The Madderneine Cake

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I am extremely happy to be showing you this cake.  This cake is the product of my 5-year-old daughter’s imagination.  A few months ago, she was playing with some trivets/hot-plate type things from the kitchen cabinets; she was stacking them in such a way that they looked like a quadruple-layer cake!  She called it a “madderneine” cake.  I asked her what was in the cake and she told me some of the key parts of it.  For the next couple of months we occasionally talked about it and finally agreed upon the final verison of her “madderneine” cake.

As I show you these pictures, I have to apologize if they are not up-to-par.  Our main computer broke and I am using a laptop so I feel I cannot judge the coloring and brightness as well as I should be able to because the screen is so different!  I hope they look alright!

Anyway, our final version of the “madderneine” cake is this 2-layer white cake filled with pink strawberry-flavored whipped cream and fresh strawberry pieces.  On top is plain whipped cream sprinkled with macadamia praline and the whole cake is fancied up with rose-flavored pashmak (Persian fairy floss).  The pink rose petals are from our garden and the little bright pink flowers are from someone else’s garden.

We didn’t eat the flowers, by the way, they were just for decoration!

It looked very pretty, and my daughter’s eyes lit up when she saw it.  She loved it!  She ate every last bit of her slice.

I did not care much for the cake when it was fresh.  It tasted like it was missing something; it didn’t have any depth.  The taste was very light.  The strawberry flavor is not dominant because the rose pashmak takes center stage on the taste buds.  The crunch of the macadamia praline was a nice touch.

Just a tip – if you’re using pashmak on your cake, only put it on immediately before serving, otherwise, it just melts.  It still tastes fine, it just doesn’t look as pretty!

Despite how girly this cake is, my husband loved it.  He had a slice straight from the refrigerator.  When I tried a cold slice for myself, I enjoyed it heaps more than when it was fresh.  So, upon this discovery, I would recommend that if you to were make our cake for yourself, try it after it has been thoroughly chilled in the refrigerator.

I’m really proud of us, especially my daughter, for helping to bring her make-believe cake to life.

If you have a favorite white cake recipe, please feel free to use it instead of the one below. :)

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  1. says

    I think it’s pretty cool you helped bring your daughters imagination cake to life! What what a wonderful imagination she has! I love the loads of pink, and the fairy floss on the top looks awesome. (and don’t worry, I think the photos are good)

  2. says

    This cake looks like a little girl’s cake fantasy comes to life. Just perfect, lovely pinkness! Beautiful photos btw.

  3. says

    I just can’t wait until Emma’s old enough for Junior Masterchef. She has a wonderfully creative imagination! Yum!

  4. says

    That cake might just be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It took my breath away!

    (Also: the link you included at the end, about voting, doesn’t seem to work…)

    • says

      Thank you!

      About the link, the contest is over, so I removed the post and forgot to delete the reference to it in this post – sorry about that! :)

  5. says

    This is wonderful! I love that it started through your daughter’s play and imagination and the two of you brought it to life together. And that it was delicious too!


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