I made this for my Great Niece’s 4th Birthday Party
Ingredients for the cake
350g caster sugar
350g self raising flour
6 Tbsp strawberry jam
Pre heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Line three 8ins sponge tins and grease one 1lb pudding bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.
Add the egg’s one at a time beating a little after each addition.
Sift the flour into the mixture and beat well.
Divide the mixture between the three tins and the bowl.
Bake what you have in the tins for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and golden brown, then put the pudding bowl of mixture in and bake on a lower shelf for approximately 55 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure it’s cooked through, if longer time is needed you can cover it with foil to prevent any burning of the top.
Leave all to cool completely.
Once cooled, using a 2ins plain biscuit cutter, cut a hole through the middle of all four cakes.
Ingredients for the buttercream frosting
2 tsp vanilla extract
1Kg icing sugar, sifted
food colouring of your choice
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and continue beating until the buttercream is smooth and creamy. Add food colouring a drop at a time, beating well after each addition until you have the required colour.
To construct the cake
Spread jam on one sponge, buttercream on the second sponge and sandwich them together, then repeat using the third sponge. Repeat again, ending up with the pudding basin shaped sponge turned upside down as the top of the cake.
Cover the whole thing with a light covering of buttercream and leave in the Fridge for an hour.
Wrap the doll in cling film, this saves her getting covered in cake crumbs and buttercream. Then place her in the middle of the cake.
Spread more buttercream all over the cake. Using a small round ended/butter knife make swirls all over the dress to give it a pattern.
Using a star nozzle, pipe star’s around the base and top of the dress.