From the Misses Nine’s birthday party today. They are still nine: their actual birthday falls later in the week.
Two yoghurt chocolate cakes, covered in chocolate icing, and luridly decorated with Smarties (like Pebbles, or M&Ms). In what has become a family tradition, the girls decorated their cakes themselves.
Fruit and lolly kebabs:
Kebabs made up with fruit and lollies in this order: kiwifruit chunk, marshmallow, pineapple chunk, chocolate sprat, pineapple chunk, marshmallow, kiwifruit chunk. For readers from outside New Zealand, chocolate sprats are small fish shaped, chocolate coated marshmallows.
I had planned to make frog ponds (see the second photo here), but I couldn’t find chocolate frogs. I found mushroom lollies instead, so I made fairy gardens – half rounds of oranges with the flesh scooped out and the juice used to make jelly, decorated with one mushroom lolly and two spearmint leaves each.
Cupcakes with soft blue icing, each with a multi-coloured fruit strip rainbow arched above and anchored in royal icing clouds.
As I brought the kebabs and the fairy gardens out, the assembled children sighed. Then when the rainbow cupcakes appeared, they said in tones of great delight, “Oooooohhhhh.”
It was highly gratifying.
My grateful thanks to a friend who is staying with us who helped me with the fiddly bits.