|A basket of fruits for Sofia's birthday|
Last September, a young Filipino family arrived and occupied the house (approximately) 70 meters south of my accommodation. Yes, I finally have a neighbour in the chook farm compound.
Edwin- the head of the family, has been helping me with the poultry farm operation since then. His wife Zuzette, coincidentally, was born and grew up in a town 36 kilometers southwest of my hometown. The couple has two daughters named Sofia and Ezra.
Ezra is 4 years old, and Sophia turned 8 yesterday. The family invited some friends to dine with them, and because it's a local tradition to bring a plate, I decided to make a cake for Sophia. I heard from Edwin that Zuzette loves chocolate cake so I baked one... but frosting and designing it for an eight-year old girl was simply a mountain to climb.
I love to personalize my creations but this time I couldn't think of a cake that would fit the birthday girl. Sofia loves telling a lot of detailed stories, she has a torrent of words! Though she speaks and understands Filipino, she expresses her thoughts and feelings in English. Her name reminds me of my Philosophy subject back in the uni- exactly the time when our professor said, "...Philos means love, and sophia means wisdom."
To make the story short, I ended up with a basketweave design.
|The chocolate basket cake, left lateral view.|
I am glad Sofia loved it, she and her parents were very happy and grateful! The guests had literally dropped their jaw upon seeing it, and I am thankful they all said, "Hmmm... beautiful!"- the Australian way of saying delicious.
|Sofia realized she forgot to make a wish before blowing the candle.|
|After cutting the cake... (Photo taken using my mobile phone.)|
I was happy with the outcome of this masterpiece, my plans were executed well and the cake turned out as what I had actually imagined. To prove that the basket was really a cake, I made sure to take a photo after it was cut (Since I arrived in Australia, I have learned to use the word 'cut' in place of the preferred Filipino term- slice).
|A slice of the basket cake.|
Unlike the photo above, weaving the creamy chocolate frosting was NOT a piece of cake; but it was fun! I didn't post it last October, but I also made a chocolate doll cake for Ezra's birthday! Somebody up there tells us to love our neighbour, I hope my gestures count.