Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tiger Cake with Peppermint Glaze for Cook Red to Remember

December 1st is World AIDS Day.

Back before I was blogging about baking. I was a food blog stalker. Admit it, many of us started that way.  At the time I was the author of expat blog that focused on my adventures living abroad and sometimes featuring my cooking. I found myself more and more fascinated by food blogs. One of my favorite at that time was Angela's Spinach Tiger. 

One day I read a post of hers calling bloggers to Cook Red to Remember.  Detailing the account of her brother's battle with AIDS, the piece was both moving and inspiring. Angela's gorgeous heartfelt writing left me in tears and I traveled back in time opening old wounds of my own.  The Cook Red to Remember challenge propelled me into the kitchen. 

I made these angel ribbon cookies, wrote a post on my own experiences during the heart of the AIDS epidemic and sent it to her. Like I said, I was not a food blogger at the time and I was and still am no great cookie decorator. The cookie design was inspired by Angels in America and executed with a Keith Haring style twist.  I believe Angels is one of the most beautiful plays ever written. I remembered sitting next to Yoko Ono in the Broadway production of part two on World AIDS Day in the early 90s, both of us sitting silent with tears streaming down our faces.  Anyway. I digress. When I sent my post to Angela it was one of the very first interactions I had with another blogger. I was insecure and sorta felt like the kid on the outside of the playground looking in.

Her response was amazing. I felt a kindred spirit and without knowing it she helped open the door to my confidence of interacting with other bloggers. I am thrilled she is back this year with her wonderful Cook Red to Remember tribute.

In addition to being seasonal, this cake has a double meaning. The red is to remember and the tiger twist is a belated thank you to Angels for our exchange those years ago.  It led to so much positive communication with other bloggers and gave me the courage to start this baking blog.

To all my friend living with AIDS, I love you so much and cherish that you are here. To all my friends, coworkers, teachers and mentors who died of AIDS, I remember you and honor you but most of all I miss you.

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For the cake I used a simple white cake recipe found here. I used a great tutorial from My Cake School to make the stripes.

The cake recipe is perfect for a regular sized loaf pan.

For the Peppermint Glaze:


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 +1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1+1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • Melt the butter and whisk in about 1/3 of the powdered sugar.
  • Add the peppermint extract when the mixture gets too thick.
  • Add the hot water and rest of sugar until you get a consistency that is thin enough to pour over the cake.
  • I used some red sugar crystals to make the AIDS ribbon on top of the cake. Pouring them on freehand before the glaze hardened. If you want to be perfect you can use a stencil.


  1. Lovely, thank you, friend. You bring me to tears every time. This is such a hard topic. Hard to get other bloggers behind it, which is why we will do it every year. Thanks for being willing to remember.xoxo

    P.S. Yesterday someone told me that we we lose a person, it's like losing an appendage. I was no longer a "sister" and that took time to get used to.

    1. These look really, really gorgeous to bring notice to such an important day! Thanks for the link!!

  2. Great initiative, Lora. Wow - that is beautifully vibrant and certainly will get folk talking about Aids. I'm totally understanding you about starting out on the blogging thing. Was the same. Still am and if I could take more time to stalk you, I would no probs!

  3. very informative post's always nice to learn about great causes and initiatives.
    this cake is so beautiful! love the vibrant colors and it's perfect for christmas time too!

  4. Thank you for sharing this story, you have a way of being so heartfelt you make everyone stop to think about the causes you are passionate about. I was just reading there has been an increase in new transmissions in Australia and a new campaign is underway to substantially reduce this.

  5. Good to see this. It's the only blog I've seen so far celebrating the heartache and how far we've come. I've got some family experience around this one and it's been a long road since the 80's. I appreciate Hillary Clinton's current stance on HIV in the world.
    Best Lora ... wendy


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