happy birthday to me :)

hello……im soooooo super duper sorry for not posting in ages but iv been recovering from surgery on both my feet i had bones broken and pinned all over the place its been a pretty traumatic past couple of months 😦  honestly iv been through some crazy accidents and illnesses in my life but nothing compares to the pain i had post surgery 😦  buutttt im on the mend now (hopefully lol)  still very sore and still cant bend my toes but the worst is over and im back on the blogosphere (so long as my laptop holds up cos that died a few months ago and my husband managed to fix it) so this leads us up to today and why im posting now …….well, inbetween all the surgery and recovery was my birthday, i decided to grab my birthday with both hands and have a little shindig for myself and invite my girlfriends around for some good vegan buffet food and some drinks……but what about a cake? i hear you holler…..well instead of my usual carved fruit “cake”,  i made myself a 3 layer strawberry cake with strawberries inside and everything lol  It was a success ……duhh (kidding lol)

    iv had allot of interest for this recipe so this one is dedicated to everyone who asked me and had to wait a month (im truly sorry it took me so long) 

 

**note that i must give credit to a book that i adapted this recipe from “chloes kitchen” by chloe coscarelli, it was nearly right but just not quite…..it needed a little of my princess brain hahaha but i would advise everyone to get this book its such a beautiful book and everything looks so yummy 🙂

 

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         me looking pretty high on loads of pain meds and my massive feet lol   who likes my wheels 😛

 

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     THE BIRTHDAY CAKE FIT FOR A PRINCESS 

makes 3x  8inch cake tins

Ingredients:  

        3 cups plain flour

        2 cups caster sugar

        2tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

        1 3/4 cups rice milk (or whatever plant milk you prefer)

        1cup vegetable oil

        1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

        pinch salt

        1tbsp strawberry essence (i did try and add pink food colouring to the sponge also but it didnt work, boohoo)

 

Method:       

  1. preheat oven to gas 4 / 350 degrees…..grease the cake tins with some butter (i use a crumpled up bit of left over grease proof paper to smoosh the butter around)  and cut out greaseproof paper to fit the bottom of each tin.
  2. in a very large bowl (i say very cos i wasn’t prepared and had to use my big casserole pot lol)  add all the dry ingredients and mix to combine, then in a jug mix all the wet ingredients together, then pour the wet into the dry mix and either using big strong muscles and a whisk or do it like i do with an electric mixer (not very eco but im not the strongest of women lol)  until just combined (dont over mix) then pour into the cake tins
  3. bake in the preheated oven for around 30mins, turning a couple times to insure even cooking until they are golden brown and pass the toothpick test (insert a skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out sticky then continue to cook, your looking for the skewer to come out almost clean with a couple crumbs)  
  4. once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

 

pink strawberry buttercream icing:

 Ingredients:

          1 block foil wrapped stork butter (250g) (vegetable shortening) room temperature

          250g icing sugar

           1tbsp strawberry essence

           few drops of pink food colouring until it reaches the colour you desire

           couple tablespoons rice milk (just until the mixture is at a good consistency)

Method:

  1. beat the butter to a creamy consistency using your hand mixer, turn the mixer to low and add in the icing sugar slowly then the strawberry essence and a tbsp of rice milk at a time until the icing comes together to a nice spreading consistency (how many times can i say that word haha) now turn the mixer up a little and whisk until nice and fluffy……..now it should be time to build the cake 🙂

 

to assemble and finish the cake:  best to do this on the day of the event to keep the strawberries fresh

**you will need a punnet or two of strawberries depending on how many you want to stuff in and how thick you slice them**

 

  1. remove the greaseproof paper from the sponge and have your cake plate ready,  now place one layer onto the plate and spread over some icing, add sliced strawberries then another layer of sponge and continue to the top layer where you want to get your spatula and smoosh the icing all the way around in a very messy fashion if your me (lol) and make sure the whole cake is covered (if theres any icing left you can either lick the bowl or pipe a design on top then decorate the top with strawberries and your done……….see, it wasn’t that hard was it lol

 

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this is a picture of me on my birthday, i thought i had to add it so you don’t think i look like a sick person all the time lol 

 

 

                                                                love and peace,  natalie ❤ xx

 

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4 thoughts on “happy birthday to me :)

  1. Ohmygosh you poor thing, that sounds incredibly painful! Glad you had some cake to brighten your day though 🙂

    • Hey barb 🙂 yeah its not the most fun thing to have done to u :/ lol ob the mend now tho just got to learn how to not walk like a puppet an ill me ok hahaha x

  2. mummy

    maybe you can make me one in feb //?? xxxx

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