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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vegan MoFo - What? No Halloweegan?! You got some 'splainin to do!

Today I took a break from Halloweegan to celebrate I Love Lucy's birthday. I Love Lucy is on my top five list of favorite TV shows of all time, and I just had to make an I Love Lucy cake to celebrate its anniversary!


Oddly enough, I became a Lucy fan only a few months ago. Before that, I used to find Mrs. Ricardo very annoying and over the top, but now I love her crazy shenanigans and over-the-topness! I must have mainly based my dislike on annoying Lucy impersonators that exaggerate her flamboyance.

Lucy rocks! She's a woman in the 1950's who does whatever she wants to do and never listens to her husband. She never does what Ricky tells her to do or not to do. She knows what she wants and she's going to do whatever it takes to get it. Of course, she always finds a way to get in trouble and make a big mess of things, generally with the help of the so very underrated Ethel!

So here's my tribute to Lucy, Ethel, Ricky, and Fred. Sorry about the terrible pictures. It was late and I had to use artificial light. This was a simple vanilla cake with a sweet raspberry filling and frosting. Check out my new Lucy mug!

38 comments :

  1. As a HUUUUUUGE fan of 'I Love Lucy,' I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how much I Love (ha!) this post!!! Fabulousness to the extreme!! :0)

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  2. i agree with liz, i am a i love lucy lover and have always loved watching reruns! (it must be the red hair) :)

    what cake recipe did you use? ed&bv? it looks delicious! white cake is my favorite, but i sadly have never had any luck with making a vegan version.

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  3. The first picture of the cake is amazing. But when I saw the second, my jaw dropped...it looks so good!!! What recipes did you use for this?


    I used to watch I Love Lucy when I was little but haven't seen it since =( I will have to start watching again.

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  4. artificial light or not, your pix look great. I used to watch Lucy all the time as a kid!

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  5. Hi River,

    Your cake is beautiful with lots of frosting- I love that!

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  6. I love Lucy too and still watch my favorite episodes. She reminds of me of advice my mom gave me whenever I would complain about a boyfriend being bossy - "Just say okay, then do whatever you want!"

    I love the pinkness of your cake!

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  7. I personally would prefer to set up my own chocolate conveyer belt, but the cake's cute!

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  8. Oh my gosh, that's so quirky... haha. I'm not a fan but I'll check it out now if it's on TV one day!

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  9. We are big I love Lucy fan. Total clean, crack-up fun! Love the tribute!

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  10. that raspberry frosting looks awesomely pink!

    recipe?

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  11. That cake looks delicious in any light. I especially love the generous amount icing in the middle, yum!

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  12. Oh, the frosting in the middle.... yummmmmmmmm!!!

    I should watch it. I think I saw an episode when I was in middle school, or part of one, but I don't remember it really.

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  13. I'm ashamed to say that having grown up in a country other than the States, I had never heard of the show until moving here. and I still have never seen an episode. do I get flayed or what?

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  14. Goodness, that certainly is pink! Love the cup too!

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  15. Thank you guys!! :)

    I didn't use any recipe, I winged it from beginning to end. Miraculously, it worked! I did write down the ingredients as I made it, but I'll have to make it again following my own directions before I can post it. You know, to be safe.

    Celine, you're too awesome to be flayed. Maybe if you bake us some yummy goodies we can forget about the whole thing. :P

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  16. Lucy rocks! I saw a great biopic of her - the drama, the miscarriages, the adultery - no wonder she was so OTT! That cake looks AMAZING, too, so pink! Just like your mug :)

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  17. what a fun (and tasty) way to celebrate I Love Lucy's birthday! that's too awesome, River! i think the photos look great - that vanilla cake with raspberry frosting looks like heaven itself. mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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  18. Lucy is awesome. I grew up watching episodes at my Nana's house. The cupcakes are great. No 'splainin necessary. :)

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  19. When was her birthday? Yesterday or today? I grew up watching (re-runs) of that show. That show was so much a part of our family that we just refered to her as 'lucy' like she was a member of our family! Totally liberated for her day, way ahead of her time. I often think of my hair-brained schemes and ill-fated adventures and laugh because they are so much like hers!
    Your cake is the most beautiful ever in the world!

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  20. I hope you forgive me because I don't know that show, but I love on the other side of the ocean, mkay?
    Whoever she is, taht cake is adorable! And it reminds me of the strawberry cakes I used to love in my childhood.

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  21. I am a huge Lucy fan, too. I just laugh uncontollably when I watch her - she is great to take your mind off your troubles! Love that mug.

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  22. So many Lucy fans!! Thanks for all the sweet comments guys!

    Shelly, October 15th was when the show first aired back in 1951. She really was WAY ahead of her time!

    Mihl, I always learn something new when I read your blog, now you've met Lucy reading mine! YAY! :)

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  23. That cake is totally making my mouth water!!
    YUM!!!!

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  24. I'm so hungry right now that I would eat that whole cake if I could. Vanilla and raspberry would hit the spot at this moment!

    Great job on the cakes and the pics are great!

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  25. I love Lucy too and now I really want that cake. OMV! you need to live with me. seriously. we can have cookoffs!

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  26. My favorite radio station on XM is Lucy! There's also an Ethel station and a Fred station. Sorry, no Ricky! They're all alternative rock stations.

    I love the pink frosting! Too super cute. I also really dig that mug!

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  27. raspberry frosting!! Oh god yes! that looks so good.

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  28. i really want to take a huge bite of of that cake. YUM!

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  29. OK... you really got some 'splainin' to do! But we love you, your blog and yes... we love Lucy! It's a hillarious show... I watched it growing up and still watch it when I can.
    My kids are stoked about trying the one eyed monsters... our "trial run" before we take them to our parkday potluck for Halloween!! Yehaw!

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  30. Raspberry frosting? O my. And I love the pink color!

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  31. I'm not a HUGE I Love Lucey Fan, though I did enjoy Lucille Ball. The show was always in the same format, so that got on my nerves, but I think my favorite was the grape crushing/wine making episode.

    I agree with the others, your cake is gorgeous. How did it taste?

    xo
    kittee

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  32. As a long-time Lucy fan, I think I deserve a slice of that cake, no?

    It looks superb!

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  33. I swear, you subconsciously made this for me. I have been a HUGE Lucille Ball fan since I was a little kid. (My room back home at my mom's house even has an I Love Lucy theme) This is great!

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  34. that cake is awesomely pink.

    I worked in a chocolate factory and was at the end of the cooling tunnel grabbing the chocolates as they came out and putting them in those brown paper cups. they decided to speed it up without asking me, so I sort of got behind. Not as out of control as the lucy and ethel at the chocolate factory scene. nobody else working there thought it was funny (but I did).

    it's funny how tv shows are. I caught bits and pieces of seinfeld for years and thought it was the dumbest thing ever. then I really got into it. strange.

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