Eat cake, sip champagne, and be merry!
Come and join the revelry, as I crank up the volume to "Happy Birthday" by America's very own soul/pop/R&B/funk/jazz sensation - the one and only Stevie Wonder! One, two, three - now altogether, “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday” – Oh, what a classic!
“So, what’s all the fuss about?” I hear you squawk? Well, obviously it's Miss Windsor's birthday today and to mark such a joyous occasion, one has recreated an age-old recipe from one's trusty, 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management – with a bit of a Miss Windsor twist, of course!
Darlings, now, believe it or not, Miss Windsor’s Celebration Cake started life as plain old Christmas cake - well, I never! Yet, to one's utter dismay, the original recipe appeared to lack one or two essential Christmassy ingredients such as ALCOHOL – How shocking!
In fact, my oh so generous Mrs Beeton provided three rather bland recipes to choose from - none of which recommended any form of liquor at all. And so, I opted to recreate the slightly more interesting version that requires only two eggs and a "teacupful" of cream – Oh, how exciting!
Now eager to cast my delectable spin on such recipe, I decided to explore my jolly old pantry - Oh, I say! and so discovered a Tupperware vessel full to the brim of chopped mixed fruit - How fabulous!
So, darlings, as I gingerly peeled off the lid, my nasal passages were greeted by the delightful aroma of ye-olde dark Lambs Navy Rum. Well, thank goodness for savviness, as one had clearly stowed away for a rainy day, the remainder of last year’s Christmas pudding ingredients – I say, isn't Miss Windsor quite the culinary marvel!
Darlings, following a further rummage around my wondrous pantry I endeavoured to "jazz up" the mixture just a tad more. Therefore, I added a few dollops of cinnamon and mixed spice, zest of a lemon and orange, followed by a generous handful of chopped almonds – Oh, plus a few glugs of rum!
I must say, due to the added extras, and my impeccable culinary skills (of course!) I successfully transformed this so-called festive number; into a terribly versatile corker of a celebration cake!
Rich, rummy, spicy, velvety moist, and almost russet brown in colour. You’ll find this delightfully toothsome baked goodie an excellent choice for any occasion of the celebratory kind – Christmas, weddings, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries – to name, but a few!
Or to be thoroughly enjoyed as part of an afternoon pageantry, accompanied by a steaming hot cup of Miles West-Country Original Blend Tea - to be prepared using a Brown Betty teapot, of course!
Oh, and Miss Windsor’s Celebration Cake is best served "naked", “Naughty naughty, Miss Windsor!” I hear you shriek with a touch of excitement! Now calm down darlings, I mean to be presented without any form of edible attire, however, I must say it does scrub up rather well just sporting a natural layer of marzipan, followed by a silky sheet of royal icing!
Enjoy with oodles of gusto!
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISS WINDSOR
Miss Windsor's Celebration Cake
Preparation time: 40 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins.
Serves: 8-10 delightful guests!
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