He had requested Lego, Lego and some more Lego. And a scooter. He received some Lego, a scooter but the best present of them all was a wee cheapy accordian I found in K-Mart! In about 10 mins, while rushing to get ready for school, Archie had worked out how to play Happy Birthday on it, all the others had a turn and then it had to go to pre-school so that Robert could "give a concert"! Grandpa used to play and still has one, so we're hoping that by the magic of Skype, he might be able to show Robert how it's done at the weekend!
I spent the day stressing over how to make a decent-looking Angry Birds birthday cake. I had googled ( these were my inspiration here and here amongst many other imaginative and clever people) and didn't think that it was possible for me to make a cake that would come up to the high standards of the Angry Bird makers in the house. In the end what took the most time was getting the icing the right colours and trying to get as many of the tiny details as close as possible.
I used my usual vanilla cake recipe, chocolate ganache to give a smooth surface, froze over night, then used chocolate fondant icing to cover the sides and look like mud, and green fondant slung, casually, over the top. Maybe a little too casually as it happened...
I had stocked up on TimTams (a bit like Penguins) and other chocolate wafer biscuits to set the scene and then I had to create the birds themselves and the all important thieving pigs! I was particularly pleased with the 3 tiny bluebirds and the pigs. I hope they look relatively self-explanatory, basically roll balls of the right colours and stick bits on.
Time to put it all together...
I managed to finish it just as they all came home from school, in time for afternoon tea!
Trying to get the sparkler lit.. it was quite breezy!
But obviously, while sparklers are cool, one must have candles to blow out!
Happy 4th Birthday Little Man! xxxx