A terrific Toby cake for Tracey!


Dear readers of BOTF – thanks as always for your comments, just a quickie today (Thursday) as it's my wife's birthday and I've taken a couple of day's leave from The Q.

I was trying to think of something different for Tracey this year and I had a brilliant idea! A cake! Not that original granted… but this one was going to be different … a triumph!!

The scene was set dear reader – secret negotiations took place between Agent Fox and his secret accomplice. Yes an accomplice, was indeed necessary to undertake such a cake – this was not a job for Agent Fox no matter how game our hero was in the kitchen! (Marian!!). Despite his daughter's growing bakery prowess – this was a job for a pro!

So Agent Jo, the Queen of the Q Prep Kitchen was commissioned to create a masterpiece – a Toby cake!

          Toby cake - a work in progress     Toby cake - the finished masterpiece!

To the untrained eye she didn't flinch – "A dog cake? No problem!" But to our hero, trained in reading the language of the body, he noticed a micro gesture – there was the slightest tightening of the jaw, a minute look of panic across her brow – the Fox knew he had to push this one and he played her like a violin, "are you sure you can do it?" – that was all she needed, the gauntlet was thrown down and she picked it up with an ever growing confidence – "Sure! What kind of dog?" she enquired.

"A bearded collie – a real shaggy dog", the Fox replied. Despite never having made a dog cake before – how could she turn this down? Her initial fears were realised when the Fox emailed photos of Toby, the long hair, the quizzical look, the black and white icing – could she do this? Could she rise to the canine challenge laid down by the Fox?

Of course she could, what was she ever worried about? Her skills were indeed tested but she emerged victorious, as the Fox popped in to inspect her artistry, her fingers numb from forcing so much icing through a colander, in order to create the shaggy coat – she already knew the answer but still the question passed over her lips; "Is it OK?"

"OK?", the Fox shouted, "OK? It's blooming fantastic – Mrs F will be moved to tears!"

But it was not Mrs F but Agent Fox who would be moved to tears. The Toby cake was carefully packaged and carefully placed in the agent's car for transportation back to the Fox's den.

He had just got home after the launch of the Xbox 360 Kinect TSV – the clock ticked 300 hours. He could hide the cake under the cover of darkness for presentation on her happy day.

Better just check the merchandise he mused – Arrrgggh! As he lifted off the lid from the box he staggered back – Toby's head had fallen off! His right ear was missing and most of his beard was in the bottom of the container. "Mon chien bleu", he swore – at that moment he realised that the game was indeed up – he would have to come clean! No dramatic birthday unveiling - as the cake would now surely dry out, now that it's sugary carapace had been broken open. "C'est la vie, ma petit pois", he growled, not realising pois was a pea not a puppy! But at that moment he didn't care…

Sorry I said it was a quickie – better go Tracey's cutting the cake!!

Author's note: the above account has been altered for dramatic effect but is essentially true. And after resting his head on a cup, the Toby cake looked almost as good as new! 

I'm back in Friday then Saturday night I'm launching a brilliant Fuji x30 super zoom digital camera with Mat Trim – join us!

Till next time,
Dale x


  1. Gail January 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Oh crumbs Daleo, how did you manage that? Hope it wasn’t a reflection on your driving! I would love to have seen your face when you opened the box Dale. It was definitely different, I’ll give you that, ha ha. I hope Tracey was moved to tears, of laughter, when she saw what had happened. The good intention was there Dale and Agent Jo did a marvellous job. I think it is all round Daleo’s for tea looking at the size of the cake. Hope Tracey had a lovely birthday.
    You may, or may not have noticed that I’ve been a quiet lately Dale. I have and am still quite ill at the moment. You think you’ve had a bad week! I went to the Doctors Wednesday evening as an emergency as I’d been so ill for a few days. He examined me and told me I had a bad chest infection. Then he took something from his desk and aimed it at my forehead between my eyes. OMG I thought, he’s gonna shoot me. A bit drastic I thought considering it’s only a chest infection. Can’t I just have a prescription like everyone else I thought. IT WAS A LASER THERMOMETER DALE – HOW CLEVER IS THAT?
    Hello Ma, hope you had a lovely day yesterday at the Beauty Bash, lol xx I bet Daleo was devastated that he missed out on sampling your muffins.
    Must go, another Anti Biotic beckons. xx

