A long long time ago, about nine years ago I made friends with an amazing German girl called Lisa. Lisa was an exchange student at my high school and got to see what going to school in Upper Hutt was like...which was pretty funny actually. It was a lot of slacking off, personal jokes, talking about Lord of the Rings and acting out scenes from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eventually Lisa had to go home but we kept in contact (when Facebook came along this made it a lot easier!) So when she contacted me a few months ago to let me know she was coming to NZ for a visit I couldn't have been more excited!
She flew up to Auckland JUST to see me and I took the day off work. After I surprised her with a birthday cake (it was four days after her birthday) we had a massive catch up, went window shopping in Mt Eden then had a good ol' fashioned Kiwi dinner, fish and chips (or fush and chups if you have a Kiwi accent) on the beautiful beach in Mission Bay. It was a lovely day and it's so sad we can't spend more time together but I know we'll see each other again and I'm sure (well, I'm hoping) it won't be another seven years!
Which leads me to this cake. I really wanted to try out this tin I was given for my birthday last year. You pour in the cake mixes into a cake tin with a ring separator then remove it. Once you bake all three you put them together and they should look like a checkerboard when you cut inside your cake.
Here are some instructions I found on the net (because I didn't take photos as I went -sorry!) I used two packet mixes and the cake was strawberries and cream flavoured which tasted AMAZING!
The girl on top is (yes you guessed it) Lisa, she is wearing our old school uniform and a sparkly hat like she did in one of our musicals in high school.
Happy Birthday Lisa! Miss you already!