Railway Children DVD. She loves him reading her an abridged version of the story and was quite fascinated by the film. Birthdays are about indulgence. Watching a long DVD, eating pizza and then decorating a cake fit the bill.
Lovage and Lavender and Kate of What Kate Baked for their Tea Time Treats event. The theme in February is Romance so I think this cake with purple frosting and pretty flowers seems just right.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Teatime and tales - for the young at heart
This time two years ago: Baking: the good the bad and the healthy
This time three years ago: Valentine Day Polenta
This time four years ago: If music be the food...
Avocado Pound Cake
Adapted from Not Quite Nigella
- 1 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1/4 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1 (scant) teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup rice bran oil
- 3/4 cup castor sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe medium avocados
- 1/2 cup yoghurt (I used half plain and half sweetened)
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 125g cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- purple colouring (I used a mix of purple powder and beetroot powder)
- sprinkles (sparkly, flowers and butterflies)
Place flours, baking powder, almond and salt in a medium to large mixing bowl. Mix well. Blitz oil, sugar, eggs, avocado flesh, yoghurt and lime juice in food processor until smooth and green. Gently mix avocado mixture with dry ingredients until combined.
Pour into prepared tin and bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave in tin for 5-10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
To make the frosting, vigourously mix all the ingredients with a spoon (or use electric beaters). Spread over cooled cake and decorate with sprinkles as desired.
On the Stereo:
The Trip: Various Artists: curated by Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey.