BIG CAKE BAKE, A Very Yummy Way To Make A Difference

October is BIG CAKE BAKE time, and this has got to be the yummiest way to make a huge difference to helping the Red Cross, to continue to do the awesome work they do every day.

Baking is something I love to do, I am always trying new recipies and filling the house with sweet treats, not so good for the waistline, but yummy none the less.

BIG CAKE BAKE is your chance to bake up a storm, so whip out the apron, wooden spoon and bowl and start mixing it with the best. You just have to go to the Red Cross site  www.bigcakebake.org.au and you can set up your own fund raising page, how cool! Get your family and friends in on the fun and why not host a lovely afternoon tea for your group, so they can all enjoy your efforts.

For those of you who are not dab hands around the kitchen, and don’t know where to start, below is the MOST amazing Chocolate Cake recipe, that has graced just about every birthday party table that I have ever had, everyone loves it, easy to make, tastes just like a mud cake, but no blocks of chocolate required, so much kinder in the fat department. This recipe was given to me many years ago by my ‘Aunty’ Audy and has pride of place in my recipe collection………add it to yours and share the joy!

TEXAN MUD CAKE

PART 1

  • 250 gm Butter
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa

Combine ingredients into a small saucepan, when the butter has melted, bring to the boil, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

PART 2

  • 2 Eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Combine these ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

PART 3

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Sieve these ingredients into another bowl.

Add Part 1, into the large bowl that you put Part 2 ingredients in. Add Part 3 and mix with a whisk to combine and help break up any lumps that might form.

Line a 30cm x 20cm pan with cooking spray and baking paper (if you don’t have that size pan, use a round one at least 22cm), I just prefer to make the rectangular shape and cut the cake into fingers instead of slices as it is very rich, but I have made it round before and it works just as well.

Place the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes in an oven that has been pre-heated to 190C, turning a couple of times.

Allow to cool before turning out onto a cake rack. When completely cold, slather with Chocolate Icing or Ganache if you prefer.

This cake actually tastes better when it is a day or two old, so it is a great recipe that you can make in advance and it won’t be dry and yucky when it’s time to enjoy it. Store it in the fridge when you have iced it.

So no excuses, you have got the perfect recipe, now get baking and make a difference from the comfort of your kitchen.

A Multi-Vitamin a day, a win-win for you and a child in need

 I am a big believer in adding supplements to my diet.

For most of us, with everything we have to do each day, it is no easy task to ensure that we get all the vitamins and minerals we need to function at the best possible level. Processed and package foods, take-away and frozen convenience selections, help us to get meals on the table as quickly as possible, but rob us of good nutrition.

In a perfect world, we would head down to the back yard everyday to pick fresh produce for dinner that night, or would venture to the organic farmers market that is just at the end of your street (I wish) to make selections of super yumminess for every meal, but that is not how it works for most.

A trip to the supermarket does not guarantee that the produce we buy is chock full of all the nutrients we need, as so much of it is grown in soils that have been over farmed, that they just don’t contain the goodness they would have had only a generation ago.

Stress, lack of sleep, chemicals in our homes and pollution also have such a draining effect on our bodies.

Fortunately we can aid the fantastic bodies we have been given, by using supplements to top up the essential vitamins and minerals that our diet just does not supply. Everyone should at least invest in a good daily multi-vitamin and take it each day.

Now, how about another massive benefit of taking a multi-vitamin tablet each day, you are not only doing yourself a big favour, but you can also be helping to reduce the mortality rate of a child in need. When you purchase a NATURES OWN multi-vitamin, a donation is made to VITAMIN ANGELS, a non for profit organisation that has helped over 22 million children receive vitamin supplements that can help them have a healthier life. This truly is a win-win situation.

To learn more about how you can make a difference go to www.naturesown.com.au and start taking your daily dose.

 

One step closer to closure for Daniel Morcombe’s family

It must be every parents worst nightmare, your child does not make it home one day. Whilst I was out with my girls last night enjoying a fun night with friends, the boys had the TV on watching a football match and the newsflash that a man had finally been charged with the murder of Daniel Morcombe saw a complete hush fall over our rather rowdy gathering.

Since December 2003, when 13 year old Daniel disappeared, all of Australia followed the story with sadness that his body was never discovered, no progress seemed to be made in finding a killer, and that this might be one of those missing person files that is never solved. A little glimmer of hope burned in my heart that it might turn out to be a teen prank that could have a happy ending. As time passed it was pretty clear that this story was not going to be one of those.

The tireless efforts of Daniel’s parents, to NEVER give up until they had answers has finally paid off. A suspect is now more than that and the Morcombe family is another step closer to finding a little peace that closure can bring. I shed some more tears as the pain they must be feeling tore at my heart strings.

Tonight, as your children are safely at home, sharing dinner and then sleeping cosily in bed, give thanks that they are with you, even if they have pushed your patience to the brink today, and please send love and peace from your heart, to the Morcombe family.

 

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