Friday, January 13, 2012

Ancient history

While I was writing my ABC of travel yesterday, I decided that I'd search through our photo albums to see if I could find a picture of the view from the penthouse we stayed at in Zurich.

You're shit out of luck there - all I could find was pictures of my brother and I dressed in our best clothes, eating room service with Dad pretending to be a waiter. But in searching for said non-existent photos, I found this:

That's Mini-Me (and bonus Mini-C looking VERY serious) decorating the very first cake I ever made. I was six, and it was for my mum's birthday. We were living in Toronto, and the cake came in a rather disturbing form.

It was a packet mix cake. That's fine, I have no problem with that. If it means a small child doesn't have to break eggs and drop bits of shell into the cake, all the better. But it was one of those packet mix cakes where all you do is add water and stir. Not only that, but you ripped the front off the box, and it became A CAKE TIN. Which you then served the cake in...

You decorated it with premade icing out of a sachet. And - if you're Mini-Me - silver cachous/dragees/edible ball bearings (as the Tenth Doctor refers to them), hundreds and thousands, and candles that have been jammed into the most ridiculously tall marshmallows ever.

And that, my little blogateers, is how I fell in love with baking. A packet mix cake that you baked in the box. Now let's all be eternally grateful that my abilities have improved in the past 23 years!!

K xx


  1. That photo is too cute! I've never come across a cake mix packet which became a cake tin too, pretty awesome! The first cake I made was a boiled chocolate cake. I wasn't allowed to use the oven when my mum or dad weren't home so I put it in the microwave!!! It was for my mum and dad's wedding anniversary :)

    1. From memory, my dad did the putting in and taking out of the oven parts. How did your cake turn out in the microwave??

  2. A cake mix box that becomes the cake tin? That's...BRILLIANT!!!

    My daughter got an Easy Bake Oven for her 7th birthday. For a product called an Easy Bake Oven, designed to be used by young children, it was surprisingly difficult to work out how to use it without reading the Instructions. (Come on! I'm a guy! :P)

    We finally got everything set up and used two of the packets to bake two cookies, which took about 30 minutes. 30 minutes!!! To bake TWO cookies!!!

    So I taught her how to use the microwave to cook/bake the cookies ;)

    1. Yeah, that's legitimately insane. It'd take less time than that to make an entire BATCH of cookies in a regular oven! How did the cookies turn out in the microwave?

      Also, when I was about eight, I once asked my dad to help me make apple muffins when my mum was out. For a guy with a science degree, he was remarkably clueless about the fact that baking SODA and baking POWDER are different. The muffins tasted very...fizzy...

  3. Ever since seeing Doctor Who, "edible ball bearings" is all I can think of when I see them. And that is what I've also called them ever since, and it's true; that's what they are.

    1. And this is why we're friends. Also, people are far more likely to know what you're talking about if you say "edible ball bearings" than if you say "silver cachous" or "silver dragees"!


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