Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kirby...

Our big girl turned 19 years old today! She requested this Cappuccino Cake with mascarpone cream frosting. Here's the recipe - it was delicious.
250 gms butter, softened
250 gms dark brown sugar plus a bit extra for frosting (4 tblspns)
300 gms SR flour, sifted
4 eggs, beaten
200 mls very strong coffee (made with brewed or instant, cooled)
Heat oven to 180C (160C for fanforced). Line and grease 2 x 20cm round cake tins.
Cream the butter and sugar until very fluffy. Add the flour and eggs and mix gently to combine. Next, add half (100mls) of the coffee mixture and mix well. Divide the mixture between the two tins. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 25 minutes until cake springs back when touched in middle. I gently rotate my cakes halfway through cooking.
Let cakes cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then take them out and place right side up on cake racks to cool completely. From the remaining 100 mls of coffee mixture, spoon out 3 tblspns and add 2 tblspns of brown sugar. Using a pastry brush, liberally paint the tops of both cakes so coffee mixture soaks in.
250 gms mascarpone cheese, softened
200 mls cream
2 tblspns brown sugar
1 tblspn icing sugar
remaining coffee mixure
Whip the cream to soft peaks, add in mascarpone slowly to combine with cream. Add sugar in then add the coffee mixture bit by bit until you have the desired taste of coffee and the frosting is quite firm.
Place cake on a nice plate, frost bottom layer with lots of the icing, top with second cake and repeat. Dust the cake with cocoa powder then brown sugar. Best refrigerated for a few hours before eating. Could be done the day before.
A really yummy cake, almost like a tiramisu (and you could add Tia Maria into the frosting).
We had a few family and friends over for lunch - I made a Pear, Rocket, Parmesan & Walnut salad...
... a fresh salad platter and a coleslaw. We had nice juicy steaks and sausages...
... Oopsey enjoyed being part of the family
(I wish I had taken the salt away from her!)
Finally, the birthday girl! Happy Birthday, Kirby - one year of Uni down, well done on all you've achieved this year. Love you,
Mum, Dad
& Brianna


  1. Congratulations on one year of uni! And 19! Fantastic.

  2. Happy Birthday Kirby, hope you had a wonderful day.

    The cake looks delicious.

  3. Happy Birthday Kirby. Looks like you had some goodies to celebrate with. I am guessing uni is college. Blessings

  4. What a gorgeous girl!
    And what a yummy looking cake and dinner!
    I am busy doing things for My dAUGHTERS birthday tommorrow....

  5. Birthday blessings to Kirby! So glad you got to have her home for her birthday. Do you get to keep her all summer, or is she taking summer classes too?

  6. Or you could use the Tia Maria to paint the cakes with! Or some MORE Tia Maria.

    The salads and everything looks lovely (salt pot anorl)but just leave me and that scrumptious cake in the same room............

    Happy birthday Kirby!

    Love, Angie, xx

  7. I need to say HAPPY BIRTH-DAY TO YOU TO JOOLZ. It was the day you gave birth so...congrats to you too! It seems like the mothers are totally forgotten on Birth-days. My mother use to call me with each childs brithday and wish me a happy one and congrat me. She is a beauty! Well done!


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