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!

Strawberry heart cookies

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I found this excellent recipe last February and made them for my toddler for his first Valentine’s day.  The cookies retain the heart shape so well and the jam sits very cosily in its given place.  A crumbly cookie with sticky soft strawberry jam.  I should have waited to post this for Valentines but couldn’t wait to share the love!

By the time my husband came home that Valentine’s evening all the cookies had been consumed by me and my little one!  That I ended up baking a chocolate fudge cake for him the next day for his belated sweet valentine treat! The recipe of that particular chocolate cake will be shared very soon!

Recipe for these moreish heart cookies can be found at http://www.stephsbitebybite.com/2012/01/31/pb-and-j-heartprint-cookies/