The joy of Birthday Cakes


I only have two children, lots of nieces and nephews, but only two of my own.  So there’s only a requirement for 3 extra special birthday cakes a year.  Believe it or not there’s a lot of pressure.  And actually multiple cakes, as there’s the cake on the day, then “the” cake on the day of the family party, and sometimes there’s a third cake, depending on what other celebrations are in order.

We have a real thing for lemon curd in our house, and meringue, and sponge.  So together they made the “day” cake yesterday.

Meringue ready for the oven
Meringue ready for the oven

Its not the fanciest looking cake, but the flavours work really well.

Second the lemon curd
Second the lemon curd

The addition of cream makes it luscious.

Lemon Meringue Cake
Lemon Meringue Cake

And it was certainly polished off quickly, in the garden with afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea in the garden
Afternoon tea in the garden

Of course, its always nice to have a candle to blow out, and we went out for pizza in one of her favourite restaurants- Emiliano’s in Waterford, and where the addition of the candle to her crunchy cheesecake, made for one very happy newly minted teenager.

Birthday dessert in Emiliano's, Waterford
Birthday dessert in Emiliano’s, Waterford
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