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World Baking Day

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie | Posted on 17-05-2015

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Today is World Baking Day… and also my birthday. So what better way to mark these two events than with cake. Lots and lots of cake. My plans for today generally involve eating cake, and the following sounds just up my street. The “World’s Happiest Cake” features ingredients to lift your mood such as coconut, lime and mango. To me it sounds rather tropical and reminds me of my honeymoon in Maui. Definitely a mood booster. In fact just looking at it makes me smile.

Whilst I go and find someone to bake this for me, and adorn it with a few candles… *ahem*… why don’t you take a look at the recipe.


Servings: 16

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

225g Stork block
325g caster sugar
4 eggs, medium
250g self-raising flour
100g plain flour
Zest of 2 limes
50g dried mango, finely chopped
50g flaked almonds
50g desiccated coconut

Juice of 2 limes
60g caster sugar

55g (2 oz) Stork tub
175g icing sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk
100g mango puree (fresh or tinned)

100g icing sugar, sieved
25g each of shredded or desiccated coconut and dried mango
15g each sunflower and pumpkin seeds
15g flaked almonds, toasted

1.    To make cake, place Stork block and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time and fold in remaining ingredients

2.    Place the mixture in a greased and bottom lined 23cm deep cake tin

3.    Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated moderate oven 170° C, 160° C fan oven, Gas mark 4 for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean

4.    Turn out and cool on a wire tray

5.    For the syrup place sugar and lime juice in a pan over moderate heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and then pour over warm cake

6.    Filling: place Stork tub, sugar and milk together in a bowl and beat together until smooth. Split cake into 3 and sandwich together with icing and mango puree

7.    To finish the cake, make a glace icing by adding either lime juice or water to the icing sugar until a thick pouring consistency and spread over the cake. Top with a mix of seeds, mango, coconut and almonds

8.   Adorn with candles and serve to Sussex Mummy… well I can hope can’t I?

Happy World Baking Day!

Product Review: Magnetic Rocket by Janod from Born Gifted

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 28-09-2012

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Born Gifted is one of the market leaders in online sales of toys and gifts for children, and their website is one of the easiest to navigate I have come across, and believe me, I’ve been on more than a few! Searching for that perfect gift is easy. You can either dive straight in and just look at everything, or you can search by the occasion you are buying for, a certain brand, or just take a look at their new additions. There is also a handy Gift Selector on the home page which suggests items based on who its for and what your budget is.

I was contacted by the lovely Jim at Born Gifted who offered me the chance to review something from their site. Little Man’s second birthday is fast approaching so it seemed the ideal opportunity to add to his already alarmingly large pile of presents, though in the end he got it pretty soon after in arrived! I was immediately drawn to the “Second Birthday Gifts” department – where better to look for something special for him – and this is what I picked out:

This bright rocket is from Janod, who I’ve featured on here before when I reviewed their toolbox. I am a big fan of Janod products as they are all beautifully made and so long lasting. What might look like an ordinary rocket to you is so much more exciting. This rocket separates into chunky pieces which are held together with magnets – these magnets are fitted deep into the wood so there is no danger of them falling out – meaning this is also a jigsaw. The propeller spins around with a gentle tap as well.

When I put this down in front of Little Man his eyes immediately lit up. He thought it was a great rocket and was picking it up and waving it around, spinning to propeller and trying to prod the astronaut inside. When I took it apart for him and showed him it was several separate pieces he seemed even more thrilled. He loves putting it back together and taking it apart, and seems genuinely pleased with himself when the pieces snap back into place.

The Magnetic Rocket By Janod is ideal for little boys and is suitable for children from 18 months plus. On the Born Gifted website you’ll find other magnetic toys by Janod as well as endless gift ideas for newborns and slightly older children. With Christmas fast approaching, Born Gifted would be a great place to start your shopping!