Posted by: Madeline's Plate | February 3, 2012

That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers – it’s… GROUNDHOG DAY! (a.k.a. How to Throw a Groundhog Day Party)


Do you recognize the title? It comes from one of the best American comedies in existence: Groundhog Day.

February is the month that winter begins to seem endless, when I crave sunshine and sandals. Even in Austin where “winter” this year has been only a formality, I felt in need of a party to lift the February blahs.

When my roommate and I discovered our shared love of watching Bill Murray relive the same day again and again, we knew it was the perfect excuse for a party. Key ingredients to our soiree:

Winter Cake – Devil’s Food Cake with Meringue Icing

Spring Cake – Lemon Sponge Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Rose Whipped Cream

Groundhog Cake – Jam Spice Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

Playlist – Standard party mix…with “I Got You, Babe” playing every fourth song.

Entertainment – Groundhog Day playing in the background. Be warned that even with closed captioning and no sound, your guests will begin to migrate to the television. The movie is that funny.

Constructing a groundhog cake was easier than I anticipated – one 8″ round cake was cut into two half moons and spackled together with frosting. Then a second round was used to make smaller half moons that were added on to the sides. A bit of angling with a sharp knife and the whistlepig was born. Be aware that it takes *a lot* of icing to create a groundhog, I made about 2.5 batches in total. For the ears, nose and paws, marzipan dipped in chocolate is pleasing to both the eyes and tongue.


One last thing… don’t forget to propose a toast to World Peace.


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