Cheap Picasso Fake.

“Can I have another, piece of chocolate cake?”
Chocolate cakeHappy Birthday Doctor!!

That’s my fiance, right.

I am going to marry her.

And in case you missed it, it is the lady’s birthday !!

So we made her a cake.

The first time I celebrated one of the Doctor’s birthdays with her,  I arranged a secret (shop bought) rainbow cake to be brought out at the restaurant after dinner and won myself brownie points for days. Weeks even.

This year I have taken matters into my own hands and baked a cake. Same restaurant, different cake. Because why on this very earth would you agree to marry a chef  if you didn’t have a cake baked for you from time to time. Mmm?Chocolate cake 3Full recipe credits here to my dear friend and colleague Terri-Anne. Thanks an absolute bundle.

I hate myself a little but I have replaced the plain flour with whole meal spelt and the white sugar with coconut sugar, because as it happens, those were in my cupboard.  Great result too.Chocolate cake 4Pre-heat your oven to 150*c. Grease a small round or loaf cake tin. It is important to sift the dry goods together first. Combine all of the wet ingredients separately. Now combine the wet with the dry until you have a smooth, quite runny batter.

Pour the batter into the baking tin and cook for 35-40 minutes. Test with a skewer. We’re not looking for dry, like a sponge say, but ever so slightly sticky. For moisture.Chocolate cake 2

Let the cake rest in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.

Whilst the cake is cooling it’s time to make the icing. 
Chocolate cake 5
Chocolate Buttercream
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Sift 125g each of icing mixture and Dutch cocoa powder. Add a tablespoon of milk and 3 drops of vanilla. Beat well until smooth. Apply the icing generously and evenly with a palette knife or spatula.

From here it’s up to you how you’d like to finish decorating. Sprinkles, fresh berries, cream…..?

I took some melted cooking chocolate and smeared it thin onto some grease-proof paper. I then took the paper, wrapped it around the outside of the cake with chocolate facing inwards. Half an hour or so in the fridge until the chocolate has set and you can carefully pull away the paper, leaving a fine layer of chocolate around the outside of the cake.
Chocolate cake 6I used the same method with the grease-proof paper to create some shards of chocolate for decoration. Then loads of pretty birthday sprinkles and edible glitter.

What Kid DidHospitalPoor Kid had an emergency appendectomy on the weekend, completely out of nowhere. Fine one minute, major surgery the next. Look at that brave little face. Thanks to the wonderful staff at The Lady Cilento Hospital at Woolloongabba. What a great facility. It was great to be able to stay overnight right next to Kid. And the monkey.Hospital2You just can’t deny a sick kid a game of monopoly. Two nights and then happily recovering on the couch with Minecraft, Dr Who and a week off school. 
Chocolate cake7Waterfront afternoons at Brighton. Hot chips and ginger beer to cheer up our patient.Chocolate cake9And The Doctor of course.

Kid will be back in the kitchen in no time. Minus an appendix.

You can scour the shops for days looking for the perfect gift. Paddington in inner Brisbane is my favourite place. But  you can’t go past an awesome home made cake when you want to say happy birthday.

If you haven’t placed it, Cheap Picasso Fake is a line from an old Crowded House song called ‘Chocolate Cake’

Happy Cooking



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