Baptism Cake – Butter Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Setting off on our 1700km road trip down to Victoria, we didn’t make any plans as to where we would stop, or how far we wanted to get each day.  The only deadline we had was that we needed to be in arrive by the Sunday morning (we left on Friday morning), as our boys were being baptised at the local church that morning.

Thankfully the boys were PERFECT (well, close enough anyway!) and we arrived a whole 24 hours before the baptism.  Although it was a small event, of course we needed a cake to celebrate!! In theory this gave me plenty of time to make and decorate one for them.

I decided to go with a simple butter cake, topped with butter cream – the same one I made for my sister’s baby shower.  I bought some very cute animal cake toppers from Coles, and also used smarties to decorate – I did need 2 large bags to get enough of the colours that I wanted!

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I only finished decorating the cake 10 minutes before we had to leave for Church as I had no little help from my husband who decided to go riding that morning and lost track of time – but let’s not even get me started on that!

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The cake was a big success, there was way too much for just seven adults, but Liam was more than keen to try some!

This is such a versatile and easy cake to make.  Even though you need to make two cakes to get the four layers, it still takes no time at all to put together.  After the stress of getting everyone and the cake ready, it was a very fitting way to end what turned out to be a beautiful day xx

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Chocolate Craving – Triple Chocolate Brownies

The boys and I are spending some time down in Victoria while we eagerly await the arrival of my sister’s first baby.  While we were enjoying some of our Mum’s chocolate cake for afternoon tea, in the time it took me to get my camera to take a photo, I lost a chunk of my piece to my sister.  I asked her since she was obviously craving chocolate, would she like some brownies for dessert.  An online search of the Donna Hay website found a chocolate brownie recipe.  To satisfy Tiff’s chocolate craving, I also added white and dark chocolate chips to the mixture.  We took the brownies out of the oven just before we had dinner, by the time we were ready for dessert, they were still nice and warm and went perfectly with vanilla ice cream.  If you are after a big chocolate hit, try these.  These brownies are so deliciously rich, you only need a small piece… as easy way to justify eating them warm with ice cream!

You need to be quick when there is a pregnant woman around

You need to be quick when there is a pregnant woman around

 

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200g dark chocolate chopped

250g butter

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

1 1/3 cups plain flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Place chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth
  • Place in a bowl with the sugar and eggs
  • Sift over the flour, baking powder and cocoa and mix to combine
  • Fold through chocolate chips
  • Pour into a 23cm greased square cake tin lined with non stick baking aper
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until set.
  • Brownies should be very fudgey in middle

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