Making Birthday Cake

Making Birthday cake

Ready, set, Bake

Birthday Cakes can be an expensive purchase! Doing a bit of research online and even birthday cakes from a supermarket can cost anything from £10 up to £50! That is a lot of money to spend on one purchase. Not to mention everything else you will need to get for the party.

So, lets consider baking and making birthday cake!

All ready I can hear the screams of dread. But, it really is easier then it sounds. Making birthday cake is a lovely thing to do especially if you are on budget, plus it is a lot of yummy fun and really adds something special.  Homemade cake is something really special. So a handmade birthday cake really is a lovely way to show someone how much you care about them.

I love to bake. I have grown up around baking and some of my earliest childhood memories are in the kitchen with my Grandma making birthday cakes, shortbread and a variety of other cakes and savoury items. Plus what ever cake we was making I always got to lick the bowl. For years she made my birthday cake – always the same cake. Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing sandwiched and on the top also. Was absolutely delicious and a memory that I still remember now – years later.

If you are new to baking or short of time or need something quick – I am a massive fan of the all in one method. Basically you stick all your ingredients in a bowl, give it a mix, put in a tin and into the oven and your pretty much done.

Here is a recipe for a Victoria Sponge that I have used many times.

making birthday cake - Victoria sponge

Ingredients

  • 225g baking spread
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour, sieved
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons jam of choice (for the filling)
  • 225g icing sugar, sieved
  • 85g butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170oC or Gas Mark 4
  2. Put all the sponge ingredients into a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes until smooth and combined
  3. Divide mixture between 2 greased and bottom lined 20cm/ 8 inch sandwich tins
  4. Pop into the middle of a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes until beautifully golden
  5. Turn out on to a cooling rack, remove the paper and leave to cool completely
  6. Make the butter icing by placing all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon
  7. Once cool, spread over the jam on one sponge and top with the vanilla buttercream and then place the other cake on top
  8. Sprinkle the top of the cake with icing sugar

This is a very easy sponge recipe. Tastes delicious and once candles are placed on top will be a serious showstopper.

The beauty of making your own cake is the possibility of so many different variations. Use lemon curd instead of jam for the filing or put fresh fruit in the middle. Strawberries or Raspberries would be delicious – or even a combination of the two.

Or how about placing the cake mixture not in sandwich tins but in a Swiss roll tin and  you have a tray-bake style cake. Bake the same way and then top with white icing and a selection of sweets, sprinkle and any favourite chocolate sweets. Ta-Dah a sweet sensation!

making birthday cake - traybake style
How “sweet” does this look?

What ever cake you decide to make, have fun, enjoy yourself and don’t forget to lick the bowl!

 

 

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