Happy Easter…

Have you eaten enough chocolate yet?  I must admit to not having many family Easter traditions in place here on Planet Penny because as a one parent family when the children were small, they would have Christmas with me and Easter with their other family and an Easter egg Hunt for one is a little boring (and also very fattening!)   But this Easter just happened to coincide with my daughter’s birthday so an excuse for chocolate and champagne!

A request was made  for a very special chocolate cake, as seen on the cover of this month’s Sainsbury’s magazine.

Much agonising from me as I have rather lost my cake baking confidence.  Cake and I cannot safely exist in the same space, one of us has to go, and it’s always the cake.  I’m afraid all the pep talking from my Weight Watchers guru has not brain washed me into portion control and point counting in these circumstances so I find it easier to confine my baking to those occasions when I have several mouths to feed.

It involves a lot of chocolate and cream and eggs and sugar and melting and cooling and more chocolate (and scraping and licking) oh! and raspberries – now they’re  healthy…and in the end there was this…

…which I think worked rather well and was transformed with candles into this…

…and was voted the best chocolate cake ever. 

Higgins had an Easter present too, all the way from Korea and very beautifully packed.

Inside was this…

He wasn’t very grateful.

And went to bed to get over it. He was eventually persuaded to get out of bed when he realised he didn’t have to actually have to go out for a walk  in it…

And even tried a few super hero stunts…

But when Henry the cat (who refused to be Robin) gave him a smack for looking silly he gave up and went back to bed…

It’s a hard life having to be cute all the time…

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I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

8 thoughts on “Happy Easter…

  1. Val Reaves

    Your cake was lovely and looked equally delicious! Tell Higgins that he truly has Hero Potential, I can see it in him!
    Val in Kansas 🙂

  2. Geraldine

    Well , we can’t expect him to fly to the rescue without a little practice , I suppose .
    Perhaps he needs a Batmobile ?
    P.S. Such an impressive cake !!

  3. Jane

    Gosh, Higgins, it could have been MUCH worse….imagine if your hero outfit had been a girly kimono instead!!

  4. Magic Cochin

    That cake look fantastic! Bet it tastes divine (though I don’t go for fruit and chocolate – but that’s just my problem).

    Poor Higgins! He may just get his revenge if you make him wear silly outfits – think of that nice clean neat studio, that has potential 😉

    Happy Easter

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