Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Its my 1st yr blogaversary - Baking Mad giveaway


My blog is one year old today!

Where has that year gone from my first post to now, where has all that food gone *looks down at widening hips*, where have all these foodie friends/fellow bloggers, Twitter/Facebook, Clandestine Cake Clubbing, hen loving/keeping followers come from? Well I'm not really sure, its all a bit of a wonder to be honest, but I love my new found blogging hobby, and my new found acquaintances and people I now like to call 'friends' and I wanted to express many heartfelt thanks to those of you who have read, followed, trusted me to review, commented on and supported my blog in its first year. Many, many thanks.
Susan x  


Time to celebrate with a slice or two of cake...and because this post has a birthday theme its about baking cakes at home that would be suitable for a birthday cake, for children or for grown ups. I know you can go to a range of well known supermarkets and buy (quite cheaply too) a ready made cake, and they don't taste too badly either. But whatever is in those cakes, however cheap they are and however character themed/attractive they are, such cakes will never match the taste of a homemade cake, and trust me when I say people do remember a cake that's been made FOR them, but by next birthday they will have forgotten last years shop bought cake.

So here is a simply easy family recipe for an easy but moist, chocolate rich, delicious cake that would be more than acceptable as a birthday cake, no fancy decoration required really and the only skill you need is to be able to a) make a sponge and b) make some chocolate fudge type topping. You won't even need a food mixer to make this cake, its that simple and as it contains sunflower oil no creaming or major arm breaking beating is required. The sunflower oil helps to make the cake moist and light too.
Stick a few candles on top of that cake and its a complete triumph. Or just have it as a dessert, or as a treat.  The recipe for this cake came from the Baking Mad website, I am a frequent visitor and a member of that site (there is a baking/members forum there and I add some of my own recipes, try some of Baking Mad's recipes and have a look at whats going on, the competitions they have are quite good too...its free to join the site).

And...while its my blogaversary the kindly folk at Baking Mad have given me a range of Silver Spoon cake decorating goodies to give away.

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment below and briefly describe to me the best birthday cake you remember having, as a child or as an adult, and where it was from? This is just ONE opportunity to enter there are other chances too. For a second entry tweet about the giveaway. For a third entry follow @TwitTottee on Twitter, and let me know below you have done so below. For a fourth entry follow A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate and 'like' that page on Facebook and let me know below you have done so below. Its easy peasy if you FOLLOW THE RAFFLE COPTER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

You have 7 days to enter, the deadline is midnight on 8th February 2012 and you must live in the UK to take part. Winners will be chosen by me (its my blogiversary party after all). One lucky person will receive a parcel of goodies from Baking Mad from the Silver Spoon cake making/decorating range, this will include vanilla sachets, chocolate cake topping, jelly drops, fudge pieces, chocolate hearts, white chocolate stars and giant snowies. I'm sure this bundle of goodies will be a very welcome addition to your baking stocks and that along with the Baking Mad website will help to give you lots of cake decorating inspiration.

My thanks to Baking Mad for providing this lovely cake decorating inspired giveaway.

N.B Baking Mad have not given me any recompense or asked me to say nice things about the Baking Mad website or the recipes on there. I made this cake with ingredients I paid for because I wanted to. a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary Susan... I love your blog and it's wonderful to have you around... and isn't it fabulous reaching this milestone... you really are a dedicated foodie!! xxx

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  2. Happy 1st Anniversary and cheers to many more delicious foodie blogs x

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  3. Happy blogaversary ! , my favourite birthday cake recollection is the one for 6th Birthday where I had a shop bought cake of 3 mice in a bed, I thought it was fabulous, the cake came from a local bakery - likely to be Parkinsons in Leyland I think. Wonderful memories of cake !
    Amazing what you have achieved in 1 year

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  4. Very Happy Blogaversary to you Susan. You have a wonderful blog and are one of the nicest bloggers I know. You've done so much in your first year and it's all great. Look forward to many more wonderful bakes and photos from you in the coming year. So pleased you chose a chocolate cake to celebrate ;-)

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  5. Happy Anniversary to you and Snap! Its mine too! Hasn't it been a fab year? I thought I was following you but it appears not, so will make amends now!
    Best Wishes and looking forward to lots of interesting posts over the next year. Jude x

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  6. Happy Blogaversary Susan am not entering the comp, as it would not be fair, as the best birthday cake I've ever had was that lovely one you made for me last June.
    you have done so well with all your cooking,very well done.
    Edna

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  7. Happy Blog Birthday! I still have 5 months to go! You have built a wonderful place here, and I count myself luck to to be your friend!
    Karen

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  8. I haven't even been live for a week yet! Thanks for introducing me to blogging! You're an inspiration x

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  9. Happy blogversary :) here's to many more. My mum is a queen cake maker and has made me one every year (even the year I chose a Strawberry Pavlova!) but my very favourite was the gingerbread house which she decorated in sweets and icing, it looked to good to eat but I did with my friends. I think I was about 9 or 10 #shadymemory

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  10. happy anniversary! my favourite cake memory is going to a friend's party when I was about 6, her cake looked like a farmyard with lots of plastic animals on it. Each child had a piece of string attached to the cake and when you pulled the string, you found what animal you could take home - I had a little grey goat!
    @kathvcomps

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  11. Mine has to be my 21st! it was a really large cake in the shape of a treble clef - top bit was sponge, the rest of it fruit! it was from Chorley Cake Centre, and they did it in peach and white to match my dress (well it was the late 80's complete with shoulder pads!). Remember we were eating it for ages! happy memories!
    Happy BlogBirthday!
    Love Helen x

