To celebrate dad Gordon and mum Tana's 20th wedding anniversary, Tilly prepares a Mexican feast and the biggest cake she's ever made.
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-Hi, I'm Matilda!
Cooking is what I love best.
She cooks, she scores!
Hi, I'm Matilda.
I'm in charge of the kitchen in this house.
No, no, Tilly.
Get out of my kitchen!
This is a story of me, my crazy summer...
I'm on the red carpet and I'm about to meet the star of the movie.
..and my even crazier family.
Tilly rules, OK?
Do not go in the fridge.
-There's someone in there.
'We're in LA, a city that loves to party...'
'..having a summer to remember.
'I'm doing what I love best - cooking like crazy...'
Look at the cheese bubbling around the outside.
'..doing my food blog...'
Amazing. '..and celebrating a massive family anniversary.
'Our parents have been married for 20 - yes, 20 - years.'
How old does that make them?
# Hey, baby I think I want to marry you... #
It's all a bit soppy, I know,
but we want to give them a brilliant celebration, so the big question is,
how do you throw the ultimate party to remember?
'We're surprising Mum and Dad with a special 20th anniversary party,
'so I'm checking the coast is clear...'
They're all still asleep.
'..before getting the gang together to come up with a plan.'
Let's sort out what we're going to do.
It needs to be big. 20th is big.
Mexico, we could do Mexican food.
OK, so we could do a mariachi thing.
Like, I've heard about and it's all about romance and culture and fun.
-You can dress up crazy.
Let's write a song.
Shall I have a look for some mariachi bands?
I think I saw someone on America's Got Talent.
-OK. She's 13 years old.
I love Alondra.
She's just what we need to get this party started.
The guys are in charge of hooking up with Alondra
and sorting the entertainment and I'm cooking up a surprise of my own
in the kitchen.
I'm making one of the Mum and Dad's favourite Mexican dishes -
delicious home-made enchiladas,
a super sweet and zingy salad made with prickly pears -
the fruit from cacti.
And a huge, top-secret anniversary cake.
It's going to be a 20-layer rainbow tower.
One layer for each year they've been married.
First, make enough cake mix for five large sponges. Add butter,
sugar and cream together.
So, you're looking for it to all come together
and be nice and fluffy.
Next, put in six eggs...
..450g of plain flour...
But slowly and not all at once,
otherwise it will all come out and make a huge mess
and Mum won't be happy.
Next, add 360ml of milk, salt,
baking powder and vanilla extract.
'Oh, no, Mum's coming!' Hey, Mum!
'I've got to keep my cake a secret.'
-Good, thanks, how are you?
-What are you up to?
-I'm just making cupcakes.
-Can I just have a little peek?
'Got away with that.'
That was close.
Now, to make the different coloured cake mixes.
So the first colour I'm going to do is a bit of purple,
yellow and green, red and finally, some blue.
And now time to mix them all.
It's a lot of mixing.
My arms are getting tired.
Next, pour the rainbow cake mixes into baking tins.
The colours look amazing.
Right, into the oven to cook.
The guys are heading to Mariachi Plaza...
Guys, stand in the middle.
..which is the heart of Mexican music in LA.
That's quite a good picture.
They're hoping to meet Alondra here, but before they do,
I need a bit of advice.
-Hey, guys. ALL:
Well, I've been making a special cake.
The 20-layered one?
Yeah. I need your opinion.
Should I put these on the top?
-What are they?
-It's a little Mummy and Daddy.
-Have fun. Love you.
-Hey, are you Alondra?
I'm Megan, it's nice to meet you.
It's our parents' 20th anniversary
and we were hoping you could help us.
Yes, yes, of course.
Alondra's a brilliant singer.
She was a quarterfinalist on America's Got Talent
and she knows where to get the best ice cream in LA.
May I please get the cookies and cream?
But, guys, you're supposed to be writing an anniversary song
for Mum and Dad...
Por favor dos mango smoothies.
..not treating yourselves!
We need to get you guys looking, like, proper mariachi.
Would you not say we look quite mariachi this morning?
-We need to get that suit on and that hair back.
We've got a lot of work to do.
Mmm, perfect. Take this out.
Leave to cool, make the frosting, and you're ready to go.
It's time to cut my cakes.
First, to make them neat, cut the top off each sponge
then slice in half.
