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Sweet Blessings

A beautiful  Sunday, and Happy Mothers Day.

I made a special cake for my sister today to celebrate Mother’s Day with the family. A Vanilla Strawberry Buttercake.

Its the first time I’ve used this giant cupcake tin, so a little trial and error, but some great results. And some wonderful ideas for future baking were discussed by us girls….may2 063 images12

A Mothers Blessing

Thank you, Holy Father,

for Your special gift of mothers;

for the example of Your unconditional love they share with their children.

Thank You for the mother who lets her child know without doubt he or she is loved,

and for the child who returns that love.

Lord, today we pray You will protect and guide mothers everywhere;

that You will grant them Your wisdom in loving and teaching their children.

Today, may children everywhere remember the warm caresses and whispers in the night;

the tears dried and Band-Aids, the peach cobbler, the laughter;

and the blood curdling scream, ‘No!’ at the brink of danger.

Thank You for the mothers who played with us, taught us, nurtured us,

fed us, listened to us and tried to understand us.

Today, may we remember Mum’s beauty when we were young;

and her loveliness discovered as we aged.

Lord, today draw especially close the mothers who are alone,

for whatever reason;

and grant them Your comfort, Your pleasure, Your peace,

And, Lord, for children who are alone, because of distance, death, or indifference,

may good memories flood their minds.

And if there is not a good memory,

may forgiveness burst forth from their hearts

and revive in them long lost joy.

Thank you particularly for phone calls today,

and for a shared ‘I Love You’.

Today as we honour, celebrate, or simply reflect on the woman who gave us birth,

or who adopted us into her heart.

We thank You, Lord, for life,

and for Mum!

I thought I’d share this beautiful Mothers Blessing poem that we gave to our Mum’s today from our children in our Liturgy class.

Read on for the recipe and decorating tips…

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In the background is my new giant cupcake tin…have you seen one or have one in your kitchen?

I used the buttercake recipe which came with the tin, as I wasn’t quite sure of the required amount of mixture needed for this tin. I actually didn’t put enough mixture in the top part of the tin.But I disguised the problem will the finishing decorating touches.

Recipe: Vanilla Buttercake

375grams softened Butter

1 1/2 cups Caster Sugar (fine)

6 eggs

3 teaspoons Vanilla Essence

4 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour, sifted

1 cup milk

Method: Pre heat oven to 180°C. Beat butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add in 1 egg at a time beating until well combined. Stir in vanilla essence, then gradually fold through lightly sifted flour and milk.

Pour mixture into both sides of the tin, for top and bottom of giant cupcake.Fill the top section 2/3 full, and the rest into the bottom half of tin.Bake in moderate oven for 1 hour, reduce heat to 160°C and cook for approximately another 10-20 minutes or until you can insert a skewer in the centre of cake and it comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and leave in tin to rest for about 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack, and cool.

Tip: Place cake right side up back into tin and use as a guide to cut level, top of cake

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To Decorate:

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Place cake onto a cake stand it makes life easier to decorate as you turn cake.I covered the center of cake with strawberry jam and cream. I made a quick vanilla icing with 1 cup of icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of softened butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and a 1/4 cup of milk. Adjust the mixture as you go…add more icing sugar of milk to make an icing easy to spread, but not runny. I decorated the edge of this cake with bought Italian savoiardi biscuits. Spread with the icing line up along outside edge of cake and drizzle a little on the front of biscuit.

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Viola!, a beautiful classic buttercake, made into a strawberry delight cake.may2 073 Long distance wishes to my Mum and wishing you all a wonderful week.

Linking to Sweet Tooth Friday



    • I had a lot of fun with this cake, I had it visually in my mind for a couple of days. I was really happy with the end result. Have a great week, Mandy. x

  1. Such a wonderful cake … er … cupcake you created for your Sister, Yvette. It really is beautiful and I’m sure she will/did appreciate it very much. Have a great day!

    • John, it certainly is a giant cupcake, the amount of mixture and cake is a surprise, we’ll have buttercake for a couple of days, that’s another reason why sometimes I only like using icing and not fresh cream.I only put the fresh cream on the top of this cake for that reason, the adults also had a splash of Galliano over ours, just to help wash it down.! Have a great week

  2. A luscious cake and so beautiful, Yvette! And mostly what a beautiful prayer! Absolutely precious in words and concept. Did you write it? Regardless, it is so beautifully put.

    I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day, too for all the motherly nurturing you offer to those around you (and those far); your sweet embrace, thoughts, and words, as well as your sweet treats and delightful personality. The makeup of a true mother dwells in the heart.

    Blessings, my friend,
    Marianne xox

    • Marianne, no I didn’t write this blessing poem, but one I took ages to find, as teacher, yes the nurturing side in me does flow, the little ones had so much fun preparing craft for their mums and at so young a age the love and act of giving is such a joyous emotion. I wanted to make something special for my neice and nephew to celebrate with their mum, and my sister enjoyed the cake immensely. Enjoy the week, friend x

  3. I’m sorry. I just can’t look at your blog anymore. It seems that I gain about five pounds per view! 🙂

  4. Yvette, this is really clever and beautiful, thank you! I actually have the cupcake tin, but I’ve never used it – this is the first time I’ve seen it turned into something really interesting rather than a giant frosted cupcake! 🙂

    • Thanks Celia, yes, I’ve only seen this done as a giant cupcake, but thinking outside the box, you can really get creative. Funny, we did just that, once I saw how the shape turned out, my sister, neice and I, had just that discussion..’you could make…oh that would look great! …just have to create the quanity of mixture up to this basic buttercake recipe!
      Thanks for calling by. x

  5. This is a very beautiful and unique cake
    I’d loooooooooooooove a slice as i’m sure it’s delicious\
    It’s creative and I admire that

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