Monday, April 03, 2006

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake

For last Sunday's dessert I decided to try out making the famous Steel Magnolia's recipe recited by Truvy...Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa:

"It's a cuppa flour, a cuppa sugar, a cuppa fruit cocktail with the juice, mix and bake 'til gold and bubbly."
"Sounds awfully rich."
"It is, so I serve it with ice cream to cut the sweetness."

The results: I thought it was god awful but that fam of mine...they actually liked it. I'm starting to believe that they will eat anything and like it. I found it to be kinda...chewy. I did serve it with ice cream as well. (And Jen, I know how much you love this movie also! I thought about you while I was making this dessert!)

My mom and I love Steel Magnolias, it's kinda 'our movie'... she even made me an armadillo cake complete with the mysterious grey icing and red velvet cake innards. I couldn't believe how many people didn't get it!

ah well....anyway, here's a funny quote from the movie for you to enjoy:

Ouiser: I don'’t see plays, ‘'cause I can nap at home for free. And I don'’t see movies 'cause they'’re trash, and they ain't got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don'’t read books, 'cause if they'’re any good they'’re gonna make '‘em into a miniseries.


Momsy said...

I have always wanted to try this recipe! Everytime I watch the movie, I wonder if it is any good.

Jennifer said...

{mouth agape} They didn't get it? The most fabulous armadillo cake, better lookin' than the one in the movie, imao, and people didn't get it? I'm in shock!!!

Glad the recipe turned out well. I've always meant to try it as well...

And I leave you with a quote from the always eloquent Ouiser Boudreaux: You are too twisted for color TV!

Feathers said...

Those look interesting, are they kind of like a pie? I think my hubby would eat just about anything too - except one time I made a batch of pancakes and they just came out awful for some reason. We put them out in the back yard so the squirrels could eat them, and even they did not touch them! LOL

Love that armadillo cake, too cute!

Rebecca-bakesale said...

Hmm, the Cuppc Cuppa Cuppa I think I would pass on. But that Armadillo cake is so cool. I always loved when the cut into in the movie and it looks like it's hacked open!
What a great mom!

Monica said...

That cake is so cute! I like the idea of the red insides...Ive never seen that whole movie so i wouldnt of gotten it!

Im not a movie person either and i've tried the play thing too, I live in NY and seen Broadway plays 3 times in my life(plus its ALOT of money!!) books I do like but its hard to find time for them! :)

Jessica said...

My favorite line from the movie is spoken by Miss Claree Belcher--"Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!"

amanda button said...

Just now discovered your blog! i love it! Anyone who can rock an armadillo cake like that is awesome in my book! LOL! And the cuppa recipe!!! (we make a scary "cuppa" peach cobbler in my family...being southern rules! hahaha!) And i cannot even begin to tell you how many times Steel Magnolias gets quoted 'round here...can't say something nice? Sit next to me!

Anyway, great blog, i am surely going to come visit again very regularly! :)

Gina said...

Whoah, your mom sounds cool.

julia said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to try this! I used to watch this movie with an old friend of mine all the time ...

That's so cool that your mom made that cake. At my wedding reception, I made sure there was a little zydeco music ... after Steel Magnolias, it seemed like a wedding w/o it would have been wrong.

vaxgirl said...

That bloody armadillo cake must have rocked your wedding! What a neat-o mom you have!

yorkist rose said...

In honor of your armadillo cake, here's a good one (thanks imdb):

Drum: Ouiser, can we call a truce long enough for me to get a piece of cake?
[Ouiser slices him the tail piece of an armadillo cake]
Drum: Aww, thanks Ouiser. Nothin' like a good piece of ass.

Anonymous said...

i wouldlove to hear more about your wedding and see some pics sometime! it sounds really quirky fun with lots of your personality infused in it! awesome!

desperate housewife said...

"Steel Magnolias" is the greatest chick flick of all time. I must have seen it a hundred times now, and I still always cry when Sally Field freaks out after Julia Roberts' funeral.

Barb said...

Hi, I also love Steel Magnolias and was lucky enough to play Ouiser in a community theatre production last year. At the time I made some 'cuppa cuppa cuppa' using canned fruit salad. It seemed fine... we all like it. But I just thought I'd check that fruit cocktail is fruit salad 'cos I want to make it again. The directer of our play had an Armadillo cake made for the last night of the play... it was great. It is one of the best films ever. Thanks, Barb, Melbourne, Australia.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the "Fruit Cocktail Cake" my Dad made a lot when I was a kid. It has:

1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. soda
dash of salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 can (approx. 2 c.) fruit cocktail, incl. syrup

Mix together and pour into ungreased 8x8 square pan (glass). Cover with topping.

1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Bake at 300 degrees F. for 45 min.

Great served with a dollop of whipped cream!

Anonymous said...

