I love the picnic’s Mandy arrange for us on the farm, always on short notice as the weather needs to be picture perfect…. always a challenge for me to throw together something “different” to take along…
Last Friday was no different, the invite arrived at 11 in the morning, I baked this lovely quick cake over my lunch hour, went back to work till 16:30, iced the cake and arrived for our picnic at 17:30. Always up for a challenge, and loving every second of it…
We usually have a large sandy “beach”, but due to changing dam levels our “beach” was underwater….
For the quick picnic cake you will need:
335g cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
185g softened butter
220g castor sugar
3 large free-range eggs
3/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper. Sift flour, baking powder, add softened butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk. Mix until smooth and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Turn out and cool.
For the icing you will need:
350g sifted icing sugar
80g white woodenspoon margarine
Ripe cherries or raspberries or…
Whip the sifted icing sugar and softened margarine with the vanilla until light and fluffy. Spread over the cooled cake, cut into 5cm x 5cm blocks and decorate with red ripe cherries or raspberries…
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Quick picnic cake… RECIPE CARD
And when it get’s too dark it is time for drying at the warmth of the fire with a thick slice of soft freshly baked cake…
We first have cake and then what is on offer from the braai…..
These summer evenings at the dam usually turns into a visual feast for my camera… the sun setting over the liquid gold water and the fire’s reflections over the water, and then it is time to pack out the battery operated fairy lights for soft light around the fire..
Creating memories for our children..
The walk back to the car will be dark… wonder what we will forget at the water’s edge…. most likely some shoes, towels ect….
I CANNOT WAIT FOR OUR NEXT FRIDAY PICNIC…