Spanish Birthday Cake

DSC_0426On my Birthday “Week” I had a few of my friends (and old neighbors) come over for tea. Sonia (who is famous for her cakes) surprised me with a special cake in my favorite color! Not only was it beautifully perfect to look at but I loved it and so did the kids!!! I think it would be a good cake for brunch- especially if you skip the frosting and served it with fruit? Or just sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar before baking- which is the traditional method,  but it really tasted better with aquamarine icing and sprinkles!

sonia and grandmother

Sonia explained that this cake recipe was passed down from her Grandmother who grew up in the Valnecia region of Spain. She said they did not have ovens in their homes so they could mix up a cake and bring it to the neighborhood bakery and pay a little money to have them bake it. Perhaps I wouldn’t be baking so many sweets if I had to take it somewhere to bake? Maybe thats why dessert used to be for a special occasion? With all my New Years fitness goals I am cutting way back on the treats but this cake is on my splurge list- in my defense, it has less than a 1/2 cup of sugar. I think the subtle cinnamon and orange flavors make it feel like perfect comfort food for the winter weather.

Sonia’s Spanish Birthday Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g sugar
  • 50 veg oil
  • 50ml orange juice
  • 125 ml Milk
  • 200 gr flour
  • 1/5 package of baking powder
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. cinammon

1. mix sugar and eggs

2. add other liquids

3. add powders and zest

4. pour into a greased 9inch cake pan

5. bake 10 min @ 200 C and 25 @175 C


Turning 40- part II

Part II-

  • Spartacus came home early.
  • We went to the nearest restaurant to our house- Carabas- it was surprisingly delicious.
  • Boo gave me a homemade birthday card he had artistically rendered- complete with a personalized song. It made me cry.
  • Coco did not throw any tantrums during dinner.
  • We left the kids with a babysitter- I did not have to struggle through a bed time routine.
  • Spartacus decided to get a massage too.
  • We were so relaxed that we decided to hit the movies rather than a brisk walk on the beach.
  • This Is 40 isn’t showing until Dec. 21.
  • We saw 007 Skyfall- we traded birthday “picks” and Spartacus got to pick.
  • It was so wonderful we are repeating the plan for his birthday on the 21st of December- only I get to pick the movie- This Is 40.
  • Spartacus must have felt a little guilty, he promised a second birthday when we go on a tropical vacation in a few months- and he doesn’t ever read my blog- or my mind (most of the time).
  • I have soooo much to be thankful for and am truly spoiled!