One should not talk about politics amongst friends but two things are becoming very apparent with our ‘international affairs’ Master 5 year old.
1. He adores Prime Minister Julia Gillard because she is the BOSS of the country (and you better not be caught by him bad-mouthing her)
2. He will not be joining the republican movement of Australia – he loves the Queen.
(Dont know if he knows that his girlfriend Julia may have a different view on the monarchy but hey why complicate a 5 year olds simplistic views on life – the Queen has jewels, soldiers and a castle so she rocks!)
I knew he was interested in the Queen because he spoke a lot about her after her visit to Australia recently. But on friday, i discovered his close bond with the Queen.
Friday is a working day for me, so I walked in the door late in the afternoon to find Master 5 sitting on the lounge looking rather tired and emotional. His sad eyes looked at me and tears began to well up in his eyes.
“What’s the matter buddy.” I said, rushing over to comfort my distraught boy.
“It’s the Queens birthday and everyone is going away for it, EVERYONE!”, he choked through the tears.
“Oh, well that’s ok, we are staying home and we will have a nice weekend here” I replied brightly.
“But, we need to go away for the Queens party” …more sobbing
Here, I began to attempt in explaining that there is no real birthday party for the queen and some people just go on holidays for the weekend to celebrate.
“Well” he pleaded through tears, “I just need to go to Disneyland for the weekend!” He cried. (See above mentioned simplistic views of a 5 year old)
“Well we cannot go to Disneyland for the Queens birthday weekend, but how about on Sunday we make a birthday cake and have a cake for the Queens birthday.”
At this stage the tears and sobbing only escalated…
“But how will she get here?” He sobbed and broke down in another flood of tears…
So that is how I discovered that he feels very fond about the dear Queen and how we wound up spending a lovely Sunday on the Queens birthday long weekend making a chocolate birthday cake for the Queen.
I am still yet to find a good basic chocolate cake recipe. This one was a little dry and crumbly. I have made plenty of decent RICH chocolate cakes with copious amounts of dark melted chocolate in the mix but I am on the hunt for a simple recipe that I can whip up for such occasions that just contains cocoa powder.
To date, i have not found a winner to be kept and reused time and time again.
Do you know of one or have a link to one ?
Anyway, Happy Queens Birthday everyone. Hope you have a lovely long weekend.
The Queens Chocolate Birthday Cake
1 cup self-raising flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
250 g butter
½ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons softened butter
In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, vanilla essence and melted butter.
Add eggs and mix together for 1 minute.
Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 25 – 35 minutes at 160°C.
If the cake springs back it’s cooked. Do not overcook.
Icing: Mix together icing sugar, cocoa, milk and butter.
Ice cake once it has cooled.