Since having children, I’ve become quite the little bake-off fan and love a culinary challenge. When my nephew was turning one, Aunty H wanted him to have a special cake so together we set to work to try and create a magical cake for a very deserving little guy. A first birthday is such a big milestone and gives any new Mummy a chance to bring family and friends together for one big celebration.
Please see below the recipe we used, which worked really well – thankfully!
Birthday Cake Recipe
200g Plain Flour
200g Self Raising Flour
350g Margarine or Butter. I use soft cooking margarine (Stork)
350g Caster Sugar
6 x medium free range eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
Pre-heat oven – 160 degrees in an electric fan oven (180 in non-fan), or Gas Mark 4.
Grease a round cake tin (8″ – 10″ in diameter).
Using a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla extract, and mix.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the 6 x eggs until consistent and add gradually to the large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the 2 x flours, and then gradually fold into the large bowl.
Once all well mixed, pour into the cake tin and smooth evenly.
Place in oven and leave for 45 minutes (don’t open the door during this period as it may cause the cake to flatten). Once 45 minutes are up, check the cake – it should be firm but springy to touch. Normally it needs about another 15 minutes. If the cake is ready, the knife you test with shouldn’t have any wet cake mixture on it.
Once cooked, leave for 5 minutes, remove from cake tin and leave to cool.
To level the cake, use a bread knife to cut the top off – trying to do so as evenly as possible. Don’t worry if it’s a bit uneven, as this will be on the inside when it comes to decorating (see below).
600g Icing Sugar, Sifted
300g Unsulted Butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Ready Rolled Royal Icing
2 x chocolate Flakes
2 packets of chocolate carrots bought from Sainsburys
Cream the icing sugar and butter together until smooth.
Split the butter icing into two equal portions. Add the green colouring in to one part (add in a tiny bit at a time until you are happy with the colour).
With a large knife cut the cake in to two halves and spread a generous amount of strawberry jam and sugar icing. Place the top back on the cake.
Using a spreading pallet cover the top of the cake with plain icing sugar. Then with the green go around the edge of the cake.
Using the ready rolled royal icing with a scalpel knife cut out some fencing to decorate around the edge of the cake.
With the left over green icing fill a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe onto the top of the cake to add detail. Then carefully place the cake on the center of the cake board (Make sure you get plenty of support under the cake when moving it). Decorate the base of the cake board with the green icing and pipe around the bottom.
Crush up the flakes and sprinkle across the top of the cake and around the base of the cake. Place carrots on top of the flake to give the look of them growing in the fields.
Peter Rabbit figures were bought on Amazon.com and can be placed to suit.
Baby O’s birthday was a great success and a day to be remembered. Everyone loved the cake and there will be many more wonderful days like this to come.
Happy 1st Birthday to the sweetest little man around. You bring so much joy and happiness to our lives and your cheeky grin lights up my days.
Love Mummy B