Monday, 17 September 2012

birthday cake for daddy

i was super organised and made this cake weeks in advance and put it in the freezer. it made the day of sam's birthday so much more relaxed than the usual stress of trying to bake a cake on the day. 

it was utterly delicious and moist and very very moreish. we had this cake with the children in the afternoon and then headed off on a surprise secret trip i had organised - our first night away from the kids EVER!! we walked along the beach, drank champagne in the rose garden of a five-star hotel, went to a quirky pub for dinner, stayed the night in a cheap B&B and vowed to try to have a night away on our own every 6 months. neither of us have parents living near by so childcare for such things is tricky. my dad kindly looked after them on this occasion and we are so grateful. much as we totally adore our children, it was so refreshing to be nowhere near them and to wake up in the morning and lie in bed with no responsibilities... 

it was pouring with rain when we woke up (as it did for most of july) so instead of going to the beach we went to a shopping mall!!!.. the most hideous place you can imagine. but it was so great to try on clothes together with no distraction. i think we came away with lots of cheap potential outfits for the weddings we were going to over the summer and returned most of them. but we had a lot of fun... it is amazing what tat you can think looks great in the store and then realise how tacky it is when you get home and look in your own mirror. the shop mirrors must have tat-reflectors that hide how cheap & overly tight things really look.

clothes shopping is something that is totally impossible with kids in tow. i took both my children with me when they were tiny and i was desperate for some new jeans. i grabbed a million pairs off the shelves and flung them over my shoulder, pushed the overloaded stroller in to the disabled changing room and started manic-ly trying on one pair after the next. my baby started screaming and my toilet-training 2 year old boy yelled at the top of his lungs with each pair that i took off "mummy doing a poo!" i eventually left in a hurry with nothing.. completely flustered and ready to sob - can i do nothing for myself any more?...apparently not.

this cake is from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and thanks to misselizabethsbakingblog for the inspiration. i'm not sure what it's called - a banana pineapple walnut cake?

300g caster sugar
3 eggs
300ml sunflower oil
270g bananas, mashed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
300g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract
100g tinned pineapple (chopped)
100g walnuts (chopped)
500g cream cheese
300g icing sugar 
1. preheat the oven to 170⁰C. Grease 2 round cake tins. 
2. beat together the sugar, eggs, oil, banana and cinnamon.
3. stir in the bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla extract 
4. slowly beat in the flour
5. stir in the walnuts and pineapple
4. divide the mixture between the tins 
5. bake for 20-25 minutes 
6. cool cakes on a wire rack
7. for the icing - beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together - add icing sugar to suit your taste (good excuse to keep sticking your finger in to the mix)
8. when the cakes are cooled, spread a third of the icing on one cake and put the next cake on top - cover this cake with the remaining icing. put walnut halves on top to decorate.

here it is...
and leftovers the next day .. and the next. it was so moist and delicious i could eat it every afternoon with a cup of tea.


  1. Ah trying clothes on with children - what a delight! The cake on the other hand...that looks fab!

  2. This cake looks lovely & I have some bananas that need using up so I might make something similar today. Looks moist & a bit like carrot cake.

    1. it is very moist and yes a lot like carrot cake. do give it a go. it's delicious!

  3. First(and Last) time I tried to go clothes shopping was when Ailee learned to sit up on her own. I thought finally I could quickly try a new outfit on while she sat on the floor next to me. Of course it was also the first time she nose dived onto the floor and the loudest I had ever heard her scream. I left quickly feeling like a horrible mother, with everyone in the store muttering about how ridiculous I was to shop with my baby, and advice on where i could get ice for her head!

    1. oh great story - these are the things that we will look back and laugh at. thanks for stopping by. x


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