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November 5, 2012

It’s very quiet here tonight. Jeaniegran and Poppa have returned from whence they came and Arlo’s gone on a residential trip with school. He had to pack four changes of clothes for two days  – because it’s envisaged he’s going to get wet and muddy. He should have  a fun time. Whether he’ll ever be able to pack the stuff back in the suitcase remains to be seen.

It’s November 5th – Guy Fawkes night. Do we have a bonfire and fireworks? No, because Arlo told us in no uncertain terms that bonfire night celebrations can’t take place without him. Normally this would be a red flag to a bull, but it is a  bit chilly this evening. We’ve contented ourselves with an indoor sparkler each and we’ll be sitting in front of the indoor fire in the red room.


Earlier I made a skatepark cake to be unveiled at the Town Council meeting tonight –  it’s to celebrate a year since the kids using the skatepark asked the council for lights to be installed.

Unfortunately, the park’s still in darkness. So, as it’s bonfire night it seemed appropriate to illuminate cake with sparklers (indoor ones) to give a glimpse of how fantastic the skatepark would be if it was illuminated. I hope Alan remembers to switch off the ancient Guildhall’s smoke alarm while the sparklers are lit… Not sure if the powers that be will be impressed enough to do anything, but it should be a nice tasting cake. It’s a Madeira type cake – ie one that was meant to be eaten with the drink Madeira, rather than a cake from Madeira (which I have eaten and is very different – but that’s another story). This cake is for a 10″ square tin.

Grease and line a 10″ cake tin. I’m not usually very fastidious about this part of the process, but as I was making a cake to be sculpted I thought I ought to start with a level playing field so to speak. In a bowl mix 8oz soft butter and 12oz sugar – I used a mixture of dark muscovado and white. Add 6 egg whites one by one beating well each time and then add 6 egg yolks – again one by one. Add 3fl oz yogurt and mix this in. Then fold in 18oz self raising flour. Pile into the tin,  level the top and bake at 180c for about 45 minutes or until it looks done.





It’s a good dense cake which can be cut to shape – comes in handy if you’re making a skatepark cake.



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