Amelia’s First Birthday & Favourite Things

One year up date:

Favourite thing to do: run around holding a pack of raisins

Favourite food: blueberries, strawberries and sausage rolls fresh out of the oven

Favourite word: mamma

Favourite song: fortnite theme tune (yes she dances from the minute daddy turns it on)

Favourite toy: her baby. Amelia strokes her hair and shares her dummy with her. Baby also gets pulled round by the neck. We are working on the gentle part

Favourite day out: drusillas zoo. Amelia loved running round in her swim nappy in the water area

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Cutest feature: her little chubby thighs and big blue eyes with long eye lashes

Favourite treat: chocolate cake (this is nanny’s birthday cake)

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Amelia Skye you are growing up so quickly!

Chocolate Trial Birthday Cake

Anyone who knows me knows I bake cakes. A lot. If I had the patience and time and money I’d go to all the decorating classes and learn how to do it professionally.

Instead I just have fun making cakes at home.

Amelia’s birthday is in less than two months. Birthday cakes made in bakeries instead of in supermarkets are very expensive. I’ve had quotes ranging from £50 to £150. (Nothing against supermarket birthday cakes, just want Amelia’s first birthday to be extra special. Okay maybe a little bit against supermarket birthday cakes then.)

So I am going to make one myself. I’m torn between making a vanilla cake or chocolate cake.

My chocolate cake trial sponge was adapted from an old easily memorable recipe my Nan taught me when I was little.

Simply
3 eggs
6oz of caster sugar
6oz of self raising flour
6oz of butter

Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the flour and eggs a little at a time.
Cook in two round baking tins at 180 for 25 minutes or until a knife in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

To make the cake chocolatey and rich I used 4oz of self raising flour and 2oz of cocoa powder, instead of 6oz of flour . I also swapped out half of the normal sugar for 3oz of brown sugar.

For the top I made butter cream and mixed in melted chocolate and decorated with sprinkles and a pretty flowery chocolate centre piece.

The centre was filled with mango and passion fruit jam. Maybe sounds a bit of a weird combination but it was actually really nice (admittedly I used this because I couldn’t find the strawberry jam, the fridge seems to have eaten it)

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(getting a close up of this cake and having the sprinkles and chocolate flower on focus was a nightmare…so I’m using this photo as I like it) 

When I get another spare hour I’ll have a go at a vanilla one. Who knows. Maybe a red velvet sponge or a strawberry one too.