Happy Mother’s Day 2013

Dear Ma,

I love you. Happy Mother’s Day. I know I can’t sing in front of people yet but I hope you like this recording. I know you want to hear me sing so that is my gift to you. I hope you get my message and just how much I appreciate everything you do, be it stuffing chia seeds down my throat or bringing me tea and biscuits when I am sick ;)

Lots of love <3
Uru

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Your hand fits in mine
Like it’s made just for me
You keep it so warm
And it, secures me
And I’m holding on so tight just to cross the concrete street
‘Cause I need you right by me

 I know you’ve always loved
My smile and my laugh
When I bake
You’ve always loved
Everything I make
You have to exercise way more than usually
But you eat it just for me

 I won’t let these little things slip out of my mind
Cause if I do,
It’s true,
It’s true, I won’t say thank you
For all that you do
All those little things

 You can’t get out of bed without a cup of tea
Yet you still will if I go early
And all those times you’ve dropped me to my activities
You do so much for me

I know you’ve never loved
When we argue, not talk
You never want
For my room to be locked
You always want to discuss something with me
And I’m sorry I’m so busy

 I won’t let these little things slip out of my mind
Cause if I do,
It’s true,
It’s true, I won’t say thank you
For all that you do
All those little things

 I’ll always love you more than I could ever show
You’ve always loved me from such a long time ago
I must let you know I’m here for you
And I know you’ll always be here for, me too

 And I’ve just let these little things slip out of my mouth
‘Cause it’s you,
Oh, it’s you,
It’s you they add up to
And ma I love you
And all these little things 

I won’t let these little things slip out of my mind
Cause if I do,
It’s true,
It’s true, I won’t say thank you
For all that you do
All those little things

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Did you hear that little voice shouting in the background at the end? Haha, that was my mum asking me for dinner, how ironic is that ;)

Two of my friends had this idea to change the lyrics of a small part of One Direction’s song Little Things (a song I personally love!) to make an apology and this sparked the idea for my mum’s present! Not an apology but I wanted to change all the lyrics to showcase my relationship with her :)

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Now, I know the world is divided into Directioners and Directionaters, but you have to appreciate how gorgeous that song is! Which made it perfect for the occasion :D

Please ignore my singing, haha it was to get a message across. As special as you should treat your mum everyday, today put in a bit of extra effort. Skype for a while longer, go out to lunch, or just sit down and think about her.

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She’s worth it :)

If you are like me, then why not bake something? Albeit, I baked this for her party but it would be perfect for Mother’s Day. Why?

  1. It tastes heavenly – I legitimately mean angelic
  2. It is pink – colour of the girl and all that :)
  3. It is soft, spongey and has mousse involved – creamy awesomeness!
This was taken post party - sorry for the bad shot!

This was taken post party – sorry for the bad shot!

Do you really need more encouragement?

*My changes are in bold

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Lime Macaroon & Strawberry Mousse Cake
Source: Mastering The Art Of Baking

Ingredients:

Macaroon:

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature (mine were not but it was fine :))
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp strawberry essence
  • 140g almond meal, sifted
  • 35g plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Strawberry Mousse:

  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 180g white chocolate
  • 250g strawberries, washed and hulled – I used 300g frozen, thawed to room temperature overnight
  • 2 tbs strawberry jam
  • 1 tbs powdered gelatine

Extra:

  • 100ml thickened cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 95g flaked almonds, lightly toasted (in the oven at 180 degrees, tossing occasionally for 10-15 minutes)
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  • Strawberries and icing sugar (and mint) to garnish
  • 6 tbs strawberry jam

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line two 22cm springform cake tins with non-stick baking paper
  2. Use an electric mixer to whisk egg whites till soft peaks form. Gradually add in sugar, whisking continuously and well until the meringue is thick and glossy (rub a bit between your fingers and it should not be grainy)
  3. Whisk in strawberry essence
  4. Combine the almond meal, flour and zest in a large bowl
  5. Add in the meringue mixture and combine with a large metal spoon careful

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  6. Divide between tins, smooth surface and bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned
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  7. Cool in tins, covered with a tea towel to ensure it does not dry
  8. Bring 125ml of the 600ml of cream to simmer in a small saucepan
  9. Remove and add in the chocolate. Set it aside for 30 seconds and then stir until melted – Set aside for 30 minutes to cool
  10. Process the 2 tbs jam and strawberries till liquidated in a food processor
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  11. Push through a sieve and discard of seeds and lumps
  12. Sprinkle the gelatine over 60ml of warm water and set aside for 5 minutes to soften
  13. Stand jug in a small saucepan filled a 1/4 way with simmering water. Heat gently till the gelatine completely dissolves
  14. Whisk the remaining cream from the 600ml until firm peaks form
  15. Fold into the cream the gelatine, strawberry and chocolate mixture until just combined

