I love Easter here in LW. There are a set of rituals and traditions that have been built on year on year that make the extended weekend something of a marathon celebration. An excuse for a three night / 4 day party with friends; late nights, live music, over indulgent food (chocolate) consumption and so much dancing and laughter my belly hurts. Tuesday has become a day of recovery.
The Music Beer Walk weekend centred around the Neuadd Arms Hotel took centre stage for much of the weekend. Friday/Saturday/Sunday evening and even some of those afternoons too. There was a wealth of communal singing and playing with informal jamming and plenty of musicians and punters just having a good old knees up … there were some ‘proper’ performances too. Great Irish/Welsh folk music by Pretty in Pink; acoustic folk, pop, rock, blues covers by String Motion; and good old electric rock and blues with Dangerous Dave and Friends.
Between sessions in the pub were indulgent roast dinners with our boys , their partners and friends; board games; Easter egg hunts (yes 20 and 30 year old ‘children’ do still want you to hide chocolate around the garden for them to find) . The only difference is there’s more swearing; harder hiding places and some serious negotiations and power plays when the final bounty is collected and compared!
Easter Sunday always comprises of our friends annual egg rolling and feasting afternoon. We (friends of all ages from toddlers to retired) gather and colour in our designs on hard boiled eggs over cups of tea. We stroll to a local hill, scramble to the top and hurl the eggs down. If yours doesn’t break then its back up the hill for you. Last one to break or furthest unbroken egg after four or so assaults on the summit wins a prize. Its then back to their house of a heavily chocolate based buffet to which we all contribute (this year I made a chocolate orange cointreau cake – recipe attached); we all help hide eggs around the garden for the little kids and then we pass the rest of the afternoon playing silly games – egg roulette, egg catch, hula hooping the maltesa slide and various other made up games that generally involve chocolate.
Anyway, here’s me with a rather handsome Easter Bunny….
…and here’s the recipe for my chocolate orange cointreau cake (other orange liqueurs are available)….
Chocolate Orange Cointreau Cake – easy peasy to make
9oz self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6oz caster sugar
rind and juice of 2 oranges
5oz sunflower oil
2 tablespoons golden syrup
4oz plain chocolate (grated)
6 tablespoons cointreau
place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend well for a few minutes.
line a loose bottomed tin , pour in the mixture
bake on a gas 3/320F/160C for 45 mins or until risen and away from the edges
you can thank me later……
How did you spend your Easter ?
10 thoughts on “My chocolate orange cake recipe and other fun things…..”
Looks like so much fun has been had! I love the Brown Eyed Girl clip everyone looks so happy and I love that song! Thanks for linking up with us for #ablogginggoodtime
great isn’t it – i love it so much x
Umm, so you have the best Easter weekend fun EVER! This all sounds so amazing, the food, the games..everything!xx #blogcrush
we do seem to have created an annual event filled long weekend 😉
Please can I come to your house next Easter? It sounds AMAZING! If I did all the fun things you do at Easter I too would still insist on an egg hunt at age 30 (if I was still 30… which I’m not… boo! 😉). The cake sounds delicious. Happy belated Easter lovely x
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you should definitely come along the kids will love it but so will the big kids -(mums/dads)
It looks like you’ve been having a blast. That orange cake sounds divine. I love alcohol in food so it’s right up my street!! x
let me know what you think if you make it
I simply adore a chocolate orange, so I will definitely be giving your recipe a try very soon #blogginggoodtime@_karendennis
let me know how you get on x