With April fast disappearing, Mother's Day will soon be here for those of us who celebrate this day on the second Sunday of May! That will be the 12th May for 2013.
There is nothing that says "I love you....thanks for all you do for me" quite like a home made bit of baking. So start choosing the cake you want to make for your Mum or Mom.
It depends whether you plan to eat it on Mother's Day or whether you are giving it as a gift in a pretty cake tin or container, which recipe will be the most suitable. A fruitcake will be best for keeping if Mom just likes to cut a piece off each day to have with her tea or coffee. This does not need to be the very rich Christmas cake fruitcake. A sultana cake or the delicious Favourite Fruit Cake last really well. The Favourite Fruit Cake is also excellent for Mom's who have allergies to eggs.
If Mum loves chocolate cake I recommend the Chocolate Custard Cake. This is such a moist, yummy treat and a bit of a surprise with the cream cheese filling. It doesn't need icing, but you could make it really special by using a stencil and scattering a fine sprinkling of icing sugar. Or why not make it really decadent with a chocolate cream cheese icing!
Carrot Cake with a cream cheese icing is always a winner too. Decorate the top with a mix of chopped dried apricots,dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, a few chopped walnuts and/or sliced toasted almonds and Mum will be thrilled.
You may want to have a trial run if you are not confident with recipes you haven't tried first. So give it a go this weekend!
Brought up baking from a young age I love to make delicious cakes to share with family and friends. Much like my mother, I can be one of those cooks who measure by "eye" rather than with a measure, and invariably add in or take out ingredients depending on what is in my cupboard. However, I do also appreciate the need to follow a recipe exactly for best results, as the "pour it in" method is really for those who have done a lot of baking over many years. I use this method for new recipes. So come share my recipes and learn some baking skills if you are not confident.