Mr E spent a lot of the weekend down in the Borders assessing a Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition which left Mini-M and me with lots of time to plan some surprises!
|Nothing says Happy Father's Day like footballs, pirates and liquorice all sorts!|
|The master chef with her creation|
|Showing the camera her sticky icing fingers!|
She is definitely not of the less-is-more school of cake decorating. I mean, there was no question that all of the footballs, and all of the pirates would have to be used. The ultimate sprinkle quotient was low, since I had to intercept before they ended up sprinkled liberally all over the kitchen floor.
|Pointing out a pirate|
After a couple of minutes of conversation - of the 'how was your day' variety, she obviously decided things were not working out quite how she'd hoped, so hopefully piped up "Maybe cake?". Mr E, in full parent mode, suggested that main course would have to be eaten before cake. Next thing Mini-M was off at a run to the kitchen saying "My eating main course" - clearly hoping to clear the pre-cake hurdles as quickly as possible!
And thankfully, after that build up, it was a tasty cake! Truth be told, Mini-M pretty much just wanted to eat pirates and footballs, and was slightly aggrieved that they were rationed (since they are just sugar and food colouring - not a great pre-bedtime combination). Those of us with slightly more discerning tastes, however, thought that the cake was delicious - moist and fruity and tropical. And given that there was half a pineapple and a banana in the mix, arguably healthier than your average cake!
|The proof is in the pudding!|
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/2 a large ripe pineapple
- 1/2 cup rapeseed oil
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
Peel and core the pineapple, and puree the pineapple and banana together. Beat in the eggs and oil, then stir in the sugar. Lastly add the flour and cinnamon. Bake at 180C for about 40 mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean. I'll leave the decoration to your individual taste!