I miss my mum at the moment. More than I usually do. I absolutely know without a doubt she’s in the right place because we want more than anything for her to beat this cancer, and so, chemo sooner rather than later is good. But part of me wishes she was around – just to be here for part of this pregnancy, just so she can tell me about her pregnancies, tell me what she loved and hated, and what helped. And in a few weeks, tell me what her life was like with a newborn.
But she can’t be here and that’s OK. We will try and go see her as soon as we can once the little squish arrives. And in the meantime I am so grateful for Whatsapp and Facetime and Skype and Facebook and the rest.
These are a variety of birthday cakes I made last year. The magic is on the inside – they’re all the same moist, rich, dark chocolate cake and it’s so good. It’s a simple recipe and reminds me of my mum because it is her go-to recipe and I grew up on this baby.
For posterity and safe keeping - here's the recipe!
2 cups plain flour
2 cups castor sugar
2 tsp bicarb of sod
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup baking cocoa + 1-2 tbsp
2 tsp instant coffee dissolved in 3/4 cup water
1 cup milk
3/4 cup cooking oil
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
Beat eggs in separate bowl, add milk and then coffee mixture
Pour the liquid mix gradually into the powders - beating as you go.
Add oil and vanilla essence to the batter and beat for 2-3 mins.
Pour into one round greased tins (or two or more like I do because I'm no good at slicing cakes in half) and bake for 35-40 min @ 180 deg C, or until cocktail stick comes out clean...