Well just had my three year olds Ninjago party.  I must say before I had kids I was planning on avoiding branded toys, but how can you when they are every where. Like anything it is all in moderation.  It is a bit like I see Munch, we are about healthy eating but we can still have the little treats in moderation.  Anyhow what would a kids party be if there were not lollies and cakes.  I could image if you were really stricked on this, by the time your kids were out of your control they would rebel and overdose on lollies etc.Anyhow back to the branded toy rave….  I must say boy branded toys like Ninjago do have some great messages ie work as a team, stand up for each other etc.  Although there is still lots of fighting but little boys like the fighting when they can be a hero.  I suppose these days there is nothing wrong with little boys wanting to save people and be heroes   I reckon overall boy branded toys are better than some of the girl ones like barbie and brats dolls…for them it is all about looks, shopping and looking tarty!   What do you think?

Anyhow back to the party…yes kinda pleased with the cake I made, on both the taste front (I have graduated from the supermarket sponge cake to making my own) and the decoration front (last year it was a bob the builder cake and bobs hat made him look like he had a brain tumor).  I love royal icing it makes me feel like a professional cake decorator!  I reckon this was the best chocolate cake I have ever made (amazing since I am living on little sleep with my 6 week old).  So I thought I would share the recipe.  The two secret ingredients or not so secret are sour cream and Whitaker’s chocolate.

Ninjago cake and branded toys
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  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 35g cocoa powder
  • 410 ml boiling water
  • 250g butter
  • 220g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 180g sour cream
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat oven at 140c
  2. Stir chocolate, cocoa and the water in saucepan over low heat until smooth
  3. Transfer mixture to large bowl, cool for 15 minutes
  4. Add butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, dry ingredients to chocolate mixture
  5. Beat on low speed then med for 3 minutes or until smooth and paler colour.
  6. Spread mixture in tin and bake for 1¼ hours.
Having reread this post, it really shows that my brain is a true baby brain due to the randomness of my writing, so please do bear with me I will improve as I get more sleep and return from a milk lady to a lady (if I was even one in the first place!)


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