Our family is going to host a first debate gathering and bake off!
Sweet RemindersThese cake pops featured on Bakerella are a great inspiration for some EDG — Election Day Grub, that is. Grab your basic cake pop, get out your best red, white, and blue decorations and go gonzo! We love the voting theme of Bakerella’s batch, but why not adorn the pops with candidates’ names, outlines of states, or donkeys and elephants? Then get the family together to debate who’s pop is tops!?
A Trifling MatterThese patriotic trifles featured over on the Unsophisticook blog are so clever, we’re already making a list of what else we could jam in those petite jars. Simply made by layering berries, homemade whipped cream, and pre-made pound cake, these are a great last-minute option for an Election Day snack attack. Head on over to the full post to see how unbelievably simple these babies really are. We vote for easy and cute every day!s
No-Lie Cherry PiesOh Georgy and his cherry tree… These mini cherry pies would be a fun Election Day dessert, truth told. Featured over at Recipe Girl, these cuties pay delicious homage to the man who would not tell a lie when his father asked if he’d chopped down a cherry tree. What a great opportunity to teach the kiddos a fun historical story while you bake. We’d even add little GW silhouette cutouts on toothpicks as pie toppers.
Red vs. BlueOf course we couldn’t leave little donkey- and elephant-decorated treats off of this bi-partisan list! These cupcakes featured on the DelleciousDC (a DC-area cupcake shop) serve as inspiration for our Election Day party. Let’s break it down: Mix up some simple white cupcakes and frosting, cut blue donkeys and red elephants out of thin fondant, and finish with little American flags. These cupcakes are so stately that your guests will be raving about them for the next four years!
Packing a PunchWith all the heated political debates, your guests are bound to get thirsty! This patriotic punch recipe featured at Our Best Bites is a definite head turner. An added bonus is the science lesson you can teach the kiddos when layering liquids based on sugar content. Creative Mama Sara poured fruit punch, low-calorie sports drink, and diet lemon-lime soda, and then topped off the mix with some star-shaped cubes. So smart!!
Soup TimeThis red, white, and blue soup featured over at The Wind Attack blog has us singing its praises to the tune of the “Star Spangled Banner.” We’re suckers for anything that makes us think, “Hey, that’s made out of what?” Here’s what’s on the ballot for this recipe: Cream of cauliflower soup, tomato soup, and blue potato stars. Sample the two soups separately or swirl them together for a hearty Election Day dinner. The votes are in — this blog’s collection of drool-worthy (and mostly vegetarian) recipes is a winner.!
Cast Your CookiesHosting your own Election Day party? Then you must make Obama and Romney cookies like the ones featured at Night Kitchen Bakery. The Philadelphia bakery has come up with a foolproof way to predict the winner with their tallying of these shortbread cookies sold in their shop. Copy the idea for your own gathering, or set up a cookie decorating station for your guests to design their own cookie voting buttons. Like the website says, Not eating your dessert would be simply un-American.
Lincoln’s SweetsNow here’s a cake with staying power. Story has it Mary Todd Lincoln made a vanilla almond cake while courting Honest Abe. This vintage recipe, featured over at the Bake This Cake blog, comes with a side of 25 facts about Mary’s fascinating but tragic life story. Leslie, the mastermind behind Bake This Cake, offers inspired recipes with a dash of history. Serve cakes like this one at your Election Day gathering to spark conversation!
Political PopcornThe excitement and drama of Election Day will get you popping up a batch of this sweet and salty popcorn featured over at Mommy’s Kitchen. Popcorn, vanilla almond bark, white chocolate chips, pretzels, and M&Ms all jumbled together will liven up any Election Day party. We love that the recipe is customizable for any holiday, really — just switch up the colors of the M&Ms and chocolate drizzle and you’ve got a quick crowd-pleasing snack.
Presidential Petits FoursOkay, for all of you voted Most Likely to (Over) Achieve — this one’s for you. These delicate raspberry-lemon petits fours featured over at The Way the Cookie Crumbles are certainly fit for a President (and have the complexity in ingredients and process to prove it!). We know there are some super bakers out there who will appreciate the artistry that is the petit four. Baker Bridget’s step-by-step tutorial (along with her encouraging comments) gives us all hope for a better baking future.