Thursday, 3 October 2013

Birthday time!

So it was my mums birthday a couple of weeks ago and I decided to make her a cake - I say decided, it's kind of expected these days. Not that I mind. 

Anyway this is going to be a quick post because I don't have much time but here are some pictures: 

It was a lemon cake with lemon buttercream - I'm sure there's that recipe here? Not that it matters because nobody reads this but oh well. Lemon