The day the children broke up for their Easter holidays, I had spent the day preparing for the many guests who were coming to stay over the next few days. I am sure that most of you know already that I run a Bed & Breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales. It had been a tough day. The children came home and pretended to be guests. They asked for a cup of tea and then proceeded to get me to wait on them hand and foot throughout the early evening. The only reason they stopped pretending to be guests, was when I said "shall we make a rainbow cake?".
Having never made a rainbow cake before, I was initially slightly concerned with how it would turn out. I had prepared for it by buying the gel colourings and stocking up on eggs, but other than that I was unprepared. I tried putting two tins of cake in the AGA at a time, but the heat isn't even in the AGA so I ended up having to cook one at a time, so it took a bit longer than I imagined. However, making the cake had stopped my children pretending to be guests, so simply the preparation of the cake had made my day better!
It turned out that the rainbow cake was fabulous! I even squealed when I cut into it and saw the different colours. It took some eating though, in spite of us feeding it to almost all of the guests who stayed at our Bed & Breakfast over that weekend. It ended up being eaten by more twenty different people over six days. Quite some cake.
It just so happened that the same weekend I made the rainbow cake, we received a package of Mr Kipling cakes from BritMums, as a challenge to find out what moments are better with cake!
Bakewell Tarts are some of my absolute favourite cakes. We took them with us on a caravan holiday to Heysham (you can see my video review here). It wasn't the best break ever, due to our proximity to the cesspit and the practically constant rain. The Bakewell Tarts definitely made our holiday better. What made them even better was the fact that our children didn't like them, meaning my husband and I were free to eat the lot!
The Viennese Whirls were taken to the seaside with us and enjoyed in the park as a treat after our lunch. It was the final day of our holiday and the sun had come out for the first time in three days. It was so nice to be out and about, having been confined to a small caravan. The children enjoyed running, jumping, swinging and a game of crazy golf. Our picnic lunch was absolutely made better with cake!
My grandma's antique plates haven't had much of an appearance in recent months, but she had some absolutely stunning plates which are in the cupboards here. Her plates definitely looked better with cake, and I fully intend to keep them regularly topped up with cake in the future.
Overall, our family has decided that life is better with cake (in moderation). They have made us happy when we were sad, fed our Bed & Breakfast guests, improved a picnic in the park and made my grandma's plates look good again.
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Disclosure: We were sent some Mr Kipling cakes for the purpose of review. This had no impact on this post.