Apologies for being MIA lately! Unfortunately life (or more specifically, Uni) has got in the way of blogging again and although I’ve got a backlog of photos and tasty eats waiting to be shared with you all I just haven’t had the time to post them up.
This post is a bit special though, and it’s for my sister Charm who just turned 18 a few days ago but had a bit of a sad, uneventful birthday because it was smack bang in the middle of HSC study time. Not to mention that she has also been sick for the past 2 weeks and I couldn’t even take her shopping to buy a present for her.
So, cake it is! I do love baking cakes for people’s birthdays but I always struggle with coming up with ideas for what cake to bake. I figured something with strawberries since they’re in season and wonderfully sweet at the moment, plus something a little boozy since she is now of legal drinking age! Then I remembered Steph’s gorgeous Pink Champagne and Strawberry Cake and knew I had to do something similar for Charm’s birthday.
The strawberries feature in the cake itself, which has chunks of strawberries scattered throughout the batter, while the champagne (ok so I’m a bit poor to afford real champagne, so technically it’s sparkling wine) features in the buttercream icing. The flavour of the champagne is quite light and just slightly tart so that it offsets the sweetness of the cake, but my family, being Asian and all with an instilled fear of icing and cream in cakes (or is it just my family?), was still scraping the thicker layer of icing off from the top. This was probably due to my crappy uneven icing skills – it’s not as smooth as I would have liked but hey at least the layering of the cakes worked out well and it wasn’t collapsing!
Anyways, happy 18th birthday Charm and good luck with the HSC! We will go shopping, throw a proper birthday party and watch Vampire Diaries (maybe) once it’s all over!