Lando is our deaf handyman / gardener who takes wonderful care of our home and garden every week.
Lando only became deaf as an adult and has adapted to being deaf as if he was born that way. He reads lips perfectly and we are still in the stop start throws (when time allows) of learning sign together. We have created a few of our own signs to better communicate with each other for the days when my Afrikaans and his English aren’t quite on the same page.
Lando asked if I would bake his daughter a birthday cake for her second birthday. He said he didn’t want those little things that I like making (cupcakes), he wanted one big cake. So not knowing which cake recipe would be best as I make all of them into cupcakes, I decided to use the one I converted last which was the dairy free recipe, you know, my new favourite recipe. I made a double portion and was thrilled with the result even though I probably turned the cakes out a wee bit soon and left a morsel of the centre of the cake at the bottom of the baking tin. Oops.
Only problem I had was when it came to the icing – I wanted princess pink for this little 2 year old but alas it kinda came out orangeish which did not sit well with my OCD issues but time did not allow to remake the icing plus there was barely any time to ice the cake before it had to get whisked off to the birthday girl. I wonder if it is because my food colouring is getting old?
No matter, all’s well that ends well and the cake was a hit!