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The Diva’s Birthday

We finally managed to celebrate the Diva’s 5th birthday yesterday – better late than never. Last year we had a party at a venue that only allowed 10 children and while it was a really good party it felt a bit restricted so this year we found out where the next Families in Parks Summer Fun event was happening and used the same park for our party venue. Sneaky but it meant that she could invite as many of her friends as she wanted and there’d be lots to entertain them without us needing to do much at all besides supply the food.

The weather played ball and the kids all had a really good time. We set up a gazebo, laid out picnic blankets and chatted while the kids played.

No post on this blog is complete without mention of food, so here it is. Spent Friday evening and all day Saturday in the kitchen (with a wonderful kitchen slave – thank you Liesl!!) making sugar cookies, giant rainbow cookies, cupcakes and a rainbow cake. I’d taken inspiration from Pinterest and can highly recommend the rainbow cake recipe. Next time I’d up the cake mixture by half and make 8 layers instead of 6, I’d have liked just a little more height, and I’d flavour the layers too. It went down a treat though – Diva was so thrilled with her “rose” cake and didn’t know about the rainbow middle so when we cut it she squealed with delight. I’d have loved to have a picture of her face when she saw it.

Links to recipes are at the bottom of this post.

Opening presents in the morning:

Very serious:

Diva’s reaction to the candles not lighting:

The “rose” cake:

With a surprise middle:

Cupcakes:

Martha Stewart Rainbow Cake. I didnt use the icing recipe because I wanted to colour the icing and suspected the white chocolate would seize if I did. Instead I used this very simple buttercream frosting recipe which I quadrupled so it could be used for all the cupcakes too.

Simple cupcakes.

Buttercream frosting.

Giant rainbow cookies.

Sugar cookies.

Royal icing.

Chocolate dipped pretzels.

Foodporn Friday: ginger cheesecake

I dont like the topic for todays Post of the Day 2011, its a bit naff (as was yesterday’s). So instead I’ll have a Foodporn friday.

I love cheesecake, and I love ginger. I couldn’t find a recipe I liked for a ginger cheesecake so I changed another cheesecake recipe to get this. I took it along to a Christmas lunch and the tiny sliver I tried was divine! By the time I got to the table to dish myself a proper slice it had disappeared though 😛

Ginger Cheesecake

18 Gingernut biscuits, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3 eggs
1 cup crystallized ginger, thinly sliced
100g dark chocolate to mix with the cream for the topping.
1/2 cup cream

PREHEAT oven to 180°C
Combine crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of a springform pan

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Stir ginger slices into batter. Pour over crust.

BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely.

CHOP 100g chocolate. Bring cream to simmer in small saucepan on low heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until completely melted. Cool slightly. Pour over cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Remove side of pan before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

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