I think the honbu dojo was a little intimidated by the upcoming event but I took the liberty of trying to make him a chocolate brownie cake (see above). But, with my rather limited baking experience, and without an oven I was left trying to produce a cake using our toaster/grill - a real challenge! All things considered, I think it worked out OK in the end. I covered up the charcoal patches with chocolate icing and even managed to ice it with a Happy Birthday Sensei message on top. Despite being a little ‘crunchy’ in bits, it can't have tasted too bad since it got polished off pretty quickly after training. We turned off all the lights and sang Sensei happy birthday and he made a wish before using those big lungs of his to blow out all the candles in one breath. He seemed to like the cake too explaining to me that he doesn't really like white (sponge) cakes that much but thought my chocolate cake was “very good”. Note to self – Sensei is a chocolate lover at heart.