Every year, I am assigned the all-important task of making the Birthday cake for Guppy, my grandma, who this year turned 97 years old.
I’m going to backtrack a little bit. When I mentioned Guppy’s great health at her wondrous age, Maureen asked for a bit of the story of Guppy so I will tell a little.
You might understand why she is so tough when you hear she was a bushie. They lived on a cattle property quite a way from civilisation back when to make a phone call you had to ring the operator and I’m pretty sure there were only certain times of day the phone was available.
She grew all their fresh food and did a lot of the cooking while raising four children, the youngest being my mum. They battled fires and floods and droughts and plagues.
She is the eldest of 7 children (just she and her youngest sister are still alive) and her father died when she was quite young so she helped her mother out a lot with the younger children. Her mother sounds like an amazing woman and I have never heard anyone who knew her speak of her without a smile in their eyes.
Apparently she could turn just a few ingredients into enough food to feed 12 people and she was a wonderful cook.
Guppy has 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and could tell you every one of their Birthday’s without a pause. She could probably tell you the current Suncorp share price or who won the football on the weekend too.
Really, the only thing slowing her down is her body now. She still tells me every now and then of a new recipe she created for dinner or her latest idea for a new invention (not crazy idea, great ideas usually!).
So you can see that such an amazing woman, deserves a show-stopping cake for her Birthday. Although Guppy doesn’t drink, she loves desserts with alcohol but more than that she loves chocolate. Clearly when I saw a rum and raisin chocolate cake, I couldn’t go past it.
I urge you to go the extra step and make the praline. It takes it from good-looking to spectacular. Enjoy!