Why I’ve been missing, Part Three: A Graduation Celebration, and a Worldly Cake

by moderndomestic on June 14, 2010

Noah's Grad Cake

Congratulations class of 2010. The world is yours.

So, I mentioned last week that I catered a graduation party, which is the final reason why I’ve been missing from this blog lately. It was for the editor of Moment Magazine, a longtime friend and supporter of ModernDomestic (Moment also has a lovely regular feature on Jewish food, which you should check out). When Nadine asked me to cater the graduation party for her son, Noah, I was thrilled. I had helped out at several catering events before, but this was the first time I handled an entire event on my own – a vegetarian buffet dinner for 20 people.

Grad_Party 1

The spread. I was very proud of those spanakopita cups.

Nadine also requested a graduation cake fit for a high school graduate who plans to spend the next year traveling the world. So what better than to give him the world – or, a devils’ food cake frosted with a buttercream map of the world.

Noah's grad cake 2

It's so very, very blue. I like that.

My favorite thing on the buffet was definitely the spanakopita cups – little cups of phyllo dough with a cheese and spinach filling. But, of course, I loved the cake the most. I was worried that the blue and green frosting might look garish but I rather liked how bright it was, and I was very pleased with the deep and chocolaty devil’s food cake.

Grad Party_Noah cuts the Cake

The graduate - about to cut the cake.

So, anyone else want me to cater their party? Nadine was such a lovely hostess and I had so much fun planning the menu and getting my game plan together, I’m rather sad that it’s all over. I want another project to scheme for.

Edited to add – I completely forgot to thank my friend Nonna, who helped me prep the day of the party, and helped set up and clean up. I totally couldn’t have done it without her and she deserves great kudos! Thank you Nonna! And now, you should go check out her Women and Foreign Policy blog as a thank-you.

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Tammy Gordon June 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Love that you are catering and I’ll definitely keep you in mind! In the mean time, man I want a spanakopita cup…

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mary June 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Looks incredible. I love the “blueness” of the cake.

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Becca June 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

Everything looks delicious – can you share the spanakopita cup recipe? I’m guessing it cuts down on the “pastry crumbs flying everywhere” inevitability?

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W. Mark Felt June 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

That cake is fantastic – definitely a “marketing” item for later use. Oh, and I just read the pop-tarts recipe too. Want to try that one out as well.

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