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Jan182012

Birthday Cake - Made with Love - P52

Baking runs in my veins.  From when I was knee high to a grasshopper, I was standing on chairs in the kitchen helping my Mum, with whatever cake, traybake, or scones, she was whipping up that day.  Kitchens full of the smell of freeshly baked cakes, breads, and buns fill my childhood memories.

At about age six I made my solo first sponge cake.  I'd found an old and peeling children's recipe book, that I could just about follow, it had belonged to some aged relative, and I drived straight in.  Mum thinking I was in the playroom, must have known something was going on with the sound of mixers, and the clattering I can only imagine I was making in the kitchen.  But she left me alone, and was very so proud of me when I showed her my first cake.  She helped me decorate it with sugar, and we served it for tea to my Gran, brother and dad.

Since the success of my first cake, I have spent hours in the kitchen baking.  

Making cakes filled with love.

Creating quite a mess at times it has to be said, but making the most delicious cakes in all shapes and sizes - letters, hearts, spaceships - that one was cooked in a glass bowl - castles, fortresses, elephants, dolls houses, monkeys.

Again and again, I have worked on recipes, eventually beginning to write my own in the teen's.  Today, I love nothing better than to bake for other people.  I adore just thinking about what sort cake would suit them, are they - lemon polenta, or rich coffee, ultimate chocolate, or wee buns  - there are so many options.  

Cakes like people have personalities so it is important to get it right, in my book, any old cake will never do, it has to be the right one.

I made this cake with love, for my brother Brian's birthday.  It gives a light crumb with a rich moist taste.  It is the easiest cake to make, and once you have made it, you will feel like a master of your kitchen.  I can tell you now you will make it again and again.  It is a failsafe recipe.

I've linked up with Darcy's P52 today, why don't you do the same.

What is your favourite cake?

That's it for now ...

Nics

Salt and Sparkle  = Life Remarkable

 

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What a lovely story about your love for baking. Your photos are delightful
& thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara L.

Thank you Sara, for your lovely comments and for visiting my blog.

January 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterby Nics

Baileys Krispy cakes are my favourite! Can't wait to eat some soon! X

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I'd just love to make some for you Gary - thank you for posting on my blog. Here's to meeting up and making the Krispie cakes together! love, Nx

January 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterby Nics

Oh, beautiful!!! The photos of the batter, the colors and the words of love, your gift as you bake and show HIs love, this passion in you. Oh, how He must smile in the kitchen with you! :) I am a stick-to-the recipe kind of gal -- not brave enough to venture forth on my own. But I love to make cakes! Although I am not good at all at decorating them. One of my favorites is a coconut cake -- and another is a simple lemon pound cake. But my very favorite is probably banana, with buttercream frosting!! Wow, I can go on and on apparently! :) Love seeing the photo of your smiling brother, too! Wonderful celebration of life over here! Thank you, Nicky!

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Thank you Jen, I love the sound of your coconut cake - please send me the recipe! I actually am on the lookout for a good coconut cake recipe, as my last coconut cake was like a lump of concrete. Not light and fluffy and tropical at all. Lemon pound cake - delicious! I could eat that until the cows came home - in fact anything with lemons wets my appetite, there is something about their zingy freshness and flavour that really appeals to my tastebuds. I am so pleased you like my work, and my photographs, thank you, it is truly wonderful to get some encouraging feedback. Your words have blessed me, thank you. Nx

January 20, 2012 | Registered Commenterby Nics

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