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It’s 4:30 a.m. again.

Which may bring up the word insomnia. And you’d be right. But that’s another story. I’ve actually written a poem about my insomnia which I will post soon. Hopefully as a video. But the time is not now. Because insomnia brings up the issue of Big Pharma. Sleep drugs. Desperation. They are life buoys and undertows. I’m fighting the undertow now. But this particular blog is not meant to bring in William Burroughs. Another time.

What I want to talk about is cake.

It is the holidays after all and, one thing I love with passion, is cake. And fire, if I can manage it. So, children beware, the recipe that follows, if followed to it’s end, has some pyrotechnics. You can go stage 1, 2, or 3 here. Whatever makes you happy.

So, let’s rage the Martha Stewart machine with some flames, shall we?

The recipe (I recently brought this cake to a dinner party. Giddy is the operative word):

Bananas Foster Sexy Cake


Phase 1:

     1/2 cup butter, melted

       1 cup white sugar

       2 eggs

       1 teaspoon vanilla extract

       1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

       1 teaspoon baking soda

       1/2 teaspoon salt

       1/2 cup sour cream

       1/2 cup chopped walnuts

       2 medium bananas, mushed

Phase 2:

         1/2 cup butter, melted

          handful of brown sugar

          cup o’ happy rum

Phase 3:

            151 Bacardi

             Useful torch

I’m not one for detailed cooking instructions. Know this about me. Simply mix the wet in a separate bowl from the dry. Mix both bowls so the ingredients are happy and saying ‘how are ya’s’. Then, slowly add the dry to the wet. Sing something. I YouTubed “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb the other night. Fantastic. Good for the cake. Now grease your normal cake pan. Sprinkle it with sugar, add the cake mixand put it in a 350 degree oven for 50 -60 minutes.

That’s Phase 1.

Phase 2 involves half a stick of butter, a good, solid cup of rum and and handful of brown sugar.

Melt the butter and introduce the rest of the ingredients. Let them say their ‘hey, how are ya’s.’

When cake is cool, pour Phase 2 ingredients over the cake. Voila. Happy Holiday Cake.

Now, for the pyrotechnics.

Phase 3: You will need any rum that has a 151 alcohol rating.

Place the cake in a serving dish that has a good solid lip. The kind of thing you’d put a roast in. Pour the 151 Rum like a moat around the cake. Just a little, just a fingertip amount. Then, when the table is ready and everyone is leaning back, light the rum. You can use a small kitchen torch.

The rum will catch fire with a lovely blue. It’s even better if you turn out the lights. i can’t promise that the cake won’t burn in places. This is the risk of the Sexy Cake. But it will delight in more ways than one.

Happy Holidays, friends. Go at it.