Monday, November 27, 2006

A Final Birthday Post

Mum requested a picture of Ben's birthday cake, so here it is. As Ben's party was in the cinema we weren't able to bring a cake so I asked his teacher if I could bring one into school for Ben to share with all of his friends today.

I love making birthday cakes and have a number of books with cakes to inspire me. My favourites are The Australian Woman's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book and The Complete Cadbury's Cookbook. It is a tradition in our house that a few weeks before your birthday you peruse the books before deciding on the final design. This gives me time to source any unusual materials I may need. I never follow the recipe as I have an oil chocolate cake recipe that is delicious and stays fresh for a week, in fact it tastes better on day two than on the day it's baked. I just look at the pictures for inspiration and do my best.

This is the second time I made a dessert forte as Dillon had one about seven years ago. There are lots of cakes I'd love to make (some years the children get two if their party is on a different day to their birthday) and only one I definitely wouldn't like to make again, a castle! This is a picture of my favourite, I tried to persuade Mollie for three years to have a swimming pool but she always said no, then when she was eight I said nothing and she choose it. I should of kept my mouth shut before!


sallywrites said...

Great cake Beccy!!

Could I have your recipe for your oil based chocolate cake please? I love making birthday cakes, but often use a madeira cake recipe, because they keep too. A chocolate cake that keeps for a week is brilliant though. I made our Christmas cake the other day and our youngest, Daisy (6) was most disappointed, because she wants a chocolate log. I explained that you really can't make chocolate cake 6 weeks in advance, but she won't have any of it. At least if I can make it a week before she will have forgotten her grouse by Christmas!


Beccy said...

Sure Sally I'll email it to you.

Anonymous said...

Beccy I am reading this from Spain thought I would give you a surprise. This cake looks good.

Anonymous said...

I love it! Very artistic ;)
Also, thanks for stopping by our blog!!!

Beccy said...

You did give me a surprise Mum, hope you're having a nice relaxing break.

Thanks Shelly, I think I have a lot to learn about photography!