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Here is the recipe as requested:

200g/8oz self-raising flour
4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
200g/8oz butter
350g/12oz golden syrup
100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
4 eggs, beaten
100g/4oz pecans, roughly chopped
100g/4oz crystallized ginger, chopped

Topping and decoration:
175g/6oz golden granulated sugar
1 egg white
pinch of cream of tartar
85g/3oz sugar*
100g/4oz pecans*

*P recommends doing about 40% of this as she didn't have enough room on the cake to put even 60% of the amount on.

1)Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C. Butter and line two 20cm/8in cake tins. Silt together the flour, powdered ginger, baking powder and salt. Rub into the butter until it resembles crumbs. [It didn't actually resemble crumbs at all at this point]
2)Beat in syrup, sugar, eggs, pecans and ginger. Pour into the tins and bake for 45 minutes until firm. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.
3)Put the golden sugar, egg white, cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons hot water in a bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Beat for 10 minutes. Layer cakes with a little icing; swirl the rest over the top and sides.
4)Heat the sugar with four tablespoons of sugar until dissolved, then boil until it forms a caramel. Stir in the pecan halves, cool on an oiled baking sheet, then use to decorate.

Here's what it looks like:

My Birthday Cake
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I had a nice long weekend. I took Monday off which combined with the fact that I finish early on Fridays meant I got nearly four days off. I took the time off to take advantage of the fact that P's exams have finished. I've also taken Monday, Tuesday and Thursday off next week, and we will be spending a long weekend with P in Oxford.

It was a lot of fun, especially as we could just relax and not have to worry about anything like work or revision. With some help P has now built her first magic deck, my friend Nick came down set up my drum kit properly and gave me my first drum lesson, so I have my first groove to practise, I messed about briefly on creatures 3 trying to teach the inoffensive things to defend themselves (with varying degrees of success) and just generally had fun and relaxed.

And yesterday with P's help I made a chocolate fudge layer cake. It's made it once before several years ago and its as gorgeous as I remembered it to be. It’s so rich and sweet that you can only eat in small amounts and with ice cream. Its about 4 inches high by about 7 in diameter. With two chocolate sponges covered in a chocolate fudge frosting. There’s about a centimetre of fudge between the two sponge layers, and about 1.5 to 2cm of fudge over the sides and top. I think calling it a chocolate fudge layer cake is not quite accurate death by chocolate fudge might be a more appropriate name. The cake practically radiates an aura of absolute sweetness.

I’ll stick the recipe up behind lj cut tags:

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In other news my Dad has know bought his new car an Audi A4 Quattro. I think he's pleased with the 3.0 litre engine. This means I'm a little close to getting the Fiesta again. Of course we need to resolve the unreliable starting issue first. If it wasn't for the fact that the Micras not really suitable for regular motorway driving I'd probably keep it a little longer.

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