I am new to blogging and I am starting this as I am currently at home recovering from a appendectomy. Hubby and I are keen growers and love to spend time in the garden with the children. I love to cook, I cook what we grow. I love to bake, I bake to use up the eggs from our nine hens and three ducks. My plan is to share some of our successes and disasters and keep a record of our year.
We have many family traditions that have developed as our family has grown and the children get older. Birthdays are a huge treat and everyone gets to choose what theme and cake they will have. This month has included two birthdays (big girl and brother-in-law) and I thought I would share some of the baking for these events. If I can dig out some past cakes I will include these too to offer you ideas and hopefully some inspiration!
Brother-in-law is a chocolate fan and the cake plan was to make a chocolate malteaser treat. I never have a plan for the finished cake, just a theme. I bought lots of choc buttons, fingers and balls, and after making a chocolate duck egg sponge ( same as victoria sponge mix but replace hens eggs with duck eggs to give a richer finish) I set to work with little girl to decorate. A little ribbon around the cake adds to the occasion and doubles up and a safety belt holding the whole thing together! I always use a choclate ganache ( equal amounts of double cream and chocolate melted together) to stick the decorations on. We used a donut shaped cake tin that had a hole in the middle. This was great for filling with chocolate treats. We were really pleased with the finished event and a little spare sponge mix, ( it didn’t all fit in the cake tin), led to a few extra fairy cakes! Brother-in-law loved the cake so it was worth the effort.