Thursday, February 5, 2009

Birthday Cake #2


Last week I blogged about the first of my cakes I made myself for my birthday. This is the second which I brought in as part of my work birthday morning tea shout. I was inspired by a photo in one of my Peggy Porschen books to create this cake. Once again it was a yummy chocolate cake covered in green fondant (which I coloured a little too brightly, but it was ok) and little daisies which I made. I think the effect is simple but still quite lovely.




The rest of my morning tea shout had a bit of a “Southland” flavour (I am originally a Southlander). Morning tea shouts are funny things, because that time in the morning most people really just want something savoury like a sausage roll! But, not being big on sausage roll, I made cheese rolls, which are a real Southland iconic food. Cheese rolls are slices of bread spread thick with a mixture of grated cheese, evaporated milk and a packet of onion soup mix, melted together and thickened, rolled up (like a piece of sushi) and toasted. They are delicious. We used to have them all the time as kids and I often make them now and freeze them in zip lock bags (they fit 5 to a medium sized bag) for lunches over the winter.

The other things I made for the birthday shout were pikelets (more about those next week) with whipped cream and raspberry jam and a platter with blue cheese, crackers, grapes and my own home made quince paste. The cake was the real highlight though. Very yummy, especially with a big dollop of whipped cream!

14 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Wow! Amazing! I love all the cakes and cookies you've been blogging about. They are all so beautifully decorated.

Jan said...

Hi Tammy, cake looks fantastic as did you other one. A friend and I start cake decorating classes on the 10th. I have been making cakes as a side line for a while now, so looking forward to having a partner. Really must update my blog maybe today after the soup and sauce making.........Jan

Carrie said...

Wow, I am very impressed!

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks classy,I like it even more than the first.

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! I love those flowers!! Happy Birthday!

Rosie said...

Is it evaporated milk or reduced cream? The cake looks lovely!

Gretchen Noelle said...

What a beautiful cake! I am so impressed, I have trouble just slapping frosting on my cakes.

Natashya said...

Your cake is beautiful! I love the spring colours.

chou said...

Lovely cake, this number 2. It shouldn't feel slighted in the least.

Laura said...

Will you do a post on the cheese rolls. They sound great but being "never out of the US" I just cant picture them.

Beautiful cakes!!

Snooky doodle said...

wow so so nice ! I would like a birthday cake like this :)

Anonymous said...

Those cheese rolls are always a hit aren't they Tammy? I have been making them for years - courtesy of my Mum's Otago heritage recipes. The kids loved them after school and renamed them "Cheesy Poofs' after a South Park episode. Despite being 25 and 22 they still call them that! Even now whenever Alex returns to NZ he asks for them and I do a batch every month for Cameron to take to his flat freezer. Every now and then they ask for what they call "the deluxe model' with added cooked streaky bacon finely chopped and small tin crushed pineapple. I still prefer the original thou. Whoever invented them was a genius. Love the cake - those flowers really make it enchanting and I am definetely going to keep that coconut ice recipe under my belt. Have a lovely Waitangi weekend. Hugs from Raewyn

Cakelaw said...

As ever, your cake is beautiful. The cheese rolls sound interesting - not one I've ever heard of before, but I think I'd like to try them!

neak said...

WOW awesome Tammy!