Birthday cake

It’s my son’s 17th birthday today and here’s a picture of the cake I made him. Black devil chocolate cake from Elisabeth Pedersen’s (NZ) Really reliable New Zealand cook book (and it is!).

The cake is finished off with a ganache icing, grated chocolate and chopped roasted almonds. Plate decorated with flowers from the garden – self heal and comfrey flowers. The place mat was embroidered by my son’s late Great Great Aunty Nita Davies who was an outstanding exponent of the art – such intricate work I just can’t imagine the patience and finesse required to achieve such beautiful results. I have inherited a lot of her work and consider it a true treasure… as she was.


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