Another year older, perhaps another year wiser and knowledgeable. Well, to me it’s just a number as long as I am healthy strong and had developed my valuable life: love, Peace, Joy, PET: Patience, Endurance, Tolerance = Perseverance.
No matter what number is your age in this life, a treasure each year or numbers you collected along is the best gift you have. So put your best and shine to the world: your valuable life that had kept you going. Nobody can take it away from you.
Waking up to another chapter of my life and pondering what I am going to bake my own birthday cake with as the prices of food keep increasing, my favourite fruits berries are way beyond my budget. I have decided to use different fruits lemon from my garden and bought orange. Let’s bake a simple birthday cake that I can blow the candle and gives thanks to God; for how grateful to have a new chapter to write on not forgetting, all things in life are temporary.
Old friends are Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold! To hold a diamond, you always need a base of Gold! In term of food, I got lemon and orange to bake my cake, the cake won’t shine without the decoration: berries, which an elderly lady were also browsing in the berries section too said to me how about we share this punnet of strawberry. Looking at her frailty, I said let me get it for you. I only need 2 strawberry you can have the lot. It’s good to see how beautiful the smile on her. This is what I call my valuable life being able to help share and care for people even though I myself need help, yet I give without reservation.
I am glad that my own birthday cake turned out well without my old friends “berries” and using my new friends “lemon and orange” with 2 strawberries. My birthday cake is moist, citrus flavourful, beautifully shine with strawberries, icing sugar and taste delicious. Let’s bake a simple cake that shine bright and remember other people need are put first as my valuable life.
250 g butter, softened, chopped
1 Tbs finely grated orange rind
1 Tbs finely grated lemon rind
300 g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
75g plain flour
125 ml orange juice, from 1 orange and bought orange juice
60ml lime juice (bought in bottle)
2 Strawberries, 1 cut into flower and the other halved
icing sugar on design sheet
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C. Grease and line with baking paper 23cm-round cake pan, In a mixing bowl, beat butter, rinds and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined each addition. Fold sifted flours and juices in two batches. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. I had put in a further 10 minutes as some part has batter. Test again, skewer out clean, switch off oven, leave cake in for 35 minutes with door close. Time up, remove from oven leave cake in pan for 20 minutes before turning onto a plate to cool completely.
The next day, I lay my design sheet in the middle of the cake. Cover the outer sides of the design sheet. Dust some icing sugar. Then remove the design sheet. Cut one strawberry into flower and the other strawberry just take both sides and lay across the design and flower strawberry. Just before cutting lit the candle and place opposite of flower. Serve with coffee, tea or dessert wine. Enjoy!!!!
Note: You can use lemon juice instead of lime. You can use freshly squeezed orange for juice. You may need less or more time as oven temperature vary. You can garnish with berries, or orange and lemon segments or you can make candied citrus slices: 220 g castor sugar, 125 ml water, 1 medium orange and 1 lime , thinly sliced.