancholic marvel! And yes, Dollinks (again!), this is a lot of alliteration. And so I present the recipe for Sweet Green Icing (Flowing Down) as well as giving the nod to an easy-to-make chocolate cake on which to dump it. 
Sweet Green Icing (Flowing Down):

To Prepare the Chocolate Cake:
Prepare the Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake previously indexed under Cakes on this blog. Cut the recipe in half, omit the Kahlua-Flavored Simple Syrup, and proceed as the recipe otherwise directs.
To Prepare the Sweet Green Icing (Flowing Down):
¼ c. butter or margarine, softened 2 tbsp. light cream 2 tsp. peppermint extract 4 drops green food coloring or enough green food gel to achieve desired color 2 c. sifted icing sugar (“confectioners” sugar or “powdered” sugar)
Blend butter or margarine with cream, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Sift in icing sugar, spoonful by spoonful. Spread over top of cake while soft, allowing to flow irregularly over sides. 
To Prepare the Drizzled Chocolate Topping:
One 1-oz. (28 g) square semi-sweet chocolate, chopped  1 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened Melt chocolate and butter or margarine in small glass bowl at half-power in microwave oven. When partially melted, stir well. While still warm, drizzle irregularly over Sweet Green Icing (Flowing Down). Chill before serving. Tomorrow: Irish Soda Bread and Green Beer.

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