Monday, December 19, 2011

Beach House Birthdays Today and a Nautically Decorated Cake

As if the Christmas crazy dance isn't enough, both Mr Beach House and the biggest Beach House Brat celebrate their birthdays today.  That's right, I had him on 19 December and I was determined to have my birth day plus 5 in hospital.  No penny pinching hospital bean counters were gunna chuck me out a minute early.  So I brought him home on Christmas morning, after a Caesar and a massive hemorrhage.  Mother in Law was ropable that I didn't attend Christmas lunch with her new Grand child accessory, I cried my eyes out at the prospect of keeping this little thing alive on my own and the first dream I had was of him crawling over the edge of a balcony and crashing into the sea and rocks 60 feet down, as I looked on over the balustrade.

But nine years on he is still alive and developing into a beautiful young man and Mr Beach House and I are still married.....a miracle as well!!!!!  The drama continues as we are having a pool party this evening to celebrate the birthday's, at the local yacht club and it's raining..  But you know what?   I don't care.  I've made the fabulous carrot cake from Stephanie Alexanders Cook's companion and iced it nautically.

The writings very wonky and the icing is dripping off, but this cake tastes fabulous and is quick and simple to make. 

Now as if two birthdays aren't enough in the week before Christmas, it's our wedding anniversary on Thursday.  I'm leaving that one up to Mr Beach House though!!!!  Which probably means we'll be in that night!!!

Stepahnie Alexander's Simple Carrot Cake`
125g self raising flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn grated nutmeg
2/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs
2 cups finely grated carrot
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 180C.  Mix together flour, sugar and spices.  Add oil and eggs and beat in a food processor ( I mixed by hand to reduce washing up).  Stir in carrot and walnuts.  Pour into an 18cm spring form tin lined. Bake for 1 hour. ( I poured into a 23 cm square tin and baked for 40 minutes).  Cool in tin before turning out.  When cold, dust with icing sugar mixed with ground cinnamon or ice with cream cheese frosting.

I made two quantites of the square cake so I could layer it.

Cream Cheese Frosting (for 2 cakes)
400g cream cheese
200g icing sugar
100g butter soft
a few drops of vanilla essence.
Mix well and spread over the middle and ice top.

I hope when I return to the kitchen all my decorations haven't slid off the cake.  I'll let you know if that happens.  Also sorry about all the recipe posts, but that's what I seem to be doing most of here at the Beach house, Pre Christmas 2011.

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  1. What a fun cake!! I like the shark fins, so unique, Laura

  2. the cake looks fantastic & i love the wonky writing! the kids won't care if it rains. have fun!

  3. The cake is adorable! Have fun at the party.

  4. ohhhh it is just gorgeous what an adorbable idea. Happy Birthday to your boys - I hope they had a wonderful time :) xx

  5. Oh ya, now thats a boys cake, gotta have shark fins...Kathi

  6. That is awesome. Please add my link Carolyn to your posts. Thanks.

  7. very creative and it looks delicious!

  8. I like the look of the icing dripping off the sides. : ).. And I love all things nautical so both your cake and your pictures on the side bar have caught my eye! Great job. Looks yummy!

  9. I love it! The shark fins are so cool! My boys would love this as their birthday cake. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  10. That is so cute; what birthday boy wouldn't love that! Have a great and Happy New Year!

  11. OMG, how cute is that? I love the shark fins!! My hubby is a huge shark fan so I may have to do this for his birthday. I wouldn't worry about the icing dripping off as it creates a really cool effect in my opinion. It looks like the water on the top of the cake is running right off the sides and that is just neat. Maybe it's me. Anyway, thanks for sharing this! I'm glad to hear your son survived to see this cake and, you know, keep him away from balconies. ;)


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