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Things I have been cooking lately #177: Dinosaur birthday cake

When I was a child growing up my mum always made our birthday cakes. She’s extremely creative and they were really elaborate affairs. There were trains, tractors, princesses, umbrellas, monsters… my brother even had one based on the band U2. I am nowhere near as skilled or patient as my mum is but I really wanted to make Little O’s birthday cake. With some help from Pinterest and a recipe from my mum that I adapted, I think I pulled off something passable that pretty much anyone with a couple of hours of spare time could manage. The sponge cake method used here is an oldie but a goodie and makes a really light fluffy cake.

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Things I have been cooking lately #116: Double chocolate salted caramel cake

A couple of weeks ago my friend posted a version of this recipe on Facebook in Afrikaans looking for someone to translate it to English for her. It sounded absolutely delicious to me so I not only translated the recipe but also decided to try it out for myself. Mine didn’t look anywhere near as pretty as the one in the picture – caramel got out of control – but it tastedΒ fabulous. Read more…