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Erupting Volcano Cake

6 8-inch baked round cakes
Brown and green Frosting
1 fresh egg
2 to 3 drops red food color
1 1/2 ts sugar
1/4 lb dry ice
1 to 2 oz hot tap water

Make six 8" round cakes using your favorite mix or buy cakes from
a bakery.

Buy two or three dollars worth of dry ice from an ice cream store the
day you will need it. Keep the dry ice in freezer. Be sure to handle
the dry ice with gloves or tongs just to be safe. If your ice cream
store doesn't have dry ice just look in your local Yellow Pages
telephone directory under "Dry Ice".

Now use your juice glass or cookie cutter and cut out a hole in
the center or the top two layers of cake. This hole will form a
well in the center of the cake and hide the special effect.

Now construct the Volcano cake, round pyramid style, on a cake
platter or large dish. Trim each layer into successively smaller
rounds and stack and frost them into mountain shape using the last
two layers with the holes as its top.

With a small piece of aluminum foil, line the well in the center
of the volcano cake. Use the juice glass as a mold and form foil
around the glass.

Now frost the cake, smoothing out the small step-like ledges. Use
chocolate frosting for the whole cake first. Then use green frosting
as highlights around the mountain to resemble vegetation.

When you are ready to serve the cake, make the "lava". Separate
the cleaned egg and discard the yolk. Put the egg white in a small
mixing bowl with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and 2-3 drops red food
coloring.Beat until the egg white starts to thicken. You don't want
stiff peaks to form, just a thick, foamy texture.

Now place two or three small chunks of the dry ice into the foil-lined
well of the cake and pour in the red egg mixture. Nothing much will
happen yet. Now fill your juice glass with hot tap water and take
the Volcano Cake and water to the table where your guests are. When
you are ready to produce the Special Effect, simply pour one or
two ounces of the hot water into the egg and dry ice mixture and
your realistic Volcano Cake will erupt large quantities or orange,
foamy "lava" and white "smoke" for several minutes while you serve
your delighted guests pieces of genuine Erupting Volcano Cake.

Alternate Foam Generating Technique: If you can't find dry ice in
your area, you can still produce the foaming "Lava" effect. There
will be no smoke, but you will have plenty of foamy lava. You will
need a small, short juice glass or a shot glass that will fit snugly
in the center of the Volcano Cake (a glass 3" tall and 1 1/2" in
diameter would be perfect). You will also need one small box of
Jell-o, one small bottle lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate
of soda. Make Jell-o according to package directions. Let cool 15
minutes. When Jell-o is still (not hot), fill juice glass 1/2 full
with the warm Jell-o. Pour in enough lemon juice so that the glass
is almost full, or about 1/2" from the top. Place glass down into
hole in the cake so lip of glass is flush with top of cake. You
are now ready to produce the effect. When ready, put 1 tablespoon
of bicarbonate of soda into the glass and briefly stir (1-2 seconds).
Jell-o foam will immediately pour out the top of the glass and flow
down the sides of the cake.

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Kid's will love this one!, April 6, 2004 - 05:09 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Upstate, New York
I just watched this cake in action! What a great idea! My daughter's Kindergarten class, along with the teacher and helpers, thought this was amazing. I didn't prepare it but whatever work it took - it was well worth it! The dry ice was a little difficult to find in our area and was only sold in a 12lb. chunk! Give it a try - it is so much better than the standard baking soda and vinegar one - plus you can eat this one!

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