As promised - here are the secrets behind the cake mum made me:
You guys remember this don't you - Number 1 YUMMERS!!! Yup - that is my nose and woozle you can see!
500g each of Beef mince and Pork mince. Plonk into a bowl.
Two large carrots and one medium size zucchini......grate both finely
Small bunch fresh thyme (parsley would be good too) chopped, one egg, and a cup of breadcrumbs. Add into bowl.
Mix like mad. Mum gave up on the spatula and used her hands. Line a 22cm (9 inch) springform cake tin with baking paper. If you look in the shadows - you will see me snoopervising.
I then snoopervised the sides of the tin becoming lined with baking paper. One always needs tennis balls in ones kitchen basket!
Mum then filled the tin, and pressed in the ingredients fairly firmly. Take no prisoners.
Cut a circle of alfoil and cover the top - this will prevent over browning during the first bit of the cooking. Cook this in the inside of the oven for 45min at 200 degrees ( 400 F).
Lift off the foil. Place back into oven for an additional 25-35min. During the cooking process there may be the need to tip off built up fats out of the tin.
This is what it looked like when finished cooking. Nom Nom! It smelt pawsome too!
Once cold, mum topped the cake with low-fat ricotta cheese for the "icing". Then she got creative with sliced sausage, parsley petals, carrot slices and cherry tomato bits. But she says you can decorate with almost anything! Make up your own rules. Don't forget the candle/s!!
This cake was much loved by all three of us schnauzers - and, not to mention, the leftovers!!!!
So now humans..... there are no more excuses...... get cooking!!!