Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

When I think of poppy seeds, I think of the Wizard of Oz.  When I think of the Emerald City, I think of the Hotel Del in Coronado.  The hotel opened in 1888 and L. Frank Baum, began wintering and writing there in 1904.  Rumor has he based his designs for the Emerald City on the hotel.  What I do know for sure, is this cake would have made him scream, “Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, OH MY.”  What to do with the leftover Limon Rum?  It makes one hell of a pitcher of Blackberry Mojitos.  Ask me nicely, and I’ll invite you over for some.

P.S.  Photos by Rich Pencek, mad scientist by day, bad-ass photographer by night.  Nail polish in Dick Weed by Bleach Black, sold at Need Supply Co. Though I think I would have called the polish, “The Milk Weed”.

Recipe Here


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64 Responses

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    Holly Orlando 

    I can’t wait to try this one!!! Love the pictures…..I have to have those shoes!!!

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    T G Cooke 

    love it…and wow

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    carrotpeople 

    Love the site, and pretty please on the blackberry mojitos? =)

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    El Fuego 

    Really love the shots but adore the story (history)!

  5. Super cute shoes! And the cake looks extra tasty, yummmmmmm ;)

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    Sonya 

    mmmmm. I want your shoes, I would love to have mojitos with you and the cake looks delish! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Summer- Thank YOU sooo very much. That’s an uber-big compliment, coming from the fashion diva that is YOU!

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    Linda 

    Love this and Kuddos to the photographer…great framing! of the subject. There goes any thoughts of a diet!

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    Stephanie Caños 

    You continue to amaze me with your photo shoots and recipes!!!!! Keep up the good work. I miss San Diego:( Catcha the next time around.

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    Josh 

    I want some. Now!

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    Barb 

    Mmmmmmm sounds delicious- is it okay to drink the rest of the bottle of rum while making and baking it? Great pics and story too- keep ‘em coming!

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    Michael 

    Jenny, this is such an amazing site! These photos are as exceptional as your food : ) Your site really showcases your culinary skills and your quirky, fun loving sense of humor. I love it. I have no doubt this site will be a huge success! I’ll be sure to share this with all my friends.

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    michele 

    great photos and love the San Diego history – I never knew SD had a connection to Oz. Keep it coming. Look forward to the posts

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    Monthego 

    Nice one, Jenny! Will have to whip this up when I’m back in my kitchen!

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    Randy 

    Excellent as usual Jenny! Keep them coming…

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    Linda 

    The pics are great and this cake sounds very tasteeee. btw…. Love the shoes :)

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    Lisa O 

    Jenny, I will never lose weight with this! Did you say POPPYSEEDS! You know I love anything poppyseed…. Yummmmmmmm! Ps want those sunglasses.

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    Art 

    yum! and it’s easy enough even I can make it!

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    VSC 

    Thanks for the love everyone. Those shoes are smoke’n hot right? I was at my hair salon http://disconnectedsalon.com/ and the young fabulous girls had on the hottest boots. They sent me to Forever 21! Yep, I said it, Forever 21! I’m no longer too old to shop anywhere.

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    Christina 

    I am already OBSESSED with the Wizard of Oz, but this cake has really done it in for me. I wish Dorothy and her friends were around to try out this incredible recipe!!! :)

  21. Wow, super recipe and super pictures!

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    Kika 

    Okay – am I suppose to drink the Bacardi while making the cake or use it in the cake? Guess I will try both! ; )

    I have decided to make and eat every one of your recipes – all of that yummy sugar must be the source of your amazing creativity!

  23. Oh my gosh, that cake looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    sippitysup 

    I like you attitude and your cake! GREG

  25. Great recipe – begs to be made. You got ruby slippers to go with that cake?? ;)

  26. Like the lion, you have courage, like the scarecrow clearly have a brain and like the tin woodsman you having a heart to make the lovely cake.

  27. Hi Jenny, Thanks for the add! Cake looks super yummy and the photos are killer! Cheers!

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    Antony 

    Now I’m thinking…do I make the recipe myself, or do I just wait for the awesome Jenny to bring it to one of upcoming parties?!
    Love the pix!

  29. I want the rum, cake and the shoes… Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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    Lynn Johnson 

    Jenny,
    Everything looks great!!! I love the recipes. I am going to have to try them out. I will let all my friends know. Keep trucking!! It looks great!!

