Wedding Party

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One of little M’s favourite show is Olivia based on acclaimed author Ian Falconer’s titles. In one of the episodes, Olivia’s teacher gets married. Olivia and her friends try to find the perfect gift for her. After little M finished watching it, I told her that her Godma, Aunt Jossie was getting married soon. My little girl decided she wanted to get married too. I told her it can’t be Daddy because he was married to me. With a very forlorn face, she sat down on her stool in the kitchen. She had nobody to get married to. Err… you are only 4 my girl.

To cheer her up, I decided we would have a wedding party. We will have her dressed as a bride, we’ll have cake, food, guests, flowers and a flower girl. All the important bits of a wedding. Groom not necessary 🙂

I baked 4 small loaves of white chocolate mud cake. We had purple fondant left over from her birthday so I cut up the cakes, arranged them in tiers and covered each tier in fondant. A few edible decorations and wooden boy and girl as toppers and the cake was ready.

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Made some sandwiches, mixed some Ribena in flutes, gathered her toys and we were ready to party. The flower girl conveniently fell asleep 🙂

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Battenburg Birthday Cake

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I’m usually the one baking cakes for the family while my husband is more cookies and muffins kind of guy. My last birthday, however, he decided he wanted to bake for me.

My Mom had posted us a cake book called A World of Cake. The book has many different types of cakes but the one that took my fancy was Battenburg cake.
It’s an English cake. Apparently it’s so popular in England that it’s produced commercially now. A search on Google images shows pictures with a lot of creativity but I just wanted something simple.

My husband baked 2 cakes, a chocolate and a vanilla but he is not so soft fingered so he passed the decoration to me. The hardest part was to cut the strips to matching sizes. We ended up with half the cake as “waste”. Delicious “waste” though which we had for breakfast.

Once cut, I put jam on each strip to stick them to each other and assembled my block. Husband had bought white fondant from the supermarket which I rolled out and wrapped the block. I had read on some blog to run the back of a knife diagonally to get the diamond look. I finished the decoration with edible metallic balls.