Thursday, February 5, 2009
Birthday Cake #2
Last week I blogged about the first of my cakes I made myself for my birthday. This is the second which I brought in as part of my work birthday morning tea shout. I was inspired by a photo in one of my Peggy Porschen books to create this cake. Once again it was a yummy chocolate cake covered in green fondant (which I coloured a little too brightly, but it was ok) and little daisies which I made. I think the effect is simple but still quite lovely.
The rest of my morning tea shout had a bit of a “Southland” flavour (I am originally a Southlander). Morning tea shouts are funny things, because that time in the morning most people really just want something savoury like a sausage roll! But, not being big on sausage roll, I made cheese rolls, which are a real Southland iconic food. Cheese rolls are slices of bread spread thick with a mixture of grated cheese, evaporated milk and a packet of onion soup mix, melted together and thickened, rolled up (like a piece of sushi) and toasted. They are delicious. We used to have them all the time as kids and I often make them now and freeze them in zip lock bags (they fit 5 to a medium sized bag) for lunches over the winter.
The other things I made for the birthday shout were pikelets (more about those next week) with whipped cream and raspberry jam and a platter with blue cheese, crackers, grapes and my own home made quince paste. The cake was the real highlight though. Very yummy, especially with a big dollop of whipped cream!