So I celebrated my Birthday last weekend! And Zadada made the cake!!
I had a gorgeous day surrounded by the people closest to me, my beautiful family which included my brother, sister, SIL’s, MIL, FIL , my best friend/husband and my 3 precious cherubs, the one’s who love you unconditionally warts and all. Needless to say I feel extremely fortunate to have such a supportive group of people in my life. There were 2 other special people I didn’t get to catch up with……..my parents, who I will forgive 🙂 as they are currently off jet setting, having a well deserved holiday in Canada and I can’t wait to hear all about it when they arrive home next week!
My Birthday was Sunday and on the Friday night before my gorgeous almost SIL Aimee messaged me offering to make a cake for my birthday bless her beautiful heart (she makes awesome cakes)! I messaged back saying how lovely it was of her to offer but I had a sneaking suspicion Zadada might have been wanting to get his bake on (seriously if he has the time he loves to get creating in the kitchen).
Once we were in the door from work, school and unpacked all the school bags and lunch boxes, Zadada and I got chatting and the topic of my Birthday cake came up, I told him about the gorgeous Aimee’s offering and he did mention he had been thinking of making me a cake (my instincts were right!). I had also been thinking (I do a lot of that!!!) if he did happen to offer to make my cake that I knew just the project for him to make and it was Blog worthy too, Win, Win!!
On Pinterest a few months ago I saw a version of a Browinie Cake, except I forgot to pin it (no ticks for that one Zamama)!!!! When I went back to have a search the closest I could find to what I had seen was this little treasure here. I had visions of caramel and snickers bars being incorporated to the brownies for my cake, can you think of a better combination!
I love making birthday cakes and I’ve probably made that clear here, here and here. The only thing better than making a birthday cake for someone is watching your husband make a birthday cake for you!! Love your work and you Zadada!!! Who would have thought all those years ago in year 7 Agriculture class when we were having our first ever conversation as classmates, standing in a cabbage patch, talking about our baby sisters, that you would be here now making me my 36th birthday cake with 10 years of marriage, 3kidlets, 1 dog, 1 cat, 25 head of cattle and 3 guinea pigs under our belts. Not me in year 7 that’s for sure!! I just love when you can stop and reflect about the good things in life. The gorgeous Babymac (one of my favourite bloggers) got me reflecting on Wednesday with a great post here!
Another good thing in your life is definitely going to be this ‘Easy Snickers Brownie Cake’, it’s so easy, it’s mouth-wateringly tasty and looks fantastic! I swear your husband will be capable of making it! You may need to guide him through the process a little. I thoroughly enjoyed my part as photographer/director/decorator in this cake creating process! A great way to spend some quality time together, it certainly made my birthday a memorable one.
Now let’s get cracking……..
Beat butter and cocoa until combined.
Beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Stir through flour. Fold through chopped snickers and spoon into prepared pans.
Place dollops of caramel evenly over brownie mixture and swirl through with the tip of a teaspoon.
Bake in a 180C oven for approx 40 mins. Cool in pans. Slice into approx 3cm x 3cm squares. Arrange brownies to form a tower, dust with icing sugar and position flowers evenly over your brownie tower.
Stick some candles in and you’re ready to celebrate!!
- 300g butter
- 1cup cocoa, sifted.
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 2cups self raising flour, sifted
- 430g chopped Snickers Bars (I used 2x 12 Snickers snack size packets)
- 1 tin NESTLÉ Top'n'Fill Caramel (make sure you give the caramel a good stir with a spoon to even out the consistency).
- ¼ cup icing sugar
- 1 bunch of Mini Roses, cut down for arranging (I grabbed a $10 bunch from Woolworths that worked a treat)
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2, 18cm x 28cm lamington apns with baking paper.
- Beat butter and cocoa until combined. Beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla then stir in flour.
- Fold through Snickers.
- Pour and divide mixture evenly into prepared tins.
- Spoon Caramel onto brownie mixture's and swirl through,evenly dividing the caramel across the 2 pans.
- Bake 40 minutes until cooked. Cool then cut into squares approx 3cm x 3cm.
- Arrange some Brownies to form a base on a large cake plate and repeat process by layers a little narrower than the previous one to form a rough little tower.
- Dust tower with icing sugar.
- Position flowers evenly into the gaps of tower.
A big thank you going out to Zadada for coming on board with this post! I love our kitchen adventures!
You are my rock Zadada and I love you more than you know!
Until the next time…….
So I celebrated my Birthday last weekend! And Zadada made the cake!! I had a gorgeous day surrounded by the people close...