Today is my daughter's 11th birthday. Time to make a cake.
Something like this from One Charming Party.
My first thought on stumbling across this cake was not 'gosh my daughter will love that' but 'wow, what a great blog post that would make'. I showed the pictures to my daughter and she said it was a cool cake and that I should definitely take photos of it and put it on my blog. So, there you go, two birds and all that.
I made the cakes last week and put them in the freezer as recommended by the One Charming Party folks.
I made 8 layers. Two at a time using 7 inch sandwich tins. I used a two egg sponge mixture (four times) hoping that it would produce thin layers.
4 oz self-raising flour
4 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
I divided the the batter in two and coloured each half. My box of colours did not let me down.
The cakes emerged from the oven all looking a rather unappetising khaki. I could see, though, that this was just the outside, the crumb looked much more vivid.
This morning I made a large batch of vanilla buttercream.
18 oz icing sugar
9 oz soft butter
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
I removed the cakes from the freezer and stacked them one by one spreading buttercream between the layers. I took several pictures all of which are terrible. This one is the least terrible.
The stack of cakes was considerably taller than the one at One Charming Party. I thought my layers were thin enough, but evidently not. I tried trimming a couple of the thickest cakes. Now the cake was leaning. I toyed briefly with the idea of turning it into a Leaning Tower of Pisa cake, we were having pizza for dinner after all, there was a theme....
I'd used up my entire batch of icing. Another batch later and the cake was covered. I went for a textured effect rather than a smooth finish. For obvious reasons.
I had to remove a shelf from the fridge.
Taking photos of food under electric lights isn't ideal. The cake looked much more spectacular in real life.
Astonishment and applause all round.
We divided each slice into two, we aren't that greedy. Not quite.
The cake was good but I'd much rather eat the chocolate and apricot cake in my previous post any day.
One more edible spectacle in the shape of lollies brought by my sister-in-law who has a talent for finding unusual and original gifts.
Yup, scorpions in lollies. Younger son and daughter have eaten all of theirs. Elder son won't eat his because it is banana flavoured and he doesn't like bananas. He's quite happy to eat the scorpion, but bananas: no way.