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Monday, 25 March 2013

make it monday : birthday cake

To be perfectly honest, I find the idea of cooking with the children much more appealing than actually cooking with them (I have no patience ~ I'm a horrible parent), but Petal and Noah are old enough now that you can get them started and then wonder off, as long as you stay within earshot so you can veto making, for example, a christmas pudding.  Yes, this week.

I am completely aware that half the enthusiasm is because they get to eat the final results, and the other half is because they're hoping they might get to lick the spoon, or the beaters, or the bowls, or, in an ideal world, lick all of these and also the kitchen side.  After all, since it has to be cleaned, why waste the cake mix?

Mr Manley's birthday today meant that baking the all important birthday cake seemed a perfect way to occupy them for a while, particularly as Smiler seems to have the lurgy.  He's thoroughly bored of medicine ~ ten different ones today, some more than once. Anyway, it meant there was no way he was going to cope with cooking, so the baton was passed to Noah and Petal ~ I wonder how it will go...





Okay,  the kitchen looks a bit of a state, but surely from such messy beginnings a great cake will grow? 




Perhaps, in hindsight, a white top with a white cardigan may not have been the best choice Petal... Anyway, the timer beeped, time to take the two halves of the chocolate victoria sponge out of the oven...


That grey backdrop (no pun intended) is the kitchen floor...


...and that half looks like it may have sunk just a tad in the middle...


Great thinking ~ fill the sunken middle of the cake with mini smarties type sweets...



 ...and then put icing over the top to hide them...


Yep, great job ~ now some milk chocolate hearts and white chocolate mice for the top  (everyone likes white chocolate mice.  I dare you to eat just one...)




Yum.





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