This week brought an end of an era – the last time my 4yo son would have swimming lessons with Little Otters, a local swim school for children up to the age where they start school. His lesson also happened to be the last lesson that Little Otters would hold at that location, so it was a doubly sad occasion for his teachers, Jan and Lynsey. Peter and I both shed tears on the way home from his lesson.
I wanted to do something to say thankyou to them both, and decided to bake them each a cake. The cakes were Madeira cakes, with a filling of homemade Strawberry and Vanilla Jam, and Vanilla Buttercream. Peter decided that he wanted me to make decorations to show some of the things they use in their lessons. This is what he asked for…..
A Horse “Woggle”, some arm discs, and a float!
These were the finished cakes.
I am entering these cakes into Alphabakes, where the letter randomly chosen this month is the letter “T”. This month’s Alphabakes challenge, is hosted by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker.
Well, I’m cutting it fine again this month with this, my entry for We Should Cocoa, which is hosted this month by Lucy over at The Kitchen Maid. I will update this post to include the recipe, but I will just say that it includes 2 freshly brewed shots of espresso, and a good dusting of cocoa powder to finish!
My entry is for Cappuccino Cupcakes – the one in the photo is baked in a silicon “teacup” case – which I picked up for two for £1 in a local poundshop after seeing them featured on another blog, I Heart Cupcakes.
The challenge for Alphabakes this month has been a tough one – without using the usual V for Vanilla! I was stumped for a while, but saw a bottle of Fizzy Vimto when I was in town last week picking up a few bits and pieces. I thought, “Fantastic – I know just the recipe I can use that in!”.
So here it is – not an original recipe of mine, but a variant of a James Martin recipe from the BBC Website for Chocolate Cola Cake from the Housecall TV Programme. I simply replaced the Cola in the recipe for Fizzy Vimto – and you can definitely taste the Vimto! It isn’t too powerful a flavour and complements the chocolate perfectly – much better than the original cola version in my opinion.
Alphabakes is hosted by Ros from The More than Occasional Baker this month. Alphabakes is hosted next month by Caroline at Caroline Makes.
The month of April brings with it my sons birthday. This year he changed his mind several times about what he wanted his birthday cake to be, before eventually deciding that he wanted a dinosaur cake.
I set about constructing this cake the weekend before his birthday, finally finishing it the night before. It is a sculpted Madeira Cake filled with vanilla buttercream, and I used Rice Krispie Squares to form the head, legs and tail. The plates and spikes were made using gum paste that I custom tinted, and the cake was covered in a buttercream crumb coat before covering in Regalice. As you can see, it is a Stegosaurus, in a non-scary way – my son was turning 4 after all!
The theme this month for Alphabakes is the letter “B”, so I am entering this Birthday Cake!
Alphabakes is hosted by Ros this month from The More than Occasional Baker. Alphabakes is hosted next month by Caroline at Caroline Makes.
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