For most people, the word “party” conjures up an image that is so intimidat-
ing, so overwhelming, so terrifying that they just want to skip the whole
thing — it’s just too much pressure.
A party doesn’t necessarily have to be a big, extravagant to-do. A party can
be as simple as a few people getting together for conversation and snacks. As
my guests leave even my most simplest parties, I consistently hear the same
thing: “That was the best time I ever had,” and it’s always me saying it. But I do
know in my heart they all feel the same way, probably.
I don’t even like to use the word “party” because often the word gives
people grand expectations. So when you see the word “party,” don’t think of
pony kegs and loud Southern rock or cigarillos and businesswomen. Don’t
think about cockfights — even though it’s hard not to. Don’t think tiki lights
and fruity cocktails served in coconut shells on the patio, or a large group
of drunken seamen clustered together shouting over each other.
Think simplicity. Because if there is one thing I am, it’s clinically simple.
From the book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris. Copyright © 2006 by Amy Sedaris, now available
in paperback. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing, New York, N. Y. All rights reserved.
» Angel food cake from a box
» 10" cake pan
» Slicing knife
» Ice cream or whipped cream filling
» ½c toasted almonds (optional)
» ¹/ c shaved toasted almonds (optional)
» Whipped cream and frosting
1. Make an angel food cake
from a box.
Take your 10" angel food cake and place it on a
plate (Figure A, following page).
Photography by Billy Erb
This is the only boxed cake I ever make, because
to me it tastes just like a homemade one and you
don’t have to deal with egg whites. Egg whites
intimidate me (for some people it’s phyllo), but
either way, the best part of making an angel food
cake is that you get to hang it upside down on a
wine bottle for an hour, and you can still do that
with a boxed angel food cake.
2. Slice the top.
Slice the entire top from the cake, about 1½" down.
Lift off the top and put it somewhere else (Figure B).
3. Make a tunnel.
Make a tunnel and scoop out the angel food cake
Now there is a wall; it will look similar to a Jell-O
ring mold (Figure D.) Take the angel food cake that
you scooped out and put it on another plate.
4. Fill the tunnel.
Completely fill the cavity with either the chilled
whipped filling (see recipe on page 46) or with an
ice cream of your choice (Figures E and F).
5. Replace the top.
Put the top of the cake back on (Figure G).
6. Fill the top hole.
I like to use the cake left over from the tunnel
and stuff it in the center hole (Figures H and I).