Times have certainly changed though and I now have two beautiful boys who are very eager to help me with birthday cake baking and decorating. For my birthday cakes I use this fool-proof Delicious Chocolate Cake recipe that has become my firm favourite. It really is delicious and stays moist for days. The recipe originally came from my Mum's work colleague (thanks Michelle) and I have converted it for my thermomix(but it is still quite easy to work out using beaters etc).
Delicious Chocolate Cake:
tsp vanilla extract
250g non-homogenised milk
4 tblsp organic cocoa
440g organic raw sugar
pinch of fine unrefined sea salt
250g organic plain flour
3 level tsp baking powder (I make my own in the thermomix with brown rice, bicarb and cream of tartar)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Grease a large tin ( I use a baking tin) and line with paper.
Melt butter in TMX bowl for 2 minutes, 80 degrees, speed 3.
Add vanilla, eggs and milk and stir for 20 seconds on speed 3.
Add cocoa, sugar, salt, flour and baking powder and mix for a further 40 seconds on speed 5 (scraping down sides of bowl if necessary).
Pour into tray and bake for 35-45 minutes. Delish!!!
I haven't converted this recipe to include rapadura and spelt flour yet. I thought it was best not to experiment this time considering the cake was required the next day and I only had 4 eggs to work with. I think it would work nicely with modified amounts of spelt and rapadura though and will get it converted in time for our next family birthday.
Next year I am going to get organised and do the following:
* "do away" with food colouring and try some natural colouring methods. I know that a little beetroot juice can make beautiful shades of pink and purple without affecting the taste, but I wonder about making other colours? Perhaps I could play around with a little spinach for green?
* try milled rapadura as a substitute for organic raw "icing" sugar. We never have icing normally, but I will have to try it.
* buy some interesting chocolate moulds and make little organic chocolates to substitute for the lollies on the cakes. Perhaps some creepy crawlies would be fun!!