A happy Lego birthday

One of the joys (ahem) of blended family life is the occasional scheduling surprise. For instance, yesterday morning I was pootling along with a few exciting little plans for the day – work, maybe a coffee with a friend, tackling the mountain of rubbish in the garage again – when TL said as he rushed off to work, ‘so we’ll be back about 4.’ Erm, we? Yes, it turned out he was picking up Child Three and Child Four from school. And it was Child Four’s sixth birthday.

The more the merrier. Obviously. A birthday – yay! And a birthday cake? No problem. We make cakes here pretty much on a daily basis. But a cake for a 6-year-old Lego-obsessed small boy, after all my years with Lego-phobic small girls? Hmm, this required a bit of thought. But not much, if I were to do all my other stuff. So here’s the result. A deliciously large, shiny, chocolate Lego brick. Or, if you prefer, a fridge cake with two piles of choccy biccies balanced on top, with a ton of chocolate thrown over it. Phew.

Ta da! My chocolate Lego cake

To make your own Lego cake (go on, you know you want to), take 250g of digestive or chocolate digestive biscuits, crush roughly, and mix with 125g of melted butter, two tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup. Place mixture in a greased, lined loaf tin. Chill for an hour or so in the fridge. Turn out and arrange two towers of three biscuits each on top. Now melt 150g of chocolate in the microwave with a spoonful of butter, checking frequently so it doesn’t overheat. When liquid, coat the cake and biscuit towers liberally. Add the required number of candles and step back and await praise and thanks.

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