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday!! It's so exciting isnt it? I LOVE birthdays which of course is not a birthday without a cake (preferably homemade) So it's difficult to choose a favourite as there have been so many. Probably one my mum made when I was younger. It's a chocolate cake from the Australian Women's Weekly and I love it because mum made it specially for me :)

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  13. My most memorable birthday cake as a kid was made by my mum, it was a dome shape and she stuck one of my Barbie dolls through the middle so the cake became her skirt! Genius! Happy BlogBirthday!
    Claire Jackson
    @cjplus4
    cjspalace.wordpress.com

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  14. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! Best cake I had when I was younger: a chocolate, caramel and chocolate-cornflake cake in the shape of a hedgehog! Homemade by my auntie :)

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  15. Congratulations on reaching the first year marker, hope there are many more years to come! Your chocolate cake looks utterly delicious - I have a serious weakness for sprinkles!

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  16. Happy Blogaversary!!
    My best cake was a hedgehog cake my Mum made when I was about 8! Chocolate, made in a pudding basin with matchmaker spines - you know the sort of thing I mean??

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  17. Happy 1st Blogavesary! I would never have guessed in a million years that you'd only been Blogging for a year!! I'm amazed!
    I was really lucky that all my Birthday cakes were made by my parents. Mum would bake the cake, usually a Genoese and my Dad would marzipan & Royal ice them with beautiful hand piping and handmade flowers or a fondant teddy bear. I was the envy of my friends!! My one regret is that I never got around to getting my Dad to teach me how to pipe, but Mum taught me how to bake, so I'm half way there!

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  18. Happy Anniversary _ I love the party photo it looks like great fun - I hope you ran around with party poppers after in true party style. A year goes by so fast! A giveaway too - I think we both know who the main entrants will be! Well done on reaching a year - here is to many more.

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  19. Happy Anniversary.

    My favourite cake was made by my grandma and grandad when i was about 8, it was a football pitch. I remember my grandad colouring the coconut to the exact colour of a pitch

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  20. Happy birthday! It's amazing to think you've done all this in a year! I can't think of any better way to celebrate than with a big slice of that gorgeous looking chocolate cake :-)

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  21. Happy Aniversary!
    I just found your blog and I loved it! Am a happy follower now! Visit me at:
    my-greek-cooking.blogspot.com
    Hope to c u around!

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  22. My mom always makes me a double layer yellow cake with fudge icing- yum!

    I just discovered your blog, and I love it. Happy Birthday!

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  23. Happy Blog Birthday Sue! I had no idea you had only been blogging for a year, you do it so well.


    My Mum is a brilliant baker and as my birthday is in August, from my teens on she made me a fatless (egg) sponge filled with strawberries or raspberries and whipped cream. The sponge was always light and airy and the filling rich with a little acidity from the fruit - just perfect.

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  24. I probably shouldn't admit this but I have always loved the marks and spencer caterpillar cakes.

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  25. Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more happy blogging years! When I was about eight I remember having a hansel & gretel house cake, made out of chocolate. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen :-)

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  26. Happy blogivarsary Susan!

    My most memorable birthday cake was a chocolate hedgehog, it was all choc and had matchmakers for spikes.

    Yummy!!!

    p.s I've just discovered your blog so am now going to grab a cuppa and have a nosey.

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  27. I remember I had a long caterpillar cake (I remember lots of my friends also had this cake!) which I think must have been from Tescos! It was decorated with lots of colourful smarties and it was a chocolate cake! Yum yum x

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  28. My best is yet to come, my 7yr old son has told his grandma they have bake me a special cake for my 40th birthday....cant wait to see what he comes up with, he has autism xxx

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  29. Happy Blogoversary! My favourite cake was a complete suprise made for me by my children and husband - a Strawberry victoria sponge. It is so nice to be treated once in a while!

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  30. My fourth birthday cake has become a family legend. Money was tight and mum had economised on everything to make me a fairytale birthday cake. The pale pink icing and tiny sugar flowers must have taken hours of secret preparation.

    I was heartbroken when the time came to cut it, but I have an even worse memory of one little boy. He was picking off the lovingly crafted decorations and dropping them under his chair. I vividly remember yelling, "Mum, he's wasting my birthday cake!"

    @happyfox

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  31. Happy Blogaversary and thank you for sharing your baking ideas and recipes on your blog :)

    It's hard to choose a favourite cake as my mum spent hours making us special birthday cakes each year (chocolate hedgehog with choc buttons for spikes, a hickory dickory dock clock cake... and one year a cake with the disney castle on top made entirely from icing!) but I think I remember my favourite being a teddy bear's picnic where she made everything by hand including a checkered picnic rug and little sandwiches and cakes from icing. Her love for detail has definitely been passed on to me and I can't wait to make similar cakes for my daughter (due in 4 weeks!).

    Lucie x
    @littlecakemaker

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  32. Happy Blog Birthday!! My favourite birthday cake mmm let me think I was about 8 years old and my eldest sister made me a very impressive chocolate cake that looked like a Hedgehog with chocolate buttons for its spines. I have a photo of me proudly holding it up for all to see, what great memories :)

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  33. THE WINNER OF THIS COMPETITION IS 'NINA' ABOVE.
    CONGRATULATIONS NINA!
    HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PRIZE. XXX

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  34. Here is a link to the winner of this giveaway...how lovely!
    http://chouxchouxbedoo.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-lucky-day.html?showComment=1329426921315#c6052700799080157437

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Susan x