Monday, 15 September 2008

Birthday Bash Blog Party

Blog party #38 is all about the birthday! And why not, Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness is turning a year older in this month, as am I. My daughter also turned one year older in September - 19! Am I really old enough to be the mother of an adult? (Don't answer that)

For this birthday bash I am posting my not-so-little girl's cake, along with a birthday party chocolatini for the parents. Enjoy!

This cake was prepared in the NordicWare Fairytale Cottage cake pan. (9 cups) It can be baked in regular pans filled 2/3 full but you will have to adjust the time.

Chocolate Cherry Cake - NordicWare
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Heat oven to 325f. Grease and flour pan. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter until almost light and fluffy. Add eggs, milk and almond extract; mix well. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 75-85 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Decorate as desired. 16 servings.

I used chocolate coated caramel balls, honey Teddy Grahams and vanilla buttercream. Sort of a teddybear's picnic type of theme. Last year I did fairies. The older they get the more cutesy the cakes.

This cake is very moist, almost like a brownie. We found we liked it even better the next day, after it had been in the fridge overnight.

Chocolatinis for the parents

2 oz each vodka and white creme de cacao. Shake well with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with M&M peanuts or other fun candy.

Don't let it sit too long or your candies will lose their colour. But really, who lets a martini sit too long? Enjoy responsibly, you already embarrass your kids enough when you are sober.