Saturday, May 03, 2008

He's 4!!

Maxi's birthday was a blast......literally hahaha! All who attended, both kiddlets & parents alike, enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We had plenty of delish food & home bakes, 2 enormous jumping castles & a bucket full of laughs. The joy I witnessed on the face of Max & his little guests at the unveiling of the 'Rocket cake', was worth all the effort & late nights. Tersh did such an amazing job of shaping & icing the cake......my bloke is such a star!!!

It has been a whirlwind last couple of days after the party, with this weekend being an extended one. We have done not much but relax and enjoy each others company, so not much in the way of yummie news I am afraid other than Maxi's delicious cake.

Here is the recipe for anyone who loves chocolate:

Pre-heat your oven to 180C or 350F

3 cups all purpose flour
4tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
2 cups any regular sugar
1/3-3/4 cup cocoa (depending on your preference)
1/2tsp salt

Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl & make a 'well' in the middle.

2 1/4 cups boiling water
(optional~ dissolve 1Tsp coffee powder into the boiling water. Coffee enhances the chocolate flavour)
3/4 cup oil or melted margarine/butter/fat replacer
1tsp vanilla

Mix all liquids together & pour into the well in the dry ingredients.
Mix well with a spoon, making sure to keep batter aerated.

Take 1 Tsp white vinegar & mix well into batter (this replaces eggs)

Pour batter into a well greased pan (+-20cm length)...bang out air bubbles.
Cook for about 20min or until firm but springy to touch.

Ice with soft butter icing while still warm.
(2Tsp butter + 2Tps cocoa powder+ 1 1/2-2 cups icing/powdered sugar).
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts & allow to cool.

Voila!!~ delicious, sticky, very chocolaty, browny type cake.

ENJOY!!