Carefully does it.
There we go. That looks perfect.
I've got a few more cakes to cut but I'd better do it fast
before the pesky parents appear.
Ten layers of sponge and ten layers of frosting.
A layer for each year Mum and Dad have been married.
20 layers. I've never done a cake this high before.
Now, for the tricky part - building the giant rainbow tower.
Final layer of sponge.
And the final layer of frosting.
This isn't the Leaning Cake of Los Angeles, it's a Standing Up cake.
Putting the last few bits.
I've never sprayed a cake before.
You can make your cake really dramatic with edible sprays.
I love them.
It's quite weird, I've never seen a cake this colour.
Sure, it may look silver, but it's not,
it's definitely platinum.
Yes, got it finished without Mum and Dad seeing it.
Now, to hide it in the fridge.
Mariachi singers are famous for their brilliant clothes,
so Alondra is getting the guys kitted out.'
This is what I want to look like.
It's the number one in Mexico.
Jack, is that all you're wearing?
Hope they can sing as good as they look.
With my tallest cake ever hidden in the fridge,
it's time to crack on with the Mexican lunch.
I'm making enchiladas - one of Mum and Dad's favourites.
Which are sort of a Mexican comfort food.
OK, my meat is ready for my enchilada sauce...
-I need to get some water, please. Morning.
Why so flat like that? A morning's like a handshake.
Shake my hand. No, no, come on.
Shake... Shake my hand!
You're so naughty.
That smells nice. The meat looks a little bit grey. What is that?
This is my meat for my enchiladas.
Why no colour on the meat?
There is colour on the... You're so critical.
'The enchilada filling is minced beef, fried with onion,
'garlic and chilies.'
I'm going to get some water.
Don't go in the fridge. ALARM SOUNDS
Do not go in the fridge.
'I've got to stop him finding my cake!'
-Who's in there?
-No-one can fit in the fridge.
Knowing you, there's someone in there.
Please just turn around, close your eyes.
-Still or sparkling?
Right, enchiladas, what's the base?
So, this is an enchilada sauce and it's got my spices in.
-Look, stop, you're going to ruin it.
Just, if you want to be useful, please help with my enchiladas.
OK, I've got to go. Gym session. Upper body today.
Yeah, you need a bit of that, I'm not going to lie.
Excuse me, madam, where's your manners?
'With Dad safely out the way, it's back to my enchiladas.
'Onto a tortilla, add two spoonfuls of my meat.'
And then I'm going to roll it.
ALARM SOUNDS Stop.
-Could I have a colder water, please?
-Yes, of course.
Thank you. I obviously...
-I can't see anything.
-See you later.
-See you. He's so annoying.
I can't believe I managed to keep him away. That's a first.
'Roll each enchilada and put the join face down in the dish.'
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Perfect, all the Ramsays accounted for.
'Pour over home-made tomato sauce.'
This is going to give them extra, extra flavour.
Add grated cheddar cheese and pop in a hot oven for 20 minutes.
Look at the cheese bubbling round the outside.
I can put on my spring onion, some chopped up olives.
Time to get some photos for my blog,
which you can find on the CBBC website.
The Ramsay Bunch loves music but we're not that musical.
Guys, this is my good friend, Philippe.
Hi, pleased to meet you, Jack.
So Alondra's friend, Philippe,
has arrived to help the gang come up with a song.
Us Ramsays, we were thinking we'd shout the chorus...
-We can't sing.
-We'd shout the chorus.
But he's definitely got a tough job on his hands.
Let's just keep it basic with us.
-Let's just have one line that we can repeat.
-Ramsay Bunch. There we go.
-And then their greatest achievement.
-I'd say we're their greatest achievement.
As the Ramsay Bunch songwriters compose their smash hit...
..I'm making a deliciously zingy salad using a Mexican speciality
that grows on cacti, called prickly pears.
It used to have little prickles coming out of here,
but when they take them off the cactus, they take them off,
because they're very sharp.
First, carefully peel them.
I've got to try it.
It's Baloo from the Jungle Book's favourite fruit, you know.
Lovely. It's going to go great in my salad.
If Baloo's not one of your friends,
watermelon or kiwi fruit would work brilliantly, too.
Then, simply add cooked corn.
