What is a father?
We celebrate Father’s day in Australia on the 4th of September. First, Heavenly Father who is unseen, the creator of the universe. Whom live in the very middle of my heart. He is my constant companion, best friend, as well as my King. He designed me for close communication with Him. My richest duty as a child is devotion to Him.
The friendship Heavenly Father offer me is practical and down to earth, yet it’s soaked with Heavenly Glory. I depend on Him continually. I consciously live, move and have my being in Him, desiring that He live in me, and I in Him. Heavenly Father is a Powerful Healer. He heals broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships with His very Presence. I can always go to Him for rest, helps and provisions. He has instructed me to Trust in Him – My Master.
He had given me an earth Father. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your abundance Grace, Peace, Joy, and Blessings Richest always. My Earth Father is where I am connected to Heavenly Father by Love bonds that nothing can sever. This is one of the joys of true friendship. My father provided me with things that can be seen. He is both a loving discipline and encouraging supportive man in the image of Heavenly Father.
He is a breadwinner, a faithful man to Heavenly Father, wife, children, and grandchildren. He provided us everything: Love, education, physical strength, emotional empathy, and financial support until we can stand on our own feet. He always gives advice when he detected that we needed one or two. A good listener, slow to anger, always joyous to be with, whom we can touch, see, and relied for strong burden bearer: driving the grand kids home from school when he had retired and me wherever I needed to go, save me time, walking far and money. He loves to iron clothes. He mows the grass better than the hired mower man and free of charge without asking.
Also, he has become great at cooking KL Hokkien Noodles, and deep-fried chickens as I am afraid of cooking with oil. He is also a very generous man, godly man, and a blessing bonus to me: my strong tower of refuge in times of need as I had become invalid, unable to work. Lucky me, small size; he can carry me up and down the stairs, either wise I am in big trouble when I couldn’t walk. Now, I can walk so thankful to both Father.
He is also a friend to talk, to argue, to irritate, to challenge, and I have bad thing; I cannot hide: my love for alcohols and foods, so dad is my drinking partner even though we both have gout we still drink occasionally. He is always delighted to see his children and grandchildren at every Friday dinner, which is our Happy Hours with my sisters and husbands drinking to the full until Corona Virus. The good thing I would say, stop us drinking too much!!! As no one to challenge or encourage to drink more….. No Happy Hours!!!
He is a devoted father and rejoices with singing to Heavenly Father: singing and playing his guitar to his lovely wife. So, on Father’s Day be thankful to Heavenly Father and Earth Father for all Grace, Peace, Joy, and Provision that we have. Happy Father’s Day to all father in the world whether you are celebrating it today!!!!! Here’s a cake for you, my father. Enjoy!!!!!
The cake is not too sweet, dark coco has a subtle flavour that pairs well with strawberries. It’s moist, light texture, enhanced the marbling effect, decadent with coffee, tea and dessert wine. Let’s bake!!!
250 g butter
200 g castor sugar
320 g plain flour, sifted twice
300 ml sour cream
100 ml milk
120 ml strawberry pureed (9 large + 1/8 c water)
1 1/2 Tsp baking powder, sifted together with pl flour
4 Tbs cocoa powder
2-3 drops black gel
1 large strawberry flower
2 large strawberries, sliced
Preheat oven 160 degrees C and grease and line 23 cm round spring form pan and set aside. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside. Beat butter for 2 minutes then add castor sugar and beating until creamy and pale about 5-7 minutes. Add egg one at a time, beating well each addition alternate with sour cream.
Fold in flour mixture alternate with milk, mix well until incorporated. Divide batter into 2 equal portions about 650 g each. In the mixing bowl the 1st batter adds strawberry puree and mix well until blended. The 2nd portion in a separate bowl, add in cocoa powder and black gel, mix well until you achieve the dark coco colouring batter and blended well.
Spoon one big metal spoon of strawberry batter into the line prepared pan and then use a tablespoon spoon the black brown batter place next to the orange batter followed by strawberry batter and black brown batter cover the base make marble effect. The second layer, I spoon strawberry batter and black brown batter over the first layer giving more marbling effects then repeat marbling effect until both batters finished.
Give a couple gentle knocks on the bench top. Bake in oven for 60 minutes or until skewer out clean. Switch off oven and leave cake in for 35 minutes with door shut. Then remove onto wire rack to cool further about 25 minutes in pan. Then flip over to a plate and let it cool completely before decorating with strawberry flower, strawberries slices and chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy with brewed coffee or tea or dessert wine.
Note: You can use lime and orange zest, vanilla essence or rosewater. Instead of black gel you can use coco emulco or just cocoa powder. You can add more castor sugar if you want to about 20 g more. You can omit sour cream and use double cream or orange juice. You can add strawberry pieces in your cake.