Babies, balloons, boxes and berries. Make your next celebration a magic one with this gorgeous Ottolenghi Celebration Cake and a beautiful baby hamper
One of the most lovely things about being pregnant or having a newborn baby is you get totally spoilt with attention and baby gifts. People love showering a mother-to-be and celebrating the upcoming birth of a new baby. Also it is a wonderful excuse to gather family and friends together over a special event to give presents, eat cake and sip champagne.
Just recently we did just that. Held a lunch party to celebrate the impending arrival of a school mum’s baby. We decided to embark on the Ottelingi Celebration Cake under the watchful eye of the mother of a very good friend. This stunning cake had caught my attention when she orchestrated it for another celebratory event. She kindly said she would teach us and I was hoping to nail this masterpiece so it could be my ‘go to’ cake for future special occasions.
With the help of her and my good friend the ‘sous chief’ or maybe I was the sous chef, as we swapped positions depending on the difficulty of the task and whether we were up for the challenge. My kitchen soon turned into a scene from the popular TV show Bake Off!
First there was gathering of all the ingredients, edible flowers, rose petals (did you know they were edible), all the berries needed including blackberries, that are sometimes a rare find. We then got to work making the three layers of chocolate sponge.
There was stress in the kitchen about over-whipped ganache, whether we basted the layers with enough aged brandy, whether the cake was going to crumble before us as we flipped the sponges over to make the tiers, whether we were selecting and positioning the flowers correctly!
We worked up until the last minute when the girls arrived but it all came together perfectly imperfect 'super rustic' as Ottolenghi would say. I was proud of our efforts but in the afterglow of the party my heart was most warmed by the way creating something in the kitchen and the excitement of a new baby had bonded new friendships and brought us all together.
Why don't you give it a go!
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Baby hampers by Little Kisses
(written by the wonderful girls at Baby Berry)
What is the ideal baby gift? Good question. It's always so hard to know! Enter Little Kisses. They will make it incredibly easy for you with their gorgous baby hampers!
Sourcing the very best from around the globe, Little Kisses baby hampers are delivered in a beautiful, monogrammed red box. Each one perfectly put together with all the things new parents need.
The new online store has hampers that combine enchantment, quality and practicality; the finest babywear, toys and accessories and no need to fight for a car park (such a bonus about online shopping!).
Oh and by the by... the Little Kisses baby hampers are so special, they’ve already received the royal seal of approval, with the first iconic red box commissioned as a gift to Prince George and also one for the lovely Princess Charlotte! They heard back from William and Kate. And as you would expect, they said they were delighted the gifts!
So if you purchase one of these, you know you're in great company (or should I say, Royal company!)
And while we're at it... I'll also mention a few other people who also have one of these gorgeous hampers.. Megan Gale, Leigh Sales, Carrie Bickmore, Jamila Rizvi, Leila McKinnon, Mia Freedman, Bec Sparrow...