Today is Fathers Day in South Africa. Over a week ago a arranged a gathering of the clan and everyone obliged except my one sister, Hayley, who already had other plans.
Unfortunately, last weekend’s cold turned into a sinus infection during the working weekend [I am sure I am allergic to air conditioning] and I ended up paying a visit to the doctor yesterday and coming home with a packet of medications including cortisone tablets and an antibiotic. The doctor said I should take it easy over the weekend. I looked around his office, checking to see if there was someone else who had crept into his office but no, he was talking to me. Didn’t he know it was Fathers Day weekend?
Anyhow, I came home after my visit, took my meds, and immediately stuck into making 100 strawberry and vanilla cupcakes. I will let you know what these are for next weekend. I also made a lovely citrus cake for the Dads.
Citrus cake recipe
This recipe is derived from a recipe that was in the Woolworths magazine a few years ago.
250 grams soften butter
250 grams castor sugar
4 egg yolks
5 ml vanilla extract
360 grams cake flour
22.5 ml baking powder
300 ml plain yoghurt
zest of 2 oranges
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In an electric mixer beat the butter and the sugar until creamy. Add two whole eggs and two yolks, beating thoroughly between each new addition. Add the remaining two whole eggs and two yolks, beating again. Add the four and baking power, alternating with the zest and the yoghurt, beating thoroughly between each addition. Pour/scoop the mixture into a prepared baking tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and loosen the sides or the cake will crack as it cools.
This morning I woke up late at 7am. I had a lot to do to prepare for the guests. I had molded the fondant badges for the rosettes for the cake just before I went to bed. I painted them with edible gold food colouring and then cut out round fondant discs. These I also painted gold. I used red and blue fondant to cut strips of 30cm long and 3 cm wide for the ribbons. I gathered these around to form a circular shape and glued the discs and the badges to the ribbon.
I then made the icing. I made a quadruple mix as I need some for the cupcake event. I kept back a single mix and added the zest from one orange. I then iced the cake and added the rosettes. I sprinkled the zest of one lime on the top of the cake. It was really tasty.
We hosted lunch and it was delicious. I made meilie milk bread and a giant mixed salad and Mr Fox made a corned beef and two roast chickens. We also bought a salmon quiche [I just didn’t have time to make one]. My Mom-in-law brought two salads and a berry crumble pudding with custard. It was a feast fit for a king.
Oh, and there was one other thing. I wrote a 99-word prompt for Charli’s flash fiction prompt: Bouquet’s. Inspiration then hit and I expanded the prompt into a short story of about 1 500 words. It is my first ghost story. If you have time, do pop over to BakeandWrite and read it. I would love to know what you think. Here is the link: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/flashfiction-carrot-ranch-challenge-bouquet/https://bakeandwrite.co.za/flashfiction-carrot-ranch-challenge-bouquet/.
Have a wonderful week.