Number 1 Birthday Cake

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I made a number 1 birthday cake for my granddaughter, Aisha, who turned 1 last week. For this cake I made a double batch of  my chocolate cake mixture. I drew a number 1 on a A4 paper, cut it out, then shaped the number 1 from there onto the cakes. With the left over cake pieces I made a chocolate trifle.

Number 1 Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

To make the number 1 cake you will need to make 2 batches of chocolate cake mixture.

Ingredients for 1 cake:

3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cooking oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cake flour

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 25cm x 20cm baking tin. In a large mixing bowl and using an electric beater mix together the egg yolk, sugar, water and oil until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the dry ingredients and fold it into the wet ingredients.

Use a clean, dry bowl and whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff. Fold the stiff egg whites into the cake mixture. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Now mix and bake the second layer as above.

Cool the cakes on a cooling rack
Cool the cakes on a cooling rack
Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper
Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper
Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1
Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1
Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream
Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream

To make the butter cream you will need

125g soft butter

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Enough milk to make it spreadable

Cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder mix together. Add drops of milk to make the mixture soft and spreadable. Sandwich the 2 layers together using the butter cream.

Decorate the cake with ganache

Spread ganache over the cake

To make the ganache you will need:

400g good quality chocolate

200ml fresh cream

Method:
Pour the cream into a pan and heat until it is about to boil.
Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Allow ganache to cool before pouring spreading over the cake.

Decorate with sweets or as you like
Decorate with sweets or as you like

I used the left over cake pieces to make a chocolate trifle. I’ll share the recipe in my next post.

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Saucy Tiger Prawns Served With Lemon Rice

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Saucy Tiger Prawns
Saucy Tiger Prawns
Saucy Tiger Prawns – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
Quick and easy way of cooking prawns, this recipe can also be used for crayfish tails. Marinade the night before.Ingredients:
18 extra large tiger prawns (approximately 1kg)
1 Tbsp seafood masala (I used the one of Simply Spice)
1/4 cup Nandos lemon & herb sauce
1/4 cup peri-peri Spur sauce
1 Tbsp tomato sauce (optional)
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Method:
Slit the prawn on top half way threw and devein, wash and allow all the water to drain off in a colander. Rub seafood masala in each prawn. Marinade for a few hours or better still overnight in the fridge. Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Mix together the sauces and pour over the prawns and cook a further 10 minutes. Serve with lemon rice.

 

Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice
4 cups cooked rice, preferably long grain or basmati
2 tsp coriander / koljana seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
8 curry leaves
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 ½ tsp turmeric / borrie
Juice of 2 lemons

Gently roast and then coarsely powder the coriander seeds. Keep aside. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry till the spluttering stop, taking care not to burn the spices. Add the turmeric powder and turn off the heat.
Add the lemon juice and mix well. Add the rice, roasted coriander powder and mix thoroughly. Reheat the rice if necessary.
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