Birthday Cake

What with 5 children, though 2 sets of twins and Daddy and Dadda’s Birthdays, I do find myself baking birthday cakes quite a lot over the year. I have been known to bake twice on Amritsar and Tara’s birthdays, as they generally have an official birthday on the actual day and then another for the day of their party.

Of course, this year the girls just had their birthday with the family on the day itself, due to lockdown. And the same will be so of Aaliyah and Caleb’s special day, this year falling on Sunday.

So just the one cake to bake today. All a bit last minute as I usually bake a week or so before and freeze the sponges x 3. This cake however will be just the 2 layers as I only had 6 eggs and there’s clearly less people involved, just a neighbouring family.

The second sponge is almost done. I’m just waiting on Alexa to ping the 22 minute alarm. The ‘All angels’ are singing through Alexa, something or other from the musical ‘South Pacific’.

I am now remembering our LΕ«’au earlier in the spring when we had such magnificent weather. I did homemade Hawaiian Pizza on that day. A barbecue for us however on Sunday! I think more grey weather is forecast sadly, so cooking it all on the Aga inside might just be more appropriate.

Okay Alexa is telling me the cake is now done, so I had better wrestle it from the oven!

The children are presently in the park beside their school with Sindy and 5 x packed dinners, celebrating a friend Nancy’s birthday. Possibly appropriate given my afternoon bake. I should really thank Nancy’s mum for buying Eighteen Moons and Thirteen Moons More a few weeks ago. I believe she loved both books so I’m hoping for a review perhaps on Amazon.

Did I say that the audiobook is now live? So, for those of you who don’t really read books or novels, it’s the perfect escape with nothing to do, just close your eyes and join me on my journey of ‘Eighteen Moons’.

Back to birthday cakes! The request this year was Strawberry and Vanilla opposed to the usual chocolate ganache. And that’s what they’re getting. Though I can almost hear Caleb’s bleats of ‘But I want chocolate Dadda, I want chocolate’, just before he throws a tantrum…

No doubt more on the Birthday celebrations on Sunday. As ever, thanks for reading.

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

27 thoughts on “Birthday Cake”

  1. Birthday cakes are always a special occasion for my family, because every cake is carefully planned and baked by my mother and decorated with flowers. She calls it her present to us and my four siblings and it is one of the things I always look forward to. πŸ™‚

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    1. I love that your mom uses flowers to garland such a special baked treat. The thing that these cakes signify is so very special! I think we tend to forget that sometimes! Thank you so much for sharing Jaya πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. I most certainly did enjoy your books πŸ™‚ What an incredible journey you have had. (Will leave a review on Amazon ) thank you for Nancie’s birthday gifts, was lovely hearing them all laugh and see them enjoying being out and back to a little normality.

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    1. Ohhhh… Laura, Nancie’s mum (sorry for earlier typo!) that is so very kind. I really hope Nancie had a lovely time at the park. I know our not so famous five all came home with smiles and a little excess energy! Almost 9pm and Tara is still trying to navigate a rebellion on the top floor! Hope you’ve managed to settle your brood and are enjoying just a little you time! My thanks once again Laura. The children loved your cupcakes 🧁🧁🧁 🧁🧁 btw…


    2. Hello Laura! I just wanted to thank you for taking the time and trouble to post 2 x reviews on Amazon. Absolutely amazing… I would also like to thank you for Caleb and Aaliyah’s birthday cards and gifts. We all had a great day. Thank you once again πŸ™


  3. I was just goin to ask were there any strawberries….Birthdays = Blessings…love them for being born that day. I bought some cake mix the other day let’s see if I actually make the cup cakes like I said… one step at a time. Lol

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    1. Haha! Yes, we have a large punnet of strawberries. Plus a jar of Dadda’s homemade strawlime berry jam for the decorating tomorrow or Sunday morning!!!

      Your cupcakes could be your triumph! Though a mix! Erhem! Really JJ. 😊


      1. Heeeeyyy, I’m trying…Plus, I’m coming to eat your food. My food is what they say…just practicing lol

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    1. Wow!!! That is good going! We used to do afternoon tea quite a lot β€˜back in the day’! Mind you, that was the hotels of London! Claridges and the Savoy my favourites, The Mandarin Oriental a close second… I quite fancy The Lanesborough when all is back to normal! πŸ˜‰

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