I do find it interesting to watch the girls’ palettes evolve as the years pass by.
Miss J used to love bananas and blueberries – but now finds both quite offensive. Her current food preference includes savoury crunchy foods, such as celery, carrots and cucumber, and although she loves chocolate (only plain chocolate) she wouldn’t dream of trying lollies or sweets or juice.
Miss M, on the other hand, has a clear predilection to sweet foods. So much so that I have no doubt she would eat sugary foods all day long if I’d let her. Thankfully she also loves vegetables and yoghurt. Lots of yoghurt.
Then there is Miss C – who is far more adventurous than her little sisters when it comes to food. She enjoys a variety of both savoury and sweet foods, with prawn dumplings, avocado, mango and pineapple pizza featuring at the top of her favourite foods list at the moment.
And, as I found out during a recent trip to the cinema, chocolate mint is her first pick when it comes to ice-cream flavours.
So when I asked her what sort of cake we should make for her Aunty’s birthday a little while ago, I was in no way surprised when “choc mint” was her resounding response.
Being a little short on time, we decided to do a cake hack – thanks to some store-bought mudcakes from Woolies. We did, however, make our own mint-laced buttercream along with a dark chocolate “drip”.
True to form, Miss J and Miss M kept sneaking pieces of the chocolate I had set aside to create the drip, while Miss C was only too happy to lick the bowl after we whipped up the batch of vibrant minty buttercream.
When it was time to decorate – it was all hands on deck – with various mint treats being pushed and placed into position atop the cake. We used aero bars, mint choc balls, malteasers and mint slice, with extra buttercream piped on top and a sprinkle of peppermint crisp.
And while the finished product was not entirely “perfect”, we soon had before us an impressive birthday cake in all its minty glory! A little over the top in appearance – but relatively simple from a flavour perspective.
Not to mention being actually quite easy to pull together. Assuming that the kids don’t steal all the chocolate decorations during the construction process, that is!