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half-eaten 2nd birthday cake

It was my son’s birthday; I made the cake. Here it is, half-eaten (or is it half-uneaten, whichever is the more positive sounding…) It was very nice cake. I thought this wasn’t going to become a food-blog? I haven’t baked a cake in years, I mean years. I was all for doing a nice Victoria sponge with jam and buttercream in it, but for some reason couldn’t pluck up the courage. Besides, ingredients here always seem to have different names from their British recipe counterparts when I get to the store.

It’s what first frustrated me when I moved here. I remember back then, I forget what I was making, but I couldn’t find double cream anywhere, had no idea what Americans called it. Out went half my recipes. No coriander? Well I’ll use cilantro instead. Biscuits are a type of bready thing you get at KFC, not something you dip in your tea. Even now I’m still not sure if America has any swede in any of its grocery stores (I’ve had mashed-swede-&-carrot-free roasts for over four years now), it may be disguised as something else. The perils of being a Brit abroad. 

But cake, on the other hand, is surely cake! So I used a cake mix, from a box, Betty Crocker, just add eggs, oil and water. Kind of cheating I know. But it was bloody good, I will say, and my son (who had been looking forward to this much-hyped birthday cake for days) was super impressed, and that’s the main thing.

Drawn in the moleskine diary.

11 thoughts on “cake that

  1. helen says:

    betty crocker makes a pretty mean cake, truth be told. but I don’t think you get to gripe about the perils of being a brit abroad if you are going to date things 1-24-10!

  2. petescully says:

    oh, i have to use that system here otherwise my head will explode. I’ve been date-brainwashed. If ever I move back I will be so confused! But I did choose this wordpress theme specifically because it uses the UK (ie, the sensible) dating system. Can’t forsake it completely!

  3. petescully says:

    Rutabagas, I knew it!!! I haven’t noticed them but I did wonder; I know them from a sesame street song my son likes. They have dimples on their knees apparently. So they’re the same thing as swedes? Either way I’m gonna mash one up for my next roast. Cheers!!!

  4. petescully says:

    oh yeah, like in haggis? I always thought neeps were turnips. I’d love to live in Scotland, best fish and chips in the world, but after california it’s a bit too cold!

  5. helen says:

    i believe officially we call turnips white turnips but you’ll find we’re a bit lazy and call the whole lot neeps or turnips. and of course the young folk don’t know what vegetables look like because, this is scotland.

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