FAN FOODS: The Stay Puft Ectoplasm Cake

Stay Puft CakeIf you saw (and/or wept tears of inspiration and joy during, like I did) the “Like a Girl” campaign during the Super Bowl last weekend, then you now know how to run and punch like a girl. Well, come 2016 we’re also going to learn how to fight ghosts like a girl. By four of my favorite comedian juggernauts. And girls. I’m getting emotional again just thinking about it.

Stay puft cake 2So I thought I’d do what I do best and bake a treat in their honor (and pull a script off the library shelf).

Garlic, My Soul, Fanboy Comics and I have compiled a glorious conglomeration of cake, photos, recipe and script pages from the original GHOSTBUSTERS draft written by Dan Aykroyd in 1983. This script has been flying off the shelf of the Foundation Library like the card catalogs in the opening scene of the original film (although the WGF Library is less haunted by ghosts than aspiring screenwriters and film scholars – even though we welcome all types, dead or alive).

May this weird and wonderful mixture of media be my tribute to girls doing their thing everywhere and one small fist in the air for gender bending remakes.

INGREDIENTS

1 box King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
½ cup butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 package green Jello (I used lime flavored)
1 carton whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare the cake mix per the instructions from the intrepid souls at King Arthur Flour.
  2. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes in its pan, then gently remove and place on a cooling rack.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the jello packet according to the instructions.
  4. When the cake is completely cooled, put back into the pan and using a knife or fork, poke holes, from top to bottom, all over the cake.
  5. Pour the liquid Jello over the cake, focusing especially on the holes you just poked. (pour a small bit of Jello into a cup and refrigerate if you would like to top your cake with ectoplasm like we did).
  6. Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour.
  7. Beat the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Frost as you like. Enjoy!

Magnificent photo credits to Garlic, My Soul and nerd solidarity and inspiration from Fanboy Comics.

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Thor-Sized Cereal Power Bars

As a small digression from my standard format here, I made these Thor-sized cereal bars in an effort to bribe Thor into becoming an icon for cultural awareness. I just want to see a children’s book or Archie-style comic entitled “Thor Learns About Cereal” or “Thor Learns Proper Earth-Bound Coffee Refill Protocol” – something harkening to the beauty in our differences and hilarity in absurdly ripped men from a heavenly realm discovering the miracle of mortal breakfast foods.

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Cereal is a fiber-packed staple for those surrounding the Norse god’s earthly adventures – at least in the Jane Foster camp. Packed in her trailer and eaten in lieu of other sweets in her more emotional and Thor-missing moments, cereal seems to mean a lot to this scientist and her god. Or at the very least (in cereal-marketing-speak) start their mornings off right, keep them going throughout the day as well as going regularly!

These cereal bars add your breakfast cereal of choice to the originial Rice Krispie treat recipe – following that time-tested, easy-to-make formula. You can cut them into any shape or size you find convenient for packing on-the-go on your way about the realms. And do, in fact, deliver sugary-peanut-buttery energy just when you need it (like during your Marvel movie binge watching fest so as to be properly prepared for everything forthcoming). I just hope Phase Three allows Thor time to continue on his culinary journey.

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Delicious photography and culinary know-how courtesy of Garlic, My Soul.
Very special thanks to the folks of Fanboy Comics for their geek-tastic inspiration and encouragement.
Drop by the WGF Library to read Thor and Thor: The Dark World for yourself!

INGREDIENTS
2 ½ tablespoons butter
½ cup peanut butter
1 package marshmallows
6 cups cereal of your choice! I used Crispix because I’m obsessed with Crispix but Chex (in any fun flavor) would work wonderfully for the completely GF crowd. Be sure to check your labels.

DIRECTIONS
1. Grease a medium pan and set aside.
2. In a large pot, melt butter over low stovetop heat.
3. Stir in peanut butter.
4. Mix until melted and creamy.
5. Pour in marshmallows.
(Life Hack: spray your stirring utensil and later whatever you use to compact the mixture into the pan with cooking spray to help lessen stickage)
6. Turn off heat when marshmallows are almost completely melted (you may still see small marshmallow lumps).
7. Stir until smooth.
8. Slowly fold in cereal and mix until evenly coated.
9. Turn the mixture out into your greased pan and spread evenly.
10. Let cool, then cut into any size or shape you find convenient for your travels about the realms.

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