Some Birthday Cake?

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I’ve been wanting to make Lamingtons, for quite some time now but when my son said he wanted a chocolate cake with coconut for MY BIRTHDAY…then that worked for me!  I’m just really happy we like the same sweet things lol!

A massive chunky, glossy ganache covered chocolate fudge cake topped off with naturally crunchy sweet coconut! Ummmm loved it! We all did!

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I had to share some cake with you all…I hope you enjoy it, as much as we did!  Have a beautiful day friends! See you soon! Much love, D x

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Click on the blue link below for the recipe…

My favourite chocolate fudge cake recipe…just top with extra coconut!

Wordless Wednesday

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Have a blissful and wonderful Wednesday friends…
Much love, D x

(Picture taken by H.Makani)

An interesting article discussing the health benefits of the echinacea flower!

My Mork From Ork! Come In Robin?

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Hello all friends, Today I come with a heavy heart and sadness, as my most favourite actor in the whole world has crossed over….

Robin Williams, I watched you since I was a toddler in nappies when you appeared as “Mork from Ork” in Mork & Mindy to Dead Poets Society which helped me understand the meaning of life and death. The laughter that filled the air, everytime my brothers and I watched Mrs Doubtfire! can never be forgotten. To knowing that laughter is the best medicine and can heal you, as you shared as Patch Adams!

I wish truly that your soul has now started to heal and you are at peace within. We will never forget the laughs and light you shared. You were and truly still are a genuinely beautiful soul. You will be missed! Xx

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See My Kitchen ~ Thought For Thursday…

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Totally agree with this…As I look back at my childhood, I remember nearly always being in the kitchen with all my family hovering around me.  I would sit at the breakfast bar on my assigned stool.  Not only to eat but to do my homework, revise, have my best friends round, enjoying a cup of coffee.

The kitchen is sooo the place to be! And without a doubt my most favourite room and space in the whole home!

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This is the Shivaay Delights Kitchen!

Enjoy cooking in your little haven…I’m going in there now to lose myself in creating more food fun!

See you soon friends! Much love D x

The Red Velvet Birthday Cake

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My first ever red velvet cake for my husband’s birthday!  He recently told me he liked it so that then became the cake of choice.  To compliment the flavour I wanted to smother the cake in a light chocolate buttercream frosting and to add a little acidity and sharpness the frozen summer berries came into play.
My 3 year old greased the cake tins with his favourite brush whilst I whisked up the colourful batter.

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I used a tried and tested batter recipe as it being the first time and especially for an occasion.  However the buttercream recipe is all mine…
Extremely delicious and minimal work.  The fruit and chocolate biscuit fingers make it that more glamorous, until my little one decided to stick his toy plastic dinosaurs right in the middle with the candle!  Well, after all it was for his Daddy!

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The red velvet sponge part of the recipe can be found @ http://divascancook.com/the-best-red-velvet-cake-recipe-easy-homemade-moist-with-southern-flair/

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Light chocolate buttercream frosting

INGREDIENTS

70g milk chocolate melted
100g butter or low fat butter spread softened
200g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

Beat the butter and icing sugar together

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Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and combine well

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Spread on the top of the cake, also in the middle of the 2 sponges and then all over

Place some frozen berries on the top.  Stick chocolate fingers around the side of the whole cake

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I’m taking some of this cake with me to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party over at the Novice Gardener come join us!