Monday, 10 June 2013

My Birthday!

So, last Tuesday was my birthday! The big 18! A lot of my friend's birthdays are around October, December, February so I’m definitely the baby of the group and it is so exciting to finally be 18. I’m also currently in the midst of exams so I haven’t celebrated too much yet, but I did take the day off from revision on my actual birthday to spend the day with family. My Mum always makes my birthday cake and whilst there have been some pretty epic ones in the past, this years was the best yet and I felt I had to share it with you! Take a look:photo (2)Aand a little bit closer…photo (1)It was a work of art! The top was made of white and dark chocolate buttons, chocolate raisins, truffles, sprinkles, chocolate drops and Vice Versas and I think it took a pretty long time as it is so intricate. It was inspired by this Telegraph article, specifically this cake – it was very similar only slightly smaller as there are only 3 of us and it was still pretty big! The cake itself was chocolate with chocolate buttercream (which tasted just like Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream!) and was absolutely delicious. As well as marvelling (and then eating) this, we also went out for a champagne afternoon tea at the top of the National Portrait Gallery in London. This was the view by our table…photo (4)and this was my afternoon tea…IMG-20130604-00949Yes, we had one of those each! The bottom tier consisted of: a mini blueberry pavlova with chantilly cream, a wedge of Victoria sponge, a hefty slice of carrot cake, a millionaires shortbread with chocolate ganache, a chocolate brownie and a scone with jam and clotted cream. Each! I tried my best but was eventually defeated and had to take the brownie home with me. Every aspect was delicious, I think my favourite was the Victoria sponge as I often find them too dry or heavy for me and this one was so feather light. It was the best way to spend my birthday and I would thoroughly recommend it if you have a celebration coming up. Hope you enjoyed reading about it! These white chocolate truffles coated in coconut were the final touch…photo (5)

8 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy belated Birthday and congrats!

That cake is so beautifully decorated. Kuddos to your mother.

Cheers,

Rosa

La Table De Nana said...

The cake:)
That is a mother's love my dear Lucy:)

The patience..the artistic twist..LOVELY..
and Tea..the proper way..I love that!
Let me take this opportunity to wish you the best of yrs..
When I turned 18..41 yrs ago:)..a dear neighbor..I babysat his 2 children..made me a key .. a beautiful key out of wood and painted it gold..BIG.. and said it was a key of happiness to my future..
I wish I had kept it..how sweet was that?
Funny that is the only thing I remember about turning 18..well almost..

Dewi said...

Happy Birthday Lucy! Many happy returns.

The cake your mum made look wonderful and very pretty. Perfect cake for a such a lovely daughter like you.

Good luck with your exam as well.
Cheers,
Dewi

Jo said...

Happy Birthday Lucy! Your cake looks absolutely gorgeous, I love how your mum decorated it (I may have to steal the idea sometime!) Your afternoon tea looks amazing too, pretty much a perfect birthday!

manu said...

The cake looks delicious and the pic are so lovely!
Happy Birthday Lucy

Maggie said...

Happy Birthday! Your Mum has made you a fabulous birthday cake and I love the use of all of those chocolate buttons too.

Kezia said...

Happy Birthday! The cake looks amazing, perhaps your mum should start her own baking blog:) Good luck with the exams. xr

The Caked Crusader said...

Happy birthday!

Love the decoration on your birthday cake - very inventive