The previous week she'd told me to make her cake a surprise cake. I made no mention of cake at all when we planned her birthday - her favorite curry and a self-saucing dessert, then roast and trifle on Saturday night, and finally a private shopping expedition with her Mum - and in fact I forgot about cake until the night before! I whipped this up after they all went to bed the night before and hid it behind the dishwasher in the morning, hoping they wouldn't notice the baked-cake scent in the kitchen!
Then I decorated it while she was at school. For her birthday she got a watch from me and Kanji, and her sister got her a new alarm clock, so of course I had to do a clock cake! For a cake whipped up at the last minute - or maybe because it was a cake whipped up at the last minute, so I couldn't 'experiment' - it turned out fabulous, one of the best cakes I've cooked for ages.
Instead of a party this year, Amy took some friends to Joyfull for a parfait party. On the left, Maia and Lena, then Emily, our NZ/Japanese friend from the next next town, then Amy and two school friends, Chisaki and Yuki.