I was really pleased with the cake. The flavor was good, everyone really seemed to love it. My decorating skills are amateur and the evenness of the layers of cake and frosting isn’t great, but it was cute and it was GOOD and I’m happy with that.
The fruit tarts were so easy. I was very lucky to find this recipe, because when she requested fruit tarts, I was envisioning those little pastry tarts, brushed with chocolate, filled with custard, topped with sliced fruit and glazed with jelly. I only got the request on Tuesday, so I had no time and was freaking out a little about being able to do them properly and on time. So when the recipe I used turned up on an internet search, I was so happy!
They start with a shortbread crust that you bake and fill with a mixture of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest:
And top with whatever fruit you like:
I chose blackberries and blueberries. Crispy, creamy, tart, sweet. These were wonderful!
Today is getting the Christmas decorations down - at least a good start. I feel so unbelievably trashy with them still up. But we just haven’t had time – we’ve been too busy getting The Child into her house – moving, painting, shopping, etc. BUT we’re having everyone over here next Sunday for cupcakes to celebrate her 26th birthday, so it HAS to be done or I will Die of Embarrassment. I have died of embarrassment many times in the past and it is NOT pretty.