Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Speciality Cakes

Hi All!

Woohoo! Two more days and its *Freeday*!!!

Now that's something to celebrate right there. Don't you find that these days are just flying by on hyper speed? I reckon we need to send Father Time a message and ask him to jam his beard in the clockworks for us. Murphy also seems to have his finger in the proverbial pie and that's where the plot thickens. As Time (and Murphy) would have it, people get older and that means birthdays. I love birthdays, not just because I get to spoil people with prezzies and love on their special day but also because I get to bake some cake!!! I found a couple of absolutely gorgeous cakes on the interweb. I would love to share some of these beautiful artworks with you and also add an awesome sponge cake recipe too!

Vanilla Sponge Cake:
2 cups flour
1 cup castor sugar
1 cup of full cream milk
1 tablesp baking powder
4 eggs
100g salted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence

1. Preheat your oven to 180C
2. Beat your castor sugar and eggs until they are creamy and light.
3. Sift together the baking powder and flour together.
4. Fold this into the egg mixture.
5. Heat your milk that its warm but not boiling, add the butter and vanilla essence and then mix into the flour mixture. Give this a good stir till is completely smooth.
6. Pour this into two greased 20cm cake tins and bake for 25 to 30 mins.
7. Allow your cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before icing and decorating.
I absolutely adore fondant (gum paste) work, or working with marzipan. Its great fun to make all your own decorations and an awesome way to express your creativity. Use food colouring or colour powders to give it some flair and pazzaz or to make a design that's been requested. I am a firm believer in bringing your children into the kitchen to bake with you. Its the perfect bonding time and really the best type of fun. I know I have said this before but I say it again. We lead busy lives and so do our kids, spending quality time with them is so very important because before you wipe your eyes out, Father Time has sped past and your babies are all grown up with kids of their own. At least they can now pass down the fun of baking and cooking with their little ones too; with the famous words, "this is how your crazy granny does it!" (Or grampa, dads :-D). So make the best of the time you have with them now.
I'm sending a slice of cake to Father Time but as Murphy would have it; that won't slow things down!

Love your kids with all your heart!
Chef Shants xxxxx

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