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Rainbow Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting May 29, 2016

Rainbow

Made this for my Daughter’s Birthday. I used a cream cheese frosting because it’s not quite as sweet as a buttercream frosting.

I started by making 2 Victoria Sponge cakes.

 

Ingredients

350g butter, at room temperature

350g caster sugar

6 eggs, beaten

350g self raising flour

pinch of salt

Food colouring, preferably the gel type in red, yellow, pink, blue, orange, purple & green

 

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

340g cream cheese, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature

6 cups icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

 

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4

Now if you have them line 7, 20cm sponge tins with parchment. Otherwise do the same as I did & just keep on washing the tins you do have between each use.

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy.

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding it in.

I divided the mixture (as equally as possible) between 8 small dishes, & added a different colour to each of them except the last.

Place then on the same shelf in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until risen slightly, golden brown and begining to shrink from the sides of the tins.

Leave all the cakes to cool while you make the frosting.

Cream together the cream cheese & butter.

Mix in the icing sugar & vanilla.

Sandwich all the cakes (apart for the plain one, leave that on to one side for later) together with the frosting, keeping some back to cover the top & place in the fridge until ready to use.

Wrap the 8th cake in cling film & place in the freezer for a following recipe 😉

 

 

 

 

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3 Peaks Challenge Birthday Cake May 17, 2013

3 Peaks

Happy Birthday Paul!!

Thank’s to this fellow blogger for the recipe I used for the cake…http://andcute.com/

Also thank’s to my daughter, Alice for making the flags 😉

 

Ingredients

 

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup whole milk + 1 tbsp. vinegar (or buttermilk)

3/4 cup warm strong coffee

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Line a 9” by 13”  baking dish with parchment paper, so it hangs over the edges.

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4 1/2.

Whisk together the dry ingrdients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt).

Add wet ingredients (eggs, milk vinegar mix, coffee, vanilla extract) and blend together until well combined, this is quite a runny mixture.

Pour into baking dish. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

To make this cake I baked two of these, one for the base and I cut the other one into pieces to build the mountains.

 

I covered the cake with buttercream, also using it to stick the cut pieces of cake together to build the mountains.

 

For the buttercream

 

175g chocolate

225g butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp cooled, strong coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

 

Melt the chocolate, carefully in the microwave or in a basin over a pan of hot water, which I find is the safest way. Leave to cool slightly.

In a large bowl beat the butter, coffee, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth.

Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny to use, simply keep beating – this will thicken the buttercream and improve its consistency.

Once the cake was covered and the mountains put together with the buttercream and covered with buttercream, I coloured a small amount of ready to roll white fondant green and used my garlic press to make the grass.

I rolled more of the white fondant very thinly to make snow for the peaks of the mountains, before placing it onto the mountain peaks I sprayed it with silver shimmer.

 

 

 

 

Flowery 1st Birthday Cake September 2, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the cake I made for my youngest Granddaughter’s 1st Birthday

 

Ingredients for the cake

 

175g butter, room temperature

175g caster sugar

3 eggs

175g self raising flour

 

Filling for the cake

55g butter, room temperature

30ml milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar

 

To decorate the cake

1 Tbsp apricot jam

500g ready to roll fondant

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Line 2 20cm/8ins sponge tins with baking parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale in colour, light and fluffy.

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour a and add to the mixture, beat well.

Divide the mixture between the tins and smooth the tops over.

Bake for about 25 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

 

While they are cooling make the butter cream.

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the icing sugar and continue beating until the butter cream is smooth and creamy.

When the cake is cold, spread one with the jam, the other with the butter cream and sandwich together.

 

Knead the ready to roll fondant to soften it.

Roll out until it’s slightly larger than the cake. Heat the jam in the microwave for about 30 seconds and brush over the top of the cake, then place the rolled out fondant in place on the cake and smooth over to make sure there are no air bubbles underneath it.

You can then add whatever decorations you like. I used two different sized flower blossom plunger cutters. Attached the larger ones on top of the cake and the smaller ones around the side. To attach them I used a small dab of water then held each one in place for a few seconds. Then coloured a small amount of icing sugar yellow for the larger flowers on the top of the cake.

 

Crazy Caterpillar Birthday Cake June 20, 2012

This is a no-bake cake made from cake crumbs, home-made or bought. You can double the quantity for an extra large party, but remember the cake is rich and heavy in texture so you’ll only need to serve a small amount. One ball per person is more than enough!

 

First off you need to make a Truffle cake…it’s easy, unless your buying a ready made cake to use

 

Ingredients

175g/6oz plain sponge cake pieces

175g/6oz/2 cups ground almonds

75g/3oz/scant 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

5ml/1 tsp ground mixed spice

pinch of ground cinnamon

grated rind of 1 orange

45ml/3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

75ml/5 Tbsp clear honey

 

Method

Place the sponge cake pieces into the bowl of a food processor or blender (if your food processor isn’t working :-() and process for a few seconds to form fine crumbs.

Place the cake crumbs, ground almonds, sugar, spices, orange rind, orange juice and honey in a large bowl and stir well to combine into a thick, smooth mixture.

 

Now onto the Caterpillar Cake

 

Ingredients

1 quantity Truffle Cake mix

675g/1 1/2 lb white ready to roll icing or coloured ready to roll icing if you can find it

red, blue and yellow food colouring

small flower cutter

large flower cutter

 

Method

 

Using slightly damp hands, roll the truffle cake mixture into balls, slightly larger than the size of a walnut. Place them on a baking sheet as you make them, then cover with cling film and set to one side.

Divide the icing into three equal portions, then colour one portion red, one blue and one yellow. Remove a small amount of blue and yellow icing, to make the face features, and set aside, covered with cling film.

Roll each colour of icing into a sausage shape about 45cm/18ins long on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Make sure the sausage shape is even all the way along; if it breaks, compress the icing into a ball and start again.

Place the three long sausages side-by-side on the work surface. Starting at one end, hold them together firmly and start to turn them in a twisting motion – do not squeeze. Place the twist back on the work surface, then use a rolling pin to push and roll the twist gently until it’s flat and the colours have merged. It should now be 50cm/20ins long.

Lay the truffle balls along the length of the of the icing strip, then wrap the icing evenly around the balls, sealing the join by pinching the icing together. (An extra pair of hands would be really useful for the next stage) Turn the Caterpillar over so that the join is underneath, tucking in and cutting off any excess icing from the ends. Lift the Caterpillar onto your board or plate and position, curving it slightly.

Roll out the reserved blue and yellow icing thinly and use the flower cutters to make the eyes. Use a little water to stick the smaller one onto the larger one then a little water to stick the eyes into place. Roll a tiny bit of the icing into a small sausage shape and using a little water place on as the mouth

 

 

 

 
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