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Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Birthday Mr Honey Pie

It's Mr Honey Pie's birthday and I couldn't wait to try out the new toy I received at Christmas time.  This is the first opportunity I've had to use it for gift giving.  I will update you later with the wonderful things this toy can do.  But for the moment, you can see the paper doilies I made to embellish some upcycled paper sacks and a birthday card.

I spent a whole day baking and decorating a birthday cake for Mr H.P.
I'm getting a bit tired of making the same cake for birthdays so I decided to try something a bit more adventurous.
So I made a Battenberg Peek-a-boo cake (instructions here). 

This cake is a bit reminiscent of my rainbow cake from last year 

(The above cake is the cake I made for Miss Six and my niece's shared celebration).

But I still felt a little surprised with the height of the cake even though it was a four layered cake.
A little hint, or maybe two hints...first individually plastic wrap and freeze the layers or chill them very well in the fridge before you start cutting into them. Then, make sure you clear ALL THE CRUMBS AWAY before you start to cut into the cake and while you're working...I had to brush off all the crumbs before I could coat the cake with the jam wash to prevent a big mess.  I used a cream cheese frosting rather than the marzipan used in the recipe because our Daughter does not like marzipan.

I only used one batch of frosting but I should have made two...The amount I made barely covered the cake.

Little Miss Six was as excited as Mr H.P. to about his birthday present.

We have a running joke in our household now that both of its occupants are hexagenarians and it goes like this: too many candles, not enough cake.
So you see, that is why the cake needs to be a little more outstanding the older we get!

What do you think?

And I will certainly be making this again...this was just a practice run!

Oh, and by the way, I'd run out of pink food colour without realising it (who checks their food colour before shopping?) so I used green instead!

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