Back with the final part of the birthday blogs and today’s will be the Birthday Cake!
I didn’t want to just do a plain sponge birthday cake for my sister so I decided to have a little twist in it. I made a 3 layer sponge 2 being vanilla sponge and the middle one being chocolate, but not only that I decided to make it a piñata cake so it was filled with smarties and skittles.
- Preheat your oven to 190°C and line 3 round tins with greaseproof paper.
- You will need two vanilla sponges so you can either make two mixes separately or one double mix and split it. The first step is to mix the butter and the sugar together until the mix is light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs to the mix one at a time and mix until smooth then stir in the vanilla.
- Sift in the flour and mix it well, once you’ve done that you can put it into the cake tins.
- Next for the chocolate cake do the exact same method you did for the vanilla sponge but once you get to adding in the flour also sift in the cocoa powder. Then put that mix into the cake tin.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Luckily I managed to fit all three tins into the oven so I didn’t have to wait longer to start decorating.
- Add the butter to a bowl and mix it a little just to soften it
- Add the icing sugar a little at a time until all the icing sugar is mixed into the butter.
Once your cakes have all cooled you can now start to assemble it!
- Take the chocolate sponge, because that will be the centre cake, using a large cookie cutter cut out a circle in the centre of the cake. Now you can eat the bit that you’ve taken out of the middle.
- Take one of the plain sponge cakes and place it onto a plate or a cake board whatever you prefer. Place a spoonful of the buttercream and spread it over the top of the cake.
- Spread a thin layer of jam around the outside of the cake then place the chocolate cake on top of that. Now you want to add the skittles and smarties into the hole.
- Once you’ve done that you want to add buttercream and jam around the outside leaving the gap with the sweets in it clear. Next add the last sponge cake on top of that.
- Add a thin layer of buttercream all over the cake, this is known as the crumb coat, then put that into the fridge for about 10 to 20 minutes to harden up the buttercream. After that add another layer and put it back into the fridge for another 10 minutes.
- While you are waiting dust the counter top with icing sugar and roll out the roll out icing until its about 1cm thick.
- Take your cake out of the fridge and carefully add the icing on top of the cake. Using your hand smooth the icing out around the sides of the cake and trim the edges at the bottom.
- Using any spare icing split it into half and colour one half with yellow food colouring and the other half with red (I recommend wearing gloves because you will get covered in colouring and it stains).
- Using cookie cutters cut out shapes to add onto the cake. Once you’re happy with them you can stick them to the cake with a little bit of water.
After the long process we are done!
This is how the cake looked when it was cut and had a slice taken out. It tasted great and everyone loved it.
I hope you enjoyed this Birthday week blog, to finish it off here is a picture of me and the birthday girl on her day !
I’ll see you next week,