It's my birthday today and one of my wishes - for a cool change - has come true (here in Sydney anyway). I can't stop thinking about the bushfire victims, but I am having a lovely day regardless.
We ran out of time on the weekend, so I baked my birthday cake (with the help of my oh-so-helpful assistant) this morning. I made the basic chocolate cake from the Apples For Jam cookbook and halfway through making it, I discovered - horror! - you needed to beat eggwhites.
Me and eggwhites don't get along. I can never get them to stiffen. So I sighed and whisked, whisked and sighed. The eggwhites weren't stiff but I chucked (oops, I mean folded) them in anyway.
Amazingly, the birthday gods appear to have shined on me. The cake is LOVELY!