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Sunday, 22 May 2016

BIRTHDAY on the FARM . . . and Sesame Seed Cake

The birthday girl wanted to have her birthday party on the farm so that Granny and Doug could be at it.    

Daddy, Auntie Diana, and I helped her with decorations, including a fir tree on Granny’s lawn.

We played:
          Ring Around-a-Rosy
          3-Legged Race
          Wheelbarrow Race
          Here We Go Looby-Loo
          The Farmer in the Dell
          Bag Race
          Piggy Back Race
          Simon (Kathleen) Says



            From THE SPICE COOKBOOK by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup sesame seeds (sautéed in 1 ½ tablespoons butter):  divided
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup soft butter
2 large eggs
1 cup milk

*Melt 1 ½ tbsp. butter in a skillet.  Add ½ cup sesame seeds.  Stir over moderate heat until golden.
*Grease well and flour a 9 inch square cake pan.
*Start oven preheating to 350.
*Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together.
* Add ¼ cup of the sautéed sesame seeds and set aside.
*Blend sugar and vanillas with ½ cup butter.
* Beat in eggs, one at a time.
* Add flour mixture alternately with milk.
* Beat batter ½ minute.
* Turn into cake pans.
* Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
* Cool in pan 5 minutes.
* Turn onto wire rack to finish cooling.
* Spread top and sides with Sesame Seed Frosting and sprinkle with an additional tablespoon of sautéed sesame seed.

2 tbsp butter
1 1/3 cups icing sugar
about 2 tsp milk
½ tsp vanilla
3 tbsp sautéed sesame seeds

*Heat butter until golden.
*Remove from heat and stir in sugar and enough milk to make frosting the right consistency.
*Add vanilla and sesame seed.

The birthday girl loves this cake !  When I make it again, sometime, I will include a picture.  (It's not the one in the pictures above.)


Poppyseed & Marzipan Babka:  another delicious birthday cake!