Today my niece Lowenna is 9 years old. I remember the day she was born because after her Mum and Dad, I was the first family member to see her and hold her. 9 years on, Lolo likes making things and doing crafts. So, it is handy that my friend Louise stocks quality craft kits for children in her shop Painters Craft Box (http://www.craft-box.com/ ) for when it comes to buying birthday presents.
Spikey was pleased that it was Lolo’s birthday as it meant he would get to see her and her two brothers as well as their dog Indy. Spikey adores children and likes to join in with all their games: in fact I believe he thinks he is a child. In the event he didn’t get to see her because after her birthday trip to the cinema she got invited to a sleepover at the house of one of her friends.
No birthday is complete without a Birthday Cake – so for birthday tea I made a chocolate cake adapted from the recipe in Leah Leneman’s 365 plus one Vegan Recipes book.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
6tsp cocoa powder
9oz spelt flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
120ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tsp cider vinegar
300ml cold water
1. Mix thoroughly the sugar, cocoa, flour and bicarb in a mixing bowl
2. Add the oil, vanilla essence and vinegar and pour cold water over the mixture
3. Combine well with a fork but do not beat
4. Pour into two greased sandwich tins and bake in a moderate oven at 180oC for 45 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.
I sandwiched the cake with vegan chocolate fudge icing from the Parsley Soup webpagehttp://www.parsleysoup.co.uk/getrecipe.php?section=cakes&recipe=choc_fudge_icing