  2. Marian Bolton January 28, 2012 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Well, if that’s an example of one of your quickies Daleo, I’ll have one anytime!!
    Blimey, I thought I was in an episode of ‘Sherlock’ for a minute there. A veritable masterpiece gorgeous.
    As it was your wife’s birthday, I’ll forgive you for not being at the Beauty Bash, just this once mind! I had a fab time. The Q sure know how to throw on a bash. Did you get your choccie cupcake? Ali was so chuffed when I gave her the box, she whisked them away to be filmed. Well, at least that’s what she said! She was gone a while thinking about it!! I asked her to save you one (note, I didn’t say ‘give you one’ cos I’m trying to behave again given this blog is about Mrs F). Ali replied “oh, you’re a fan of the silver fox are you?” At which point Keeley jumped in and said “she’s obsessed”! I tell ya, what are they like Dale’icious?! For the record, I’m not obsessed. Possessed maybe, but not obsessed!!
    The Toby cake looks amazing and, lets face it (no pun intended!), if the head hadn’t fallen off, you would have had the dilemma of where to cut first! ‘Every cloud’ and all that!
    Hope Tracey had a lovely birthday and speak soon. xxx
    Hiya Gail. Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly. I missed you but knew someat must be afoot (or achest in your case!!) Hope you’re feeling better now. xxx

  3. christine monk January 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dale, please pass on my thanks to matt trim for his video clips on photography. I have purchased 2 cameras in the past so i dare not purchase the t.s.v today!! But i did take your advice and looked up Matt`s photography tips and found them REALLY helpful.Thankyou once again. Luv Chris.x

  4. Marian Bolton February 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Daleo, you on strike or just playing hard to get again?! x
    Galeo, how are you sweetie? x

  5. Dale Franklin February 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi all – sorry I’ve been absent from the blog, but there’s some very nasty stomach bugs going around at the moment and The Franklins now have first hand knowledge. Today’s the first day out if bed since Monday and I’m still on water only but hopefully back on the Q soon. Dale x

  6. Marian Bolton February 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Oh no, two of my bessi mates gone down with the lurgy! I hope it wasn’t owt to do with that cupcake Daleo!! Bless you both for blogging from your sick beds and get well very soon.
    Lots of love

  7. Gail February 3, 2012 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ma, got pnuemonia I’m afraid and don’t feel at all well xx Daleo, you wanna hear my chest, it’s got more crackles than a box of Rice Krispies.
    Ma, I reckon Daleo had too much Toby cake; what do you think?
    Hope you’re feeling better Daleo. Lots of love Ma xx

  8. Lynne Porter February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Aww what a shame. Thank goodness you got a pic of the cake before his head rolled! Get well soon.

  9. Marian Bolton February 7, 2012 at 9:28 am -  Reply

    Oh Gail, you poor thing. I’m thinking about you. xx
    Yes, I reckon Daleo definitely had too much Toby cake. It wasn’t my buns I know that much cos I bet he didn’t get one. I was all exited thinking me buns’d make it to air on the Beauty Bash Highlights shows on Sunday, but did they eckers like! I tell ya, I reckon Ali Young scoffed the lot before the cameras got anywhere near!! Hope Daleo’s back soon, that’ll cheer you up.
    Lots of love sweetie xxx

  10. Marian Bolton February 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Dale’icious, I’ve just seen you’re on tomorrow. Get your sausage out again ‘in the kitchen’ to cheer Gail up will you!!

  11. Marian Bolton February 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail
    All we got was a little spicy sausage……. and he didn’t half keep us waiting for that! Were you watching?

  12. Dale franklin February 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian, sorry we never got to see yours buns on the Beauty Bash highlights – id have paid good money to see them! Gail poor you – sounds nasty! Lots of TLC For you! Nice to hear from both Christine and Lynne on the BOTF ! Well no sooner have I recovered then I’m on a short Half- term break with the family – I still hope to blog soon though! Love to all! Dale x

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