Yesterday I seemed to spend most of the day baking. It was Matthew’s birthday and despite seeming to spend the whole weekend celebrating and already having a lot of food in the house (leftovers from a dinnerparty on Saturday and youth group on Sunday) I decided to bake him a cake.
Two years ago, at his request, I attempted to make a John Deere birthday cake. Alas it didn’t go completely to plan and the icing really didn’t want to stay on. So this year I decided to surprise him with the John Deere cake take II. I am a lot happier with the results and I think he was too, though by putting his age on the cake makes it harder for him to tell everyone that he is 24.
In addition I finally got around to baking the Christmas cake. I put the fruit to soak in the brandy last Wednesday when I intended to bake it on Friday. However life got in the way and what with a busy weekend yesterday was the first opportunity. All looks (and smells) well and now to soak it in even more brandy before I ice it nearer Christmas. There is also a mini cake which we usually end up giving away to a worthy soul.