Friday, December 16, 2011

Nom nom nom

I had a serious dose of baking fever yesterday morning and whipped up a whole batch of goodies for my little men and their pals to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas!

This Christmas tree chocolate cake was so easy. I bought the cake tin in Kmart, made up mixture for 12 cupcakes (Humming Bird Cafe recipe), poured the mixture into the mould and popped it into the oven for 25 minutes at 175 degrees celsius. Then when it cooled down my two littler boys "helped" me dust it with icing sugar and put some M&Ms on as baubles :-)

Next I made 2 dozen choccie cupcakes (Hummingbird recipe again, always a winner). Things went a bit awry with the food colouring and I now have hulk hands.

Some mince-pies for my hubbie :-)

We're pretty strict with our kids' diets. Our eldest never ate chocolate until he was five and a half, the others younger of course. I wanted to hold off for longer with them too but trying to watch all kids with an eagle eye is impossible sometimes. D had his first taste over a year ago when I saw him ambling past at his friend's party stuffing a Lamington down his throat with glee and S had his about a year ago too when he was handed a slice of cake unbeknownst to me at another party, there he was sitting at the top of the slide with choccie all over him looking like he'd just discovered gold!

So now, we do let go when it's special occasions like parties and Christmas or special playdates. I'm happy to say that they still have very healthy diets and appreciate treats for what they are - special and not the norm :-)

Oh, if you'd seen the happy little chocolate-covered faces here yesterday after all this baking :-)


The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Wow you are a baking queen! I love the chocolate Christmas-tree cake and the mince pies are wonderful, the stars are so sweet.

JavelinWarrior said...

Those mincemeat pies are to DIE for! I'm so jealous of your hubby right now ;) And I hope you don't mind but I'm so inspired I've included this post in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. Thanks for sharing and MOAR please :)

Hello Vintage said...

Yummo! I feel a bit of baking coming along here also (now that there is no more kindy to keep the little man busy)! Looks great!

Flotsam Friends said...

Wow, everything looks so fabulous. I especially love the cupcakes and the mince pies. They're my favourite. I think I ate about 1000 of those with full cream milk on the lead up to Gus being born (Christmas Day). I wonder why I put on so much weight?! You are good mum not allowing chocolate until five & a half!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your kind comment about my boys art. I think you're onto something there. I so wish my house was bigger so I could do that... One day when I have that deck!!! One day... Love, Pruxxx

Flotsam Friends said...

P.S. What's your Hummingbird recipe? Px

Thrifted Treasure said...

Hi Pru, sorry only replying now. The recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, lovely book with easy to follow recipes, let me know if you'd like me to email you the full recipe :-)