“This wasn’t your best work mum!”

Like most home cooks, I’ve had my share of failures in the kitchen over the years and, whilst it is disappointing when a recipe doesn’t turn out like I hope, to me it’s just part of learning.

A few months ago, I found a recipe in a food magazine that I had been looking for a reason to bake because it looked so amazing and when Bree asked if I could bake a cake for Pedro’s 2nd birthday, I decided to give this recipe a go. But …

the cake was a 3 layer chocolate cake with a panna cotta filling and a meringue topping covered in chocolate ganache, which meant it needed a whole lot of ingredients and a whole lot of time to make – 2 days to be exact!

As I hoped, the cake looked amazing and Pedro was so excited when he saw Thomas the Tank and Percy on the top of the cake but, sadly, it didn’t taste as good as I thought it would. Unfortunately, the three layers of cake were not as moist as I hoped, so I wasn’t surprised when I asked my son Michael what he thought of my cake, that he replied “it wasn’t your best work mum”. Of course, my husband agreed!

The lesson I learned from this cake is to go with my instinct and adjust the baking time of a recipe if it doesn’t seem right.

Happy Birthday Pedro!