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Paging Delia

In which we wonder what to bake


Ages and ages ago, I suggested starting a new running series of posts: Poll Questions I’m Going To Regret. And then, of course, didn’t do anything with the idea. But, as I want your help, it’s time to resurrect it.

My birthday’s coming up in a few weeks, and I have to decide what I’m going to do. On two separate topics: what to do to celebrate it, and what sort of cake to take in to work.

Firstly: I’d like to do something, but I don’t have many friends that live nearby, and I have the awful feeling that if I invited everyone from the office out for a drink, about two people would come out for a quick half if I was lucky. So, today’s Poll Question I’m Going To Regret is: what should I do to celebrate my birthday, and who should I do it with?

Secondly, there’s an office tradition of bringing in cake to celebrate your birthday. Last year I baked a very very rich chocolate cake, but I don’t want to do the same recipe again.* So, today’s Poll Question I Definitely Hope I Won’t Regret is: what should I bake (if anything) this year? Leave your advice and recipes in the comments box.

* partly because it was so rich, it never got finished.

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3 comments on “Paging Delia”

  1. birchscrub says:

    bake them a miserable cake for not going out for a drink with you. Or a large hash cake?

  2. Ian says:

    How about brownies? Or, skip baking altogether and make flake mushrooms! (recipe: marzipan, 99-sized flakes, cooking chocolate, cornflakes. Melt chocolate and coat cornflakes. Use a cutter to make cupcake case-sized bits of marzipan, then put them in a cupcake baking tray. In each case, spoon in the chocolate cornflake mixture, make a hole in the middle, and stick a Flake in the centre. Leave for the chocolate to set, then remove them from the tray and arrange tastefully! :))

    As for birthday celebrations: perhaps arrange a trip to a place where there will be lots of friends present? Even if it’s not on your birthday proper, it’ll be something to look forward to…(note: this approach has failed completely for me in the past, but it *seems* to make sense)

  3. Archel says:

    Arrange a work drink on or near your actual birthday (isn’t it a Saturday?) but don’t make it too much of a big deal. Separately, arrange a trip to somewhere where there are some friends, or even one friend, and do something you love.

    There’s a really nice cherry cake (I think it’s a Nigella) which, failing chocolate, is the most partyish, birthdayish looking and tasting thing I know. Or tiny cupcakes with a candle in each one (the same number as your age). Fun and good for sharing.

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