Milestones are important - and 5 decades is well worth celebrating! Janna, my one and only sister, lives 2 hours north and will be marking this milestone with a wonderful gathering very soon. What is a birthday without a cake and reaching 50 requires something perhaps a little elegant, certainly not ordinary. Some of these finds below I think would be easier to paint than make....so the gesture on my part at this stage is more fantasy than fact. I have been known to employ artistic skills in the kitchen - at times to good effect.... other times...dont ask!
So what inspiration did I find this afternoon?
This good old aussie standard below - the ubiquitous 'lamington' is something I might have created 40 years ago
When going 'all out' one would have added the cream layer - very sophisticated!
I never did get round to making the infamous 'pavlova' which provokes a debate between Oz and NZ as to where it originated.
I've looked beyond the good old standards - with my sister in mind. Of course I shall have to see which of these the birthday girl herself fancies - (please let it be the chocolate and pistachio...I could manage that!) I recall she loved cheesecake a long time ago. She was smart and married a very good cook. She's smart in many ways actually!
Below is a bouquet - edible of course - from an legendary Sydney Cake shop SWEET ART that specialises in exotica. This is rather a quiet offering - I well remember walking past their Paddington shopfront years ago and seeing some remarkable constructions - perfect for a locale full of galleries and a plethora of culturally diverse venues!
The blood orange cheesecake actually looks sensational thanks to Martha - that colour!
Another Martha number - 'darkest chocolate layer cake' that LOOKS pretty memorable!
Nigellas Lemon Meringue cake is looking good...lemon is one of those brilliant flavours - this looks like a grown up's pavlova really.
From Gourmet traveller, an excellent foodie magazine from Australia comes this Cassata below.
The afore mentioned Chocolate Pistachio cake from Martha
The finale - Martha's Carrot and Ginger cake is rather an elegant statement! Baking is definitely a skilled pursuit... especially when venturing out on a limb to create something magical! I think 5-0 calls for some magic!
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