Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
In a week or so, the little imps in the family turn another year older. It seemed like only months ago that I’d baked them a Power Rangers’ cake for their combined 3rd and 5th birthdays last year. No big party this year, phew. It was a zoo out there at the last party with dozens of preschoolers on a sugar high. The screaming is still ringing distantly in my ears.
Anyway, I baked these zoo animal macarons as party favours.
The tigers were my favourite. They don’t look fierce at all, so I upped the ‘fierce’ in them with bitter notes of cacao nibs in dark chocolate ganache.
Next in line are the lime buttercream frogs, with their googly eyes and cheeky grins.
Pandas filled with a blend of dark and milk chocolate ganache. I find dark couverture a tad too bitter for children’s palates (you see, I have the palatte of a child, or, in grownup language, a very sweet tooth), so I used 1 part milk chocolate and 2 parts dark. Perfect!
The noses of the bears are chocolate-covered sunflower seeds covered in a crisp candy shell. With Chinese New Year around the corner, these are appearing on supermarket shelves again.
This picture of the yuzu chickens didn’t come out quite right, and no amount of editing would fix it. The colour of these is a bright sunny yellow, not the sad washed-out greyish shade of green here.
To set the record straight, I’m not insinuating the class is a zoo, but having experienced first-hand the decibel range of the twenty-odd highly excitably tots at the last party, I can safely tell the parents, the schoolteachers really deserve every cent you pay them.