Today, we celebrated Joyce and Sally's Birthdays
in Lamar, Missouri
(famous for being Harry Truman's birthplace)
At a place called Cap's Cabin
It's recently moved from a teeny cabin
(hence the name)
to a bigger space in downtown Lamar
It was full on a Tuesday lunch
Lamar is about 40 miles from home
Cap's Cabin is famous for . . .
Fish and chips
(the best I've had outside of England)
I favor the flounder
It's served with Midwestern coleslaw and hush puppies
After, we came back to Linderhof
to celebrate birthdays
In the dining room
With the Aynsley Pembroke
And the lace tablecloth
Coffee and cake
The cake is an Italian Cassata cake
Simple and easy to make
A make ahead cake
I like those
All set for when we come back from Lamar
Slices of Birthday Cassata
with freshly brewed coffee
And presents (a dozen cranberry pecan rugalach) and cards!
2 c. Ricotta cheese
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. liqueur (sherry, brandy, Amaretto, I used Maraschino liqueur)
1/4 c. finely chopped candied cherries
1/4 c. mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1 pound cake (I used Sara Lee frozen)
1 c. mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1 t. instant coffee dissolved in 1/4 c. boiling water
6 T. unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, chilled
sliced almonds for garnish
Combine ricotta, sugar, liqueur and mix until silky. Fold in candied cherries and 1/4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips. Set aside.
Cut pound cake in half horizontally using sharp serrated knife. Cut each half again horizontally. Place pound cake on serving platter. Spread 1/4 ricotta mixture evenly over cake. Repeat procedure twice. Top with remaining cake layer; press lightly to compact layers. Cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile heat 1 c. chocolate chips and coffee in top of double boiler over hot, not boiling water. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted. Add butter pieces, one by one, stirring constantly, until all butter is added and melted. Remove from heat; let cool to spreading consistency, about 2 hours. Spread top and sides of cake with chocolate frosting. I garnished the cake with sliced almonds on top.