I've got my dressing over here which is oil, vinegar, lime,
coriander and then I'm going to put in my cotija cheese.
This is a Mexican cheese.
Cotija cheese is pretty difficult to get in Britain,
but goat's or feta are a brilliant alternative.
I'd better try tasting it.
Really good. I think I've pulled this one off, too.
The guys are back.
Time for the surprise party.
'But we've got to get Mum and Dad outside...'
'..without them seeing our party preparations.'
Go sit downstairs, please.
Tuxedos on, secret cake unveiled.
What is that? Oh, come on.
-Is this all for us?
Tilly, that's why we've been ushered out.
Here we go - the Ramsay Bunch serenade.
ALONDRA SINGS SLOW MARIACHI SONG
# 20 years ago... #
The Ramsay Bunch, the Ramsay Bunch.
This is how we got started. The Ramsay Bunch.
Are you singing there, Jack?
It's a poem. Poetic, poetic.
For the last 20 years, the man and the lady,
they've accomplished a lot,
but undoubtedly, their greatest achievement...
-..their four kids.
Thank you very much.
-Thank you and happy anniversary.
-Thank you, Philippe.
-Thank you so much.
Philippe has another gig to get to but Alondra's eating with us.
I love the top part of this as well.
See that colour. Delicious.
Really good dish.
So, Alondra, what do you think of Tilly's Mexican inspired food?
It's wonderful. It tastes amazing.
It reminded me of when my grandma would cook.
Jack, big enchilada fan?
-Massive enchilada fan.
-How was it, Meg?
It was really yummy. My favourite, I have to say though,
is the prickly pear salad.
-It's so light and refreshing.
-It's really good.
Naturally sweet as well.
Really good indeed. Love the olives. Makes it nice and salty.
The tomatoes, delicious.
Really good indeed. And that salad, what a lovely idea.
Now, seriously, that cake is huge.
OK, are you guys ready?
'It's going to be really tricky cutting a slice out of this.'
-Are you going to hit the bottom?
Oh, my goodness, look!
Tilly! That's amazing.
Seriously, honestly, like a rainbow.
-Lay it down.
-How incredible is that?
Right, here's to the next 20 years.
-A 40-layer cake!
'I can't wait to find out what Dad thought about my food today.'
If you'd have thought, 21st December 1996 at the Cafe Royal,
20 years later we'd be sat at the end of the garden
with four amazing kids, making one of the most fluorescent cakes
-I've seen in my entire life.
-Excuse me, chef-to-chef without me?
I've always wondered what goes on in these moments.
First of all, the enchiladas were delicious.
-Almost like a sort of Mexican equivalent of a lasagne.
Look at the colour of that. Beautiful.
Finally, you're understanding to caramelise things.
I've had 20 years of this, Tilly. 20 years!
I had 14 and that's enough.
Let's have a look at the salad.
Cos the colours of that prickly pear are beautiful.
Loved it. OK, let's get to the cake.
I mean, that is beautiful. Can I just say, when you lifted that slice
up, I was amazed you held it there.
THEY CLAP AND CHEER
-Anniversaries are very special.
You were a very special gift 14 years ago but fast track
to one day when potentially you'll have an anniversary,
-I'd like you to come and sit at the chef's table...
-Here we go.
No, in the kitchen, where I'll keep an eye on you and sort of
eat with you.
-Good night, everyone.
Hey, guys, what are we going to do for our 40th wedding anniversary?
Give you a free bus pass.
Take you for a day out from the old people's home.
-Good night, everyone.
Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch are in sunny LA, the city that loves to party, having a summer to remember. To celebrate dad Gordon and mum Tana's 20th wedding anniversary (yep, 20 years!), Tilly is preparing an amazing Mexican feast and the biggest cake she's ever made.
To throw the ultimate surprise party for mum and dad, Tilly, Megan, Holly and Jack are going with a major Mexican theme - amazing costumes and a special guest appearance from a brilliant 13-year-old mariachi singer. On the menu is Gordon and Tana's favourite Mexican dish, enchiladas, as well as a zingy prickly pear salad. And to top off the fantastic meal is Tilly's huge 20-layer rainbow tower cake, one layer for each year mum and dad have been married. But with dad determined to find out what's on Tilly's secret menu, she's going to have to be extra secretive to make sure the surprise isn't ruined!