Oops... forgot to add a comment about the topping (above). Adjust to taste - you won't need all of it, just enough to still see spots of the batter in places under a gentle layer.

~ J

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dogwood branch said...

I have been making and enjoying cuppa cuppa since i was a very small child. its a tradition in our family to make it on every camping trip. our recipe runs a little differently than the one in the movie and is unique because it is cooked over hot coals..
1 stick butter
cuppa flour (self-rising)
cuppa sugar
cuppa milk
peaches (3-4 fresh or ~2 cups canned, drained)

so you melt the butter in the bottom of the baking dish. (we use a dutch oven and cook it in the coals of the camp fire) while it is melting, mix together the milk sugar and flour so that there is no clumping, then pour it into the dish. place as many sliced peaches on top of this mixture as you want (you can use other fruits too like frozen berries are good). put the lid on and cover the top with coals. check on its progress every now and then and when it is golden and fluffy its done! sometimes the bottom or the side closer to the fire gets a little burned but its delicious!

Anonymous said...

love this..... I love Steel Magnolias, your cake is great, we do not have the guts (or counter space) in the UK for such cakes, I have always wanted to try the cuppa cuppa cuppa cake and now I will......

Anonymous said...

I directed an amature version of the stage play a few years ago. Along with the cast I made some of the goodies found in the script (cuppa cuppa cuppa, armadillo cake, white chocolate cherry cheesecakes, etc.) to sell at the interval. All went down extremely well, and made some nice cash for charity.

judith said...

I am in throws of playing Clairee in a community theater group. One of our performances will be a 'dinner theater/tea. We are serving all the things mentioned in the show; cuppa,cuppa,cuppa white chocolate cherry cheese cake, pecan tassies,shrimp meat pies, crab claws and possible hot dogs. And of course armadillo cake. The cast will be serving at the tea in character. We are all looking forward to next Thursday( the day of the tea and this Friday, our opening night.
we are in a little town in up state western NY named Alden.

Anonymous said...

ill bet the solution might be to use self rising flour - it'll puff it up more like cobbler so its not so flat.

Shea said...

Alright;as M'lynn says : "Its repulsive it has grey Icing I wouldnt know how to make grey Icing"

So there's my question how do you make grey icing? is it a matter of mixing a white butter cream with a chocolate or whats the process
please let me know
BTW Steel Magnolias is my favourite movie and I'm in the process of Directing a great bunch of ladies in the play to be put on at the end of March.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to post and say my husband and I made the cuppa cuppa cuppa last night, just out of curiosity. Steel Magnolias has always been one of my favorites, and it is the only movie I think I can recite from start to finish, so when the line entered my head the other night I thought "we should try that and see how it comes out"! I know a bit about baking, and I thought it would be weird, but I was so curious to just do it without making any changes, just to know if it was indeed a real recipe, or just some strange concoction created by a playwright. Well, I have to say my husband and I both side with your opinion - we thought it was horrible! It tasted like Play Doh.... with fruit, I suppose, but the flour taste was way too strong. Now my husband has been talking about trying to improve on it, though, by using things like cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, or even lemon..... but then it isn't cuppa cuppa cuppa anymore, is it?

Anonymous said...

Did you use self rising flour? It would need something for levening.

couponmama said...

I ADORE Steel Magnolias (I wish someone had made an armadillo cake for my wedding reception too) Oh and just for fun I'll insert a quote as well, let's see how well I can do from memory... Shelby- "My reception, my reception...ferns, dance and tons of people...weddin' cake in the gazebo and the groom's cake...hidden in the car port!" I have been watching that movie since I was tiny, I know every last line and my husband WILL NOT let me watch it when he is home because I quote it the whole time and he gets aggravated! LOL It is certainly a classic! Anyhow, I have ALWAYS wanted to make the cuppa cuppa cuppa cake, but was never sure if those were the only ingredients or what, so I took from them and added a few, which I am guessing negates the cuppa cuppa cuppa aspect, but its similar. LOL
My version is
1/2C flour
3/4C brown sugar
1 tsp. backing powder
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
the zest of one lemon
the zest of one orange
1 can of fruit cocktail with juice
Mix well
pour into pie plate
top with 1/4C brown sugar and chopped walnuts and then bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. I still serve with the vanilla ice know to "cut the sweetness"!

Kim said...

I made it using fruit cocktail with Splenda as I thought it would be way too sweet with fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. I hope it tastes better with the heavy syrup because it was god awful. It tasted like rubberized sugar. No flavor--just rubber. I wouldn't even recommend it using the heavy syrup fruit cocktail.

Anonymous said...

Okay, first of all, I love the title of your blog. teehee I found your page while searching ideas for a creative movie-themed challenge I am hosting and our current movie is of course, Steel Magnolias. :) Cuppa cuppa cake is on my to-do list.
Would love it if you joined the challenge.