party food and twinkie bundt cake

The next day after laser tag was the day of the party for T! It was just a small affair with Jake’s sister and her family, along with a friend of the family and my dad (plus Maya).

jake-on-the-grill

Jake manned the grill for the occasion and now I have photographic evidence that he can cook! Muhahaha.

bbq-grilled-chicken-legs

BBQ grilled chicken was the main meaty course for the party.

grilled-charred-corn

A summer party also isn’t complete without some grilled corn. Oh, corn on the cob, I’m going to miss you when summer is over!

veggie-tray

Little veggie platter that also had cheese cubes and little smokies (Maya might have received a few of those).

sweet-watermelon

There was also strawberries and my dad brought watermelon.

potato-salad-homemade

Jake’s mom also made these two delicious salads. Homemade potato salad with lots of egg (mmm)…

orzo-salad

and a really simple orzo salad with feta, parsley, and lemon (I love orzo salad).

twinkie-bundt-cake

T didn’t request anything specific for his birthday cake. I think he’s starting to feel like he’s too old now for themed cakes and his only request was that the cake be vanilla.

On Facebook I saw a post about a Twinkie Bundt Cake and I KNEW that this would be the perfect cake for him. When Hostess went “out of business”, Jake and I went to the Hostess outlet and ended up buying like 20 boxes of Twinkies. We maybe sold them on eBay for a ridiculous amount of money (maybe) but T decided to hang onto to his box of Twinkies and cherished it for quite some time. I figured this would be the perfect cake for him and his love of Twinkies!

t-blowing-out-candles

There was a bit of a mishap with the candles… hence there are only two left. He enjoyed being the center of attention that day!

inside-twinkie-filling

Here’s a peek at the inside of the cake. I had to dig a canal out in the middle of the cake to put the filling in (which is just a combination of butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla extract).

twinkie-bundt-cake-filling

I had a terrible time trying to judge just how big the hole needed to be, haha. Next time I’d probably just carve a bunch out, fill it, and then put cake crumbs back in (or carefully reconstruct it).

Happy 16th birthday, T. You are growing up too fast!

 

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

4 Replies to “party food and twinkie bundt cake

    1. Thank you! People got a little silly about the Hostess shortage. I wonder if they all felt silly a few months later. All I can say is that it maybe paid for most of Christmas that year. heehee

    1. Hi CC – Haha, we kind of got the idea on the spot. They were selling the boxes of Hostess stuff for $1 and we happened to be there when the last truck came in. We figured we could make a few bucks since they were only $1 a box – we were right!

      For the cake, I cut holes in the bottom, about every few inches and then carefully hallowed out a little tunnel and connected the holes. I did not make my holes big enough though! It was hard to judge/tell how big they were but I’d definitely make it bigger next time. OR I’d just cut out a tunnel, fill it, and then carefully put some cake back on top. No one will see the bottom anyway, really. I must try again!

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