Since the 3rd of January (the day after Grayson’s birthday) Harper had been talking about her birthday and how she wanted a Peter Rabbit cake. So two and a half months later, there we were with a Peter Rabbit birthday cake. I decided to decorate a chocolate cake so as to resemble Mr McGregor’s garden and have a sneaky Peter stealing vegetables from it.
I decided to make my Dad this birthday cake a while back and wanted to decorate it with dinosaurs as a cheeky nod to his age (but it would also work equally well for dino-mad kids). The sponge recipe is from Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food book, and it’s topped with mint choc chip buttercream and prehistoric mint rubble.
Today at 12.58am my Little Button, Harper, turned 1. The tiny baby from a year ago has quickly grown into my little girl, who is nearly walking, has a fondness for splashy bath time, and a love of her bunny. The big toothy grin I get when she first wakes up, the open-mouthed attempt at a kiss when I ask for one, and the hair stroking I get to do when she falls asleep on me are things a year ago I didn’t have and now I couldn’t live without.
My lovely mum turned 60 last week. Happy Birthday Mum! To celebrate in cakey style, I made her an orange and white chocolate birthday cake (I followed this recipe from www.bbcgoodfood.com).
The cake incorporates ground almonds, orange zest and juice to give a lovely moistness. The icing is a combination of creme fraiche and melted white chocolate. Delish.