Birthday Baking...

Hey Everyone...

How are you all? How is your Monday morning? I found it REALLY hard to get out of bed today, despite the beautiful blue sky! I think a week of birthday celebrations has really taken it's toll! Not that I am complaining!

I have lots to show you over the next few days, including more birthday presents, my party, and a very special outing on my actual birthday! But I thought I would start simple with the cakes and goodies I baked for my birthday this year!

As you all probably know, I LOVE baking, and so my birthday is a perfect excuse to bake lots, and not end up eating them all myself.

It also gave me a chance to try some new recipes! The first thing I made was some Banofee Whoopie Pies from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book! I love Banofee and whoopie pies so this was a perfect recipe! I took them in for my new work colleagues to try...

The only downside to these was that because the mixture was very loose, they kind of expanded and became very large and flat. But they tasted lovely! I also treated my colleagues to some cupcakes.

These raspberry trifle cupcakes were also from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book...

They were filled with fresh raspberries, raspberry jam and some of the custard topping. I got to use the fantastic 'cupcake corer' gadget that the lovely Sophie sent me as part of my swap package! It was the first time I had ever made custard and it came out really well, only a tiny bit lumpy! Unfortunately I messed up and forgot to put these in the fridge and so after a day or so the raspberries on top had gone mouldy! My use of fresh fruit is limited and I should have realised, so half of them ended up thrown away!

Then on Friday night I started my baking marathon for my birthday party on Saturday. I used another Hummingbird Bakery recipe to make these Banoffee cupcakes! They really were a mixture of the previous two recipes as the cupcakes used the same batter as the whoopie pies and the topping was the same custard from the trifle cupcakes, just with caramel added. These tasted lovely...

But the piece de resistance was a recipe that I changed to make it 'kid party' friendly. I whipped up four victoria sponge cake layers, added lots of food colouring and some yummy cream cheese icing from the original Hummingbird Bakery book to make this....

A RAINBOW LAYER CAKE! Now from the outside it looked like, brown, yellow, yellow, green... But once you cut into it, you got the full effect...

Everyone was really impressed, which made me feel great! It means a lot to me that I can bake nice things for my friends! And it tasted lovely which was the main thing! It's all gone!

So there we have it - a very busy week of baking, not to mention much much more which I will blog about over the next few days! Seriously I'll be sick of my birthday soon (ha fat chance!)

 Have a lovely Monday!

Love Jewel xXx


  1. It all looks so yummy, Juli!! The rainbow cake is just a cutie!
    Glad you had lots of celebrations on your birthday.

  2. The cake looks amazing.

  3. oooh i could do with thosee yummies right now!! still have sniffles and coughs but other than that, i'm feeling okay, thanks for asking! I would loveee to try to make the banofee whoopie pies, they look delicious, Julie! sorry to hear that you had to throw some of the cupcakes but I love the rainbow cake, they're sooo pretty and colorful! sounds like you've been busy baking but they all look lovely and yummy! look forward to your next birthday post!

    xx susan

  4. This is fab Julie! Well done on the cake! I got some marshmallow fluff the other day, specifically to try the whoopies in that book!Im going to make rainbow cupcakes for St Patricks Day! xxxx

  5. Mmm lots of lovely baking yumminess!
    Your rainbow cake looks fab.

  6. Oh so yum! I looove your rainbow cake - really want to have go and after seeing yours I will have to, looks so effective! Can't wait to read your next birthday post x

  7. Oh my goodness Juli you've got me drooling!

    They all look amazing!

    A belated Happy Birthday to you - sounds like you've had a great time preparing for and enjoying all the celebrations!

    Gill xx

  8. Wow, you have been busy in the kitchen. Everything looks so yummy! The banoffee cupcakes look delicious. I love the rainbow cake, very pretty inside (how fun!)..

  9. Happy belated Brthday Juli, seems like you had a lovely but busy, busy time! All that glorious baking, the rainbow cake looks fab but my fave so far has to be the trifle cupcakes, they look gorgeous and I have a real weekeness for trifle!
    Looking forward to seing the rest of the birthday week celebrations,
    Have a happy rest of the week,
    Andrea x

  10. That rainbow cake was the most amazing thing I have ever seen!!! :) xx


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