“The Cake Man” (birthday cake)

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Last week we celebrated David’s birthday and in our family we have a cake tradition, which we brought with us to Spain, to big amusement for our kids’ friends. This cake was very typical in our Danish childhood, where our mums made it. At a child’s birthday party there would always be a “cake man” or “cake woman”.

Thursday morning, when David was in school, I baked a big chocolate cake. It doesn’t have to be this exact recipe, but it is super easy and the kids love it! (You can find the recipe on the bottom of the page) When it had cooled of, I cut it in the shape of a boy. Obviously at Thea’s parties, the cake is shaped with a dress instead of trousers.

The first kids arriving help decorating the cake with candy. While I spread the icing on top of the cake, they are ordered to wash their hands, and then we are ready. They always have lots of fun doing it; two blue-coloured sweets for eyes, yellow for hair etc. to make it look like the birthday child.

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Remember(!!!) to buy plenty of candy, because half of it goes on the cake and the other half in their mouths.

Where Thomas’ and my cake traditions divide, are at the actually part of eating it. In my childhood we would scream while we made the first cut into the cake. Yes, I know it is a bit barbaric. But again, it’s good to let out some steam sometimes, hehe…

Here is a small video of it: (you might turn down the volume!)

Chocolate cake:(for 15 -20 kids)

750 gr butter
1250 gr sugar
10 eggs
875 gr flour
5 teaspoon baking powder
5 teaspoon vanilla sugar
20 soup spoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3,75 ml milk
3,75 ml boiling water

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).

In a large bowl whip the sugar and softened butter well, add the eggs one by one until the mass is white and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cocoa and then add it bit by bit to the sugar mass, while you stir it gently and adding milk. When the batter is smooth, add the boiling water and again stir until smooth; the batter will be thin. Pour the batter into a pan prepared with baking paper.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool before you cut the shape of a boy/girl.

Have fun!

   
   

No Show!!

 What is a No-Show?

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In the restaurant and hotel business, it is; when somebody has reserved a table or a room but never arrives, – they don’t show up at all! In my case, it happens in our restaurant, – too often! Especially in the high season. The other evening it was TWO tables, that never got used. In total of 13 guests, which is a very big deal for our little restaurant. We have been out shopping fresh products to the evening and our staff has been called to work. The money earned in our relatively short high season, is the money we live off throughout the whole year. Besides, it is also a shame for the people, that tried to reserve and we had to turn down, because we were fully booked. (At least we thought!)
It has always been one of the biggest issues in this trade. How can you make sure not to loose business on no-shows? Some restaurants simply overbook and then hope for understanding guests, if everybody are so kind to show up. Others charge a reservation fee in case of No-Show. Neither of these, I’m keen on, so my solution is that every mid-day I call all guests, who have reserved a table for 5 people or more, for the same evening, to make them confirm their booking. (A strange thing is; that it is often the groups, that change their minds and don’t cancel. – And these are also the no-shows that “hurts” the most.) It does add extra costs to call to Spanish, English, German etc. mobile phones every day, but it has so far reduced the numbers of no-shows…

I just cannot understand how people call and reserve but then can´t be be bothered to cancel the reservation, if they can’t come anyway.

Please, don’t be a No-Show!

   

Magical Vejer.

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Saturday, 25th of July, was a very special evening in Vejer de la Frontera. A town, known in all of Spain for it’s beauty, became even more magical this evening. The town hall turned off the street light in the ancient part of the town, lit thousands of candles and arranged a classical concert in the main square; Plaza de España. Days before the event, everybody was talking about it. Excited! Families with houses in the old part bought their own candles to add to the magic and restaurant owners had dollar signs in their eyes. And it was, as last year, a huge succes. More than 50.000 people came and enjoyed the evening. The car queues up to Vejer were up to 8 kilometers long(!), – some say even longer!!

Since the evening many photos, taken by various people, have been shown on Facebook, instagram, etc. My favourites are by a photographer from the neighbouring town, Barbate; Juan Daza.11742666_880753791960301_1758632995133755105_nnyvelsagadeespana11705245_880753921960288_5786196949748219747_n11742634_880753881960292_1941723903558310869_n

 

 

 

   

Summer is here!

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The sun behind Trafalgar light house.

I have not been active on my blog lately because we are so fortunate to be very busy in the restaurante. We are so pleased and enjoy welcoming regulars and new guests every day. You can see some of my summer Photos on instagram: miblotublog.

I wish you all some WONDERFUL & SUNNY SUMMER DAYS