  31. OMG! You are doing great! Congrats! I think I need to bake this bad boy!

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    IslandEAT 

    Hi, Jenny. I enjoyed the Baum backstory – am I forgetting about poppy seeds in Oz? But I’ve always wanted to see that hotel and never have during my few visits to SD.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  33. I am asking nicely:) Please… Love this cake and the photos are just great. When you have a moment please stop over to our site, we left a little present for you:) http://dld.bz/mBpk

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    VSC 

    OMG! I feel like I’ve just won the lottery! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. That means the world to me coming from a professional blogger like yourselves. You’ve motivated me to keep on truck’n. xoxo

  35. Yum……YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are adorable (smokin’ shoes!) and that cake looks so damn good!!!

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    Shin 

    Oooh, looks so delicious!! Your shoes are fabulous!! xoxoxoxoo

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    Dan J 

    looks lavish oh and the cake looks good too. Tell Rich nice work on the photos.

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    Padre Fan 

    Hey VSC,

    You weren’t wearing the Classic B-52 wig at the Padre game tonight!

    Would have loved to have seen that do!

    Great game, eh?

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    June 

    Awesome photos and great recipe. Nice recommendation on the rum too! (Can I get an invite when you make them again? Pretty please?)

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    Ruby 

    Nice looking cake! I didn’t know that about Baum and the Hotel Del. I do love that place though, not least because it was where they filmed Some Like it Hot and it also was where Somewhere in Time (the book not the movie) was set. It definitely has a magical quality about it, like you could walk around a corner and step back in time.

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    Anna 

    Yummmm, this cake looks luscious, loved the shoes too. :-)

  42. mmm that poppyseed cake looks de-lightful!

    aaaand hi! I’m Polly :)

    I love the Wizard of Oz!

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    Ann 

    Love the pictures of the cake. Looks yummy, and wish I had somer now. Did I say I love the pictures already…. I am really impressed. WOW!

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    MISTY 

    I WANT A PEICE RIGHT NOW SOOOO BAD!! LOOOKS SO MOIST AND FLUFFY! …. PS. I WANT THOSE SHOES!!

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    Terri 

    Yumo! I don’t know which item I love most among the recipe, your dress, the shoes, the photos, or the story. It’s all amazing. I cannot believe those shoes are from Forever 21.

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    Jim 

    The recipe sounds great, can’t wait to try it. What a creative connection to a great photo shoot. I know what I’ll think about the next time I see the Wizard of Oz, Yummmm!! Can’t wait for your next recipe, keep them coming Jenny

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    kirsty 

    lovely pics xxx

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    HP 

    Great job on the site, Jenny. Looking forward to seeing you in Detroit!

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    Mhel B 

    hey! thanks for the invite Jenny… Love your shoes! oops back to the recipe… Yummy! a cake with a kick!

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    Chris Orlando 

    We get recipes, a story, AND pictures!!! Very nice Jenny!!!

  51. absolutely amazing pictures, i want to play on the beach in sexy heels!!

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    Teresa in London 

    This one is going to be perfect for the landlady’s birthday! It looks brilliant! xo

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    Jax 

    So gonna make these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Monica Lindsey! 

    Well done Jenny, i will make this for sure!
    xoxooo!

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    Chet F 

    Wow… what a buttery rich frosting on that cake! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm!

  56. this is my first time that i have visite you post and it is awesome ..

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    The Other Joy 

    My mouth’s watering!!!

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    Tiffany 

    We are making these for the first Charger game party of the season!

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    VSC 

    Wooo hooo Tiffany!! Thank you, Thank you!!

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    Jackie 

    Made this cake last weekend. Loved it! Very easy to bake.

  61. Your blog is really full of it … err, I mean, chock full of very good writing, excellent recipes, and fun. I completely adore lemons (I’m a sourpuss) and poppy seeds in anything, but particularly cake. Love it!

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    VSC 

    Thank you so much Barbara. You always crack me up.. Thanks for taking your time to comment. It’s much, much appreciated. :)

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    Jill 

    That looks really scrumptious and those blackberry mojitos sound quite amazing I might add. Having tried your regular mojitos, I can only imagine. Yum yum!

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    VintageSugarcube 

    Jilly, come and visit and I will make you any favor of mojitos you want girlie.. XOXO

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