If you’ve been following my blog in the last couple of months then you will have noticed that i’ve been doing the odd afternoon baking post. I LOVE cake and just can’t get enough of it.. I literally have a second stomach for it, oh wait that might just be my little cake shelf *hides*.
For Scarlett’s first birthday my husband baked her a 6 tier rainbow cake and it was INCREDIBLE, my baking skills are somewhat poor with my cakes tending to be hit and miss so I set myself a challenge to make my own rainbow cake and it was an absolute success! So here is the recipe I used so you can bake your own.
For the cake
350g self raising flour
3tsp baking powder
350g soft soft unsalted butter
350g caster sugar
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
splash of milk
For the frosting
100g unsalted butter, soft
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
600g icing sugar, sifted
- Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and begin prepping your cake tins, for this I just grabbed mine from Poundland and some pre cut circle baking sheets which work a treat in them, saves a lot of fuss.
- Cream your butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Once your butter is light and fluffy add your eggs in one at a time.
- Begin to add your flour a little bit at a time with your hand mixer on slow, then add your baking powder and vanilla extract.
- Depending on how thick your mixture is add a splash of milk so it’s the correct consistency.
- Divide your cake mixture into six bowls, I did mine a heaped table spoon at a time to each bowl.
- Add your food colouring to each of the separated cake mixtures, for this I used Sugarflare gels they work wonders.
- Once your colours are mixed add them into your cake tins.
- Now it’s time to bake your cakes, I do mine 3 at a time for 15-20 minutes, prick your cakes with a cocktail stick to make sure they are fully baked, if there is mixture sticking to the stick then pop them back in for a couple more minutes.
- Once all baked leave them to fully cool down before frosting.
- Whilst your cakes are cooling now it’s time to make up your frosting, add your butter and cream cheese together combining it, once that’s done your can add your icing sugar in a little bit at the time until you get a thick consistency. Add it to the fridge to chill.
- Once all the cakes have cooled it’s time to assemble, add a small blob onto the centre of your cakes spreading it thinly and add your next layer, repeat this until your cakes are assembled.
- Crumb coat your cakes by applying a layer of frosting around the sides of your cakes which will fill any gaps. Chill for a hour after this.
- Apply a thick coat of frosting to your cake and using a side scraper even it out.
What’s your favourite type of cake?
Everyone loves tea and cake right?! I know I definitely do, in fact it’s probably a little obsession of mine which doesn’t do too well for the waist line. So when the opportunity arose to raise awareness for the charity Marie Curie who are currently running their new campaign ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’ obviously I said yes!
If you’ve never heard of the Marie Curie before then they care for people who are living with terminal illness and their families, the nurses and other professionals at Marie Curie offer expert care, guidance and support allowing them get the most from their time they have left.
As mentioned above the Marie Curie charity are currently raising funds with their current campaign ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’, with your help by hosting your own tea party whether it be at home, work or in the community it can raise money to keep providing the outstanding care to those in need. When a tea party comes to mind straight away I think mini sandwiches, Victoria sponge and scones, so below is a recipe for a classic Victoria sponge to give you a helping hand for your own tea party.
Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe
300g Self Rising Flour
300g Caster Sugar
300g Unsalted Butter (softened)
4 Large Eggs
Splash of milk
Icing Sugar For Dusting
250ml Extra Double Cream
- Preheat your oven on 190C/Gas mark 5.
- Place your softened butter and caster sugar into a bowl and beat until a pale creamy consistency.
- Gradually add eggs in one at a time, beating them.
- Fold in your flour and mix well.
- Divide the mix into three tins, or two if you wish. Place into your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Check that the mixture is fully cooked, you can do this by popping a knife into the centre, if no mixture is on the knife then it’s ready, if not pop it in for 5-10 more minutes.
- Take out of the oven and allow to fully cool before assembly.
- Spread your choice of jam over the cake and top with your whipped cream.
- Sandwich your cakes together, if you wish place fruit on top and dust with icing.
What are you waiting for? Eat your body weight in cake and raise some money for a good cause! You can grab your fund raising pack over at Marie Curie’s website. Good luck fund raising!
Afternoon baking is becoming a weekly occurrence which isn’t always the best thing especially for my waist but sweet stuff such as cake and chocolate is always my weakness *hides away*, it just tastes so so good. This week as easter is fast approaching me and my lady baby decided to whip up some mini egg chocolate cornflakes which are super quick and easy to make, below is the recipe.
50g butter 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks, 3 tbsp golden syrup, 100g cornflake & 1 packet of mini eggs
1. Melt your butter, chocolate and golden syrup on low heat in a bowl over a saucepan, allow to cool for a couple of minutes once ready.
2. Stir all your ingredients together until chocolate covers all of your cornflakes and then spoon the mixture into your cupcake cakes. Add your mini eggs on top of your cornflakes.
3. Pop your chocolate cornflakes into the fridge to set.
With my never ending obsession with sweet stuff each year I look forward to Pancake Day, with this month feeling like it’s flown by it feels like it’s come around a lot quicker *yay*. I never feel like crepe pancakes are enough unless it’s a stack of about 10.. yes I know i’m a greedy chops, so american pancakes are always my favourite. I grabbed the recipe off BBC Good Food which is pretty fool proof so anyone should be able to make these.
135g/4¾oz plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, 2 tbsp caster sugar, 130ml/4½fl oz milk, 1 large egg, lightly beaten, 2 tbsp melted butter (allowed to cool slightly) or olive oil, plus extra for cooking & choice of toppings.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.
Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.
Serve with toppings.
What’s your favourite pancake topping?