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  16. Remove one macaroon from its tin (flexible and sticky and soft)
  17. Spread the other macaroon still in its tin with the remaining jam generously
  18. Pour mousse on top and evenly spread
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  19. Top with the remaining macaroon. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
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  20. Whip the extra 100ml of whipped cream with vanilla essence till it forms firm peaks – refrigerate until needed, covered
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  21. Remove the cake from its tin and spread a thin layer using the pre-whipped cream around the sides (not on top)
  22. Cover the sides with crushed, toasted almond flakes
  23. Dust with icing sugar and (since I did not have fresh strawberries in season, I improvised) refrigerate until ready to be enjoyed!
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Here is the click of the original song – those British boys… ;)

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121 Comments

  1. You are such a wonderful blogger friend, but also a really sweet daughter! I need to raise my daughter to be a great baker like you. I want a cake like this for every mother’s day. Your mom is very lucky to have a great child like you! ;)

  2. Your strawberry lime cake is gorgeous. I’m sure your Mom is very happy that you baked and sing for your. I tried to listen to the signing but somehow it wouldn’t play. Hope you and your Mom had a wonderful celebration! :)

  3. Susan says:

    What a lovely post and dessert, CCU!

    For some reason, I stopped getting yours posts by email. I thought you were just taking a break! I will put you on my blog list so I can keep up with what you’re doing :)

  4. What a lovely singing voice you have! Such a sweet tribute to your mom – I’m sure she adored it. And this cake sounds just wonderful. Your mom is lucky to have you as a daughter. =)

  5. bec {daisy and the fox} says:

    what a great re-write of the song!
    and how lucky is she to get that delicious looking cake! yum!! :)

  6. CCU, my eyes are misty. How sweet you create these beautiful words and your voice to thank you lovely mom. I bet your mom has a lot more tears in her eyes than I do. However, I finally started to laugh when I heard her call you to dinner. Beautiful cake and your mom must be extra special to have raised such a precious girl like you. Take Care, BAM

  7. juanitascocina says:

    This cake is ahhhhh-mazing!

    Also, I know your mom must be so proud of all of your accomplishments! I would have had a hard time eating this cake!

  8. Juliana says:

    Such a nice post Uru…and this cake sounds and looks delicious…like the lime with strawberries…beautiful cake my dear.
    Have a great week :)

  9. Gorgeous cake and tribute to your mom. Does she really try to stuff chia seeds down your throat? I’m asking because I’ve just started to sneak them into the muffins and granola bars that I make for the girls. :) Hope you are well!

  10. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s an incredible looking mousse cake. Just gorgeous. I’m sure your mum must have really loved it. And well done on re-writing a song for her – she must have felt super special xx

  11. kale says:

    I tried to listen to the song but for some reason I couldn’t make it play/download. :( these are the moments I truly hate being so computer challenged!
    thanks for sharing your abundant creativity… xo

  12. I can bet your mother is proud of you every day of the week…you make her day every day, Mother’s Day or not. You are lucky to have such a supportive mother, and she is lucky to have such a fantabulously adorable talented daughter. Beautiful cake, as always.

  13. laurasmess says:

    This looks amazing Uru! Gorgeous post… love the song and the amazing looking cake (you’ve excelled in the baking department again!). I am definitely not a One Direction fan but I love your version. Better than theirs, in my opinion! Your mother is one lucky lady. And I’m sure she must be amazing, to have raised a wonderful woman like you! x

  14. Beth says:

    Your cake looks wonderful! I just got back from a lovely brunch with my mom, and will spend the rest of the day with my daughters. Lucky me!

  15. luvnorcal says:

    Yay for mommies! The green bundt cake in the background is really distracting, haha. I also like the cake you made in this post! Both look delicious!

  16. Uru, girl, you’ve got some pipes! You sound fantastic! I looooove the sweet song to your mom and the changes to the lyrics. What a fabulous Mother’s Day Tribute to her, both with the song and with this ah-may-zing, dreamy, heavenly cake. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day together.

  17. Jorie says:

    What a sweet tribute to your mom! For some reason, I couldn’t get your song to play (I so badly wanted to hear your adorable Aussie accent!) but alas, I’m sure you sounded lovely. Happy Mother’s Day to your momma! I bet she is SO proud of you.

  18. Anu Dixit says:

    Beautiful song babe. My God how much so have you grown. I am sure your mum will adore this. I know she will. Love you darling. Anu aunt

  19. You are such a wonderful daughter, the cake is beautiful and I know it was delicious, after all you made it how could it not be. I also think that song is particularly poignant and beautiful, whether you are a One Direction hater or lover it doesn’t matter the song is meaningful and gorgeous. Happy Mothers Day to your lovely Mum.

  20. healthyyou72 says:

    I love it, the song is too much fun! You mom will love it, along with that gorgeous cake!!! I love the flavors, it sounds and looks amazing:-) Hugs, Terra

  21. Becky says:

    Uru,
    You are a wonderful, sweet daughter, and I’m sure that your Mum will love her song and cake. I don’t have a daughter, but if I did I would like her to be like you:)

  22. Carolyn Chan says:

    How lucky is your mum ?! What a sweet thing to do in every sense of the word. I am so sad I won’t be able to give my mum a big hug for Mother’s Day tomorrow but big love to all the mum’s out there tomorrow ! I hope you all are spoiled rotten by your loved ones.

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