Last weekend, I had less than an hour to pull together a celebration cake for my Dad who was marking a milestone birthday. He’d been in town for a few weeks, and as we were preparing to go out for dinner I realized I didn’t have a cake on hand to serve with coffee when we came back to my house with my sister and her family later in the evening.
However, I did have a carton of cold cream in the fridge, as well as a basket of fresh berries from the market I’d visited early that morning. I also had a jumbo box of brownie mix (this is my favourite) that I keep tucked in my pantry for emergency baking situations, and within a few minutes I’d unearthed the items needed to make a birthday cake everyone would be talking about for days to come.
The assembly couldn’t have been simpler: I baked two 8-inch round brownies (each was made from one package of brownie mix) and stacked them with whipped cream and fresh sliced berries sandwiched between to create a two layer cake that was simple and seasonal. The top of the cake was smothered in more whipped cream, extra berries and plenty of colourful candles. I’m tucking this idea into my back pocket for the rest of the summer and you can bet it will be my go to goodie for any entertaining I have penciled on the calendar for August.