Wanna rock your Australia Day BBQ with the cutest Aussie Flag cake ever? Well come on in and I'll show you how!!!! If I was to say this wasn't fiddly, I'd be telling lies, but I've done all the hard work here and figured out how to do it (almost), so the second time should be alot easier!!!!!
The Union Jack bit was the fiddliest, but since when did the Brits stop giving their Aussie cousins a bit of jip anyway? I'll tell ya...... they didn't!!!! Isn't that why we are all here in our new island home, rubbing shoulders and celebrating Australia Day so heartily together. Cause the mother country, which ever one that be, gave our ancestors or us a rougher deal than we get here. The Brits and the Aussies have a friendly rivalry, which is usually played out on the sporting field. Lots of Aussies want the Union Jack out of our flag for what it means symbolically, but I like it!!! It's our history.
Most of my friends down here on the Northern Beaches of Sydney are from England. Don't know if it's sheer numbers. There's lots here, cause I guess if you're going to immigrate to Australia, why not live next to what Australia is famous for? Her gorgeous beaches. The Brits and I seem to have a similar sense of humour and lots of laughs. Quite often I am the token Aussie at the table.....funny!!!!!!
Anyhoo once you get past the Union Jack fiddle, an icon I think is uber stylish by the way, the cake is quite easy to assemble. I hung a flag over my lounge chairs so I could follow the design!!!!! But clearly that didn't work!!!! I've just walked out into the living room to have another look at the flag and realised I didn't get it right. I forgot the horizontal red stripe of St Georges Cross. But you get the idea and to be honest anymore strawberries in there would have just about done my head in.
So to put it together, I bought lots of navy and red fruit
Made sure I had some stiff cream cheese frosting, that meant I didn't need any white fruit and that it was easy to work with.
So once you've made a half decent, if a little wonky looking Union Jack, border it with blue berries
Next make the six stars. I made them too small and ended up having to add more berries to the circumference so they looked bigger. I eventually settled on six berries, but I think they could even be bigger, looking at the final result.
Then fill in the cake with blue berries. This is Stephanie Alexander's Simple Carrot Cake and it's fabulous and quick to make. I made a double quantity here and cooked it for an hour instead of 40 minutes and it worked fine. Go here for the recipe
The frosting I made for this one was a little different, as I wanted it real stiff. I used
250g cream cheese at room tamp
150 g butter at room temp
125 g sifted icing sugar
Beat until smooth
The Beach House Boys are doing another regatta this week and today is the lay day. Guess what they are getting for morning tea!!!!!!!
Even if you don't decorate this cake as an Australian Flag, it is a fabulous one to entertain with. It's super moist, easy and goes a long way. And most of all it tastes great!!!!
For my other simple baking ideas have a look here.
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