“Live Long and Prosper!” was exchanged frequently at my house this past weekend. My boyfriend and I, along with 14 of our friends, celebrated a pre-holiday that all Trekkies should know: First Contact Day. Yep, the Star Trek movie, First Contact, predicts that in 2063, an alien race will decide finally to make contact with humans on Earth. A much-anticipated event that requires drinks and food of all kinds.
Ok, not ALL kinds, but Star Trek kinds! We basically hosted the nerdiest Trek party around – complete with a viewing of the aforementioned movie and other Star Trek episodes; our living room was decorated to look like we had gone to Red Alert; guests were wearing all sorts of Trek garb (including my new set of Captain’s pips from Chris!!); and themed treats to indulge in while partying it up.
Last year, I shared a few of those recipes, such as Captain Sisko’s Ratamba Stew, Constable Odo’s Bruschetta, and the blue-hued Romulan Ale. This year, I baked some Cookies. Earl Grey. Sweet., a Cellular Peptide cake, and we even had Fuzzy Tribbles (in both cake bite and adult beverage form).
Cellular Peptide cake comes from an episode in The Next Generation, “Phantasms,” where the android Data kind of loses his mind and starts having dreams, which is uncharacteristic of androids. One of the most bizarre scenes is when he approaches the Klingon Worf, who states he’s eating a “cellular peptide cake, with mint frosting.” Ok, if that wasn’t strange enough, we come to find out this “cake” is really the Counselor Troi in cake form! Check out the video clip. It’s weird.
But the point is: there’s cake! In the episode, the cake appears to be a white or yellow vanilla cake. But because Deanna Troi LOVES chocolate so much, I opted for a chocolate cake. In the mood to keep things somewhat healthy, I found a healthy version of a Texas sheet cake on Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog – it’s the perfect size for a cake that needs to be shaped into a human torso without it being overly huge.
To make the mint frosting, I opted for icing made with coconut oil, powdered sugar, milk and peppermint extract. Get this: this frosting is made in the FOOD PROCESSOR. I swear, it was done in less than 5 minutes. I can’t rave enough about this! And it’s coconut oil, so that’s totally healthy, right? 🙂
Some food coloring and artistic patience later, I’ve got a cellular peptide cake with mint frosting. One friend commented that the final product tastes like a cake version of Thin Mints. And she was right!! So whether you’re an equally huge nerd, or just like the flavor of Thin Mints, this cake is totally for you. Throw on an episode of Star Trek and get baking! Neelix would want you to 🙂
Cellular Peptide Cake with Mint Frosting (aka Thin Mint Cake)
First, make this healthier Texas Sheet Cake, from Chocolate Covered Katie. (I made no alterations to her recipe, so just follow along! Be sure you use a 9×13″ rimmed baking sheet – nothing larger.)
Let the cake cool completely in the baking sheet. Make the frosting in the meantime.
- ½ C coconut oil, room temperature – you want this in a solid state
- 3 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/4 C nondairy milk
- Optional: food coloring
Combine the coconut oil, sugar, extract and milk in your food processor. Cover and blend until it mixes together completely. Add more milk as necessary to keep the frosting moving.
If using food coloring for cellular peptide cake, transfer 2/3 frosting to one bowl, and 1/3 frosting to another. Color the larger amount to make it a deep blue, like Counselor Troi’s uniform. Color the smaller amount with equal parts green and red food coloring to achieve a dark gray (or buy black food coloring). Mix well until the colors are incorporated throughout.
For cellular peptide cake, you’ll want to trim the cake to make it look like a torso – basically like a T-shirt. Cut a V-neck, cut some shoulders, and trim a half inch off either side of the “stomach” area.
Scoop colored frostings into two separate plastic sandwich or piping bags. Follow my picture or one online to achieve the look of Deanna Troi. I used three white chocolate chips to represent her Lt. Commander status pips (the third one of which I added a dot of the gray frosting to signify that it was a hollow pip).
Tip: pipe a border on the edges of the cake first, and fill it in from there. The frosting is fluid enough that the piping lines will set and blend into each other for a seamless finished product.
If you’re just making this as a tasty Thin Mint cake, spread the plain white frosting over the entire cake – no need to trim anything off of it! Optional: dye the frosting green to evoke a minty look. Let it set an hour before slicing and enjoying.