For my birthday this year, I had one wish. To have a roast lamb lunch, with some great red wine, my family to share it with me and Miss Alice to help me blow out the candles.
And guess what? I got my wish – in all ways but one. When I pictured the scene, I saw us on the deck in the winter sun but Canberra is in the grip of some seriously horrid weather at the moment – gale force winds, below zero temperatures. Hardly sunny deck weather.
And so a lunch Sean and I put on for a few family members was all indoors.
The family who could be there gave me the perfect excuse to cook a BIG cake. I often look for occasions to make something big, something that isn’t worth making when there are only two of you. Two people might be able to consume a big cake but I don’t think the results would be pretty!
Here’s the cake I made. It’s Smitten Kitchen’s Best Birthday Cake and I’ve gotta say, it wasn’t far off!
The recipe, an American one, describes it as a Yellow Cake – I’ve never heard the term before and figure it was most likely what we’d call a butter cake. The inside was gloriously yellow. Two layers, with that gorgeous chocolate icing between the layers as well as on top. The icing is melted dark lindt chocolate, sour cream, vanilla and corn syrup. Quite decadent and grown up.
Alice had been excited since the cake made its appearance earlier in the morning. Cake! Cake! Cake! (It’s a favourite word in her small vocabulary.) So very exciting. You can see in this photo she’s sitting here with her little spoon all ready to go. Isn’t she looking grown up in this photo? She’s a big girl now!
We ate a huge leg of lamb, drank champagne and then pinot noir and somehow managed to fit in some cake.
I got my wish. Alice helped me blow out the candles. So did my dad (it’s his birthday soon, too, so it seemed only fair).
Another year older…..sort of. Not until a bit later in the week, but this was a lovely way to kick of the Birthday Festival, which continues next weekend when we get out of town for a couple of days.
It’s nice to have simple wishes and have them come true, don’t you think?