Friday, 31 December 2010

Rum Cake Balls - Happy New Year

Rum cake balls - Happy New Year!

These are from the left over crumbs after making the wedding and christening cakes. I had always wanted to make these and after scouring the net, came up with my own recipe.

Rum Balls

Left over chocolate cake crumbs
2 tbsp condensed milk
50 gms chopped dark chocolate
2 tbsp double cream
2 tbsp baileys or rum or any liquer that you like
hundreds and thousands
chopped chocolate
sugar balls, etc

1. Microwave the chopped chocolate and double cream for a couple of minutes till the chocolate is melted through. Leave to cool.
2. Mash the cake crumbs with fingers. Add the condensed milk and cooled chocolate. Add in the your choice of liquer and mix well. It will be quite soft at this stage. Set aside and put in fridge for about 1/2 hour to harden.
3. After 1/2 hour take out from fridge and form into balls. Size is completely up to you.
4. After forming into balls, roll into the different sugar toppings.

Result is so moreish, you can't stop at one!

Wishing everyone a blessed and wonderful 2011!

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sorry for this slightly belated greetings.
Could not get internet connection last night and this morning.

I was tired of turkey after having it for a few Christmases so this year, we are having roast beef with yorkshire pudding and veg. No picture of the whole joint of beef as Pat didnt want it to get cold and started carving as soon as I put it on the table, so here's a picture of it plated with vegs.

Yorkshire pudding straight out from the oven

Baked Alaska for dessert

No dinner that night, but decided to have some cake.

This is a fruit cake that I made for ourselves

This is a carrot cake for Katrina, Rob and James

Monday, 20 December 2010

Katrina, Rob and James

This is a very belated post - Katrina and Rob's wedding as well as Baby James's christening!

December 12 dawned bright and sunny. It was a beautiful day. Got up early to set the wedding and Christening cakes at the hotel, got back, dressed and went over to take Katrina to church.

She and Rob orginally only wanted to have James's christening but she thought it would be better for James to have married parents, so they decided to get married at the same time. But she wanted it to be a surprise, so the invites that were sent out were only that of James's christening. So when we arrived the vicar told us that some people approached him asking if there were 2 celebrations there - a christening and a wedding? and he said yes, but they were going to be held together!

Pat and Katrina outside the church

Baby James was so good, he was asleep the whole of wedding mass and even when it was time for him to be baptised, he was still sleeping and when the vicar carried him - I thought " oh no - he is going to shriek when he pours the water over his head!" but bless baby - he had a shock alright, but he opened his eyes and frowned at the vicar - that was it!

Katrina's wedding cake

James's christening cake