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    Aussie Guest

    Default SO's birthday party in 3&1/2 weeks.

    For the past couple of months it's been "I just want a BBQ with a couple
    of people at most. It's no big deal."

    It's her 50th!! I had a hard time convincing her to let her hair out a
    bit. She wouldn't budge.

    Anyways, that has all changed. The recent sudden death of a workmate she
    was close to, and thinking back to her own older sisters *one* celebration
    before she lost her battle with cancer a few years back, has given her a
    *huge* jolt.

    We went from her, me and about 4 others having a small BBQ get-together,
    to a list that is still growing. Last count, we have 46 people attending!!

    So...... the venue has changed. We can managed 20 people in the house, but
    getting up around 50 is too many, so we're moving it to the local
    community hall.

    And now the catering side of it has gone from a couple of hours work, to a
    couple of *days* work!!

    But I don't mind........ I've been at her for years to celebrate her
    birthdays, I'm just glad she has finally wants to.

    Mind you..... my 50th birthday party went for 17 days :-)

    And yes, the party is on your "Halloween" night, which Aussie kids have
    started to imitate :-/


    For the birthday cake, I'm going to be making *two* of these.......

    http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=784232

    I last made it for her birthday back in 2007, and ever since then I've had
    her, and the people who were there, asking me when I was going to ever
    make it again!!


    http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/a...oc%20birthday%
    20cake/



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Hobart
    Tasmania

    The act of feeding someone is an act of beauty,
    whether it's a full Sunday roast or a jam sandwich,
    but only when done with love.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: SO's birthday party in 3&1/2 weeks.

    On Wed, 06 Oct 2010 03:25:14 GMT, Aussie
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > For the birthday cake, I'm going to be making *two* of these.......
    >
    > http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=784232


    I see it's a buttermilk cake variation. I've been looking at them for
    the last few days. That frosting looks awesome, nice and chocolaty.
    I'd probably change it to 100% dark chocolate, so I'd feel like I was
    eating a candy bar. Saving the recipe. Thanks.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Aussie Guest

    Default Re: SO's birthday party in 3&1/2 weeks.

    sf <[email protected]> wrote in news:rrvna6t53g5pqcaf6fmop9a34bc0jmr1mj@
    4ax.com:

    > On Wed, 06 Oct 2010 03:25:14 GMT, Aussie
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> For the birthday cake, I'm going to be making *two* of these.......
    >>
    >> http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=784232

    >
    > I see it's a buttermilk cake variation. I've been looking at them for
    > the last few days. That frosting looks awesome, nice and chocolaty.




    The frosting *is* awesome....... when I was making it, I thought, "This
    doesn't sound like it's going to be any sort of tasty" but boy!! was I
    wrong!! The setting and then whipping it changes it dramatically.

    The cake is fantastic, moist, and choc full of flavour (NPI), and the
    frosting sets it *right* off!! I still remember people licking their
    fingers, (and their plates!!) and asking for a second (and a couple of
    them even a 3rd!!) piece.

    And we had more people than usual dropping round for coffee and "Oh, do
    you have any of the cake left?" in the days/week afterwards.


    > I'd probably change it to 100% dark chocolate, so I'd feel like I was
    > eating a candy bar.
    >



    I think they have it as 1/2 and 1/2 to counterbalance the dark chocolate
    cake and give it a bit of contrast.... but hey!! knock yourself out :-)



    > Saving the recipe. Thanks.



    No worries, let us know when you make it and what it's like.

    Just remember to get a *big* cake tin!!



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Hobart
    Tasmania

    The act of feeding someone is an act of beauty,
    whether it's a full Sunday roast or a jam sandwich,
    but only when done with love.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: SO's birthday party in 3&1/2 weeks.

    On Wed, 06 Oct 2010 07:59:41 GMT, Aussie
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I think they have it as 1/2 and 1/2 to counterbalance the dark chocolate
    > cake and give it a bit of contrast.... but hey!! knock yourself out :-)


    I like the richness of dark, dark chocolate, so I think I will!

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: SO's birthday party in 3&1/2 weeks.

    sf wrote:

    >> http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=784232

    >
    > I see it's a buttermilk cake variation. I've been looking at them for
    > the last few days. That frosting looks awesome, nice and chocolaty.
    > I'd probably change it to 100% dark chocolate, so I'd feel like I was
    > eating a candy bar. Saving the recipe. Thanks.


    I really don't like the idea of vegetable oil in chocolate frosting.

    I got this recipe thirty-one years ago from a friend who won a prize at our
    county fair for it. It uses sour cream instead of buttermilk:

    Angelique's Chocolate Fudge Cake

    3 squares unsweetened chocolate
    2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
    3 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup boiling water

    Melt chocolate over low heat. Generously grease and lightly flour two
    nine-inch cake pans. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together.

    Cream butter in large bowl, add brown sugar and eggs. Beat until fluffy
    (about five minutes). Add vanilla and melted chocolate. Add dry
    ingredients alternately with sour cream, beating after each addition until
    smooth. Stir in boiling water. (Batter will be thin.)

    Pour into pans and bake at 350 F for about thirty minutes. (Test by poking
    the center with a toothpick; the cake is done when the toothpick comes out
    clean.)

    Cool in pans on a rack for ten minutes, then turn out and cool completely.
    Frost with Chocolate Fudge Frosting and keep refrigerated.


    Chocolate Fudge Frosting

    4 squares unsweetened chocolate
    1/2 cup butter
    1 lb 10X confectioner's sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Combine chocolate and butter over low heat just until melted, then remove
    from heat. Combine sugar, vanilla, and milk in a medium-sized metal bowl.
    Stir until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture. Set bowl inside large bowl
    of ice water and stir with a wooden spoon until the frosting reaches the
    right consistency.


    Bob


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