Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Mega-Cakes

I'm scheduling this post, as Tuesday and Wednesday are hugely busy days for me - I'm doing final exams, in the form of one-to-one interviews, for 33 university students. Intensive, challenging, fun and well-paid! But I promised to tell you about the two mega-cakes at my birthday tea party... The chocolate monster above was made by Son 2, in partnership with me.
The recipe was from his wonderful new cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa, which he won in Sherri B's recipe competition.
Doesn't this chocolatey smile say it all?
And here is the final offering - Chocolate Buttercream Cake, made and decorated by Son 2. Wow, what a cake!
Can you see, lurking behind the chocolate monster, Ben's wonderful Swiss Roll? Or 'roulade' if you prefer. It's filled with home made lemon curd and crème fraiche, and was just brilliant, although eclipsed by his son's mega-cake.
There was much enthusiasm when the candles were lit.
And of course, Son 2 used a few of the re-lighting candles that Ben tormented me with last year...

Look at the difference in the weather between this June and last! Same dress, though...

16 comments:

marigold jam said...

Wow! Diet starts when?! Glad you had such a good birthday.

Jane

Itch2stitch.com said...

Yummy Floss! I hope that your exams are going well.. good luck! Suzie xxxx

Elizabethd said...

Wow....not going to make any comments on cholesterol etc! What clever boys you have.

Lululiz said...

Those cakes............... drooling all over my keyboard now.

mise said...

A family that makes mega-cakes is invincible.

Autumn Mist said...

Cor! I'm on the next plane!

TheMadHouse said...

Wow that cake looks great, your boys will be a great catch for some lucky women! We have sun at the moment and are making the most of it

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your son is becoming quiet the chef. :)

Lorrie said...

Ooh, chocolate is my weakness. Your son is very talented!

maryannlucy said...

Fab cakes! My b'day next week, are the chefs ready?? x

Princess and the Pea said...

hehe is that your birthday suit? The cakes look delicious! I'll be over in Toulouse in September - I hope the weather improves by then! x

Apron Senorita said...

Hi Floss,

Best wishes for another fabulous year. May your wishes come true.

Yoli :)

Sherri B. said...

I will second that "Wow, what a cake"! The Barefoot Contessa would be proud. Didn't you have a nice birthday with two cakes baked by your men. I am very pleased to see that the cookbook is getting such a good workout...#2 sure doesn't let any grass grow under his feet now does he?

Prulletje said...

oh wow yummie chocolate ! Love the chochlate smile,
and you look gorgeous on your 24th birthday!

Manka said...

Happy birthday Floss ! Hmmmmm , the cakes looks so yummy yummy :))

hugs:Manka

BusyLizzie said...

Belated Happy Birthday Greetings! Mr W celebrated his Birthday in France at the weekend. We had a delicious lunch by the Rance in Brittany.... such a treat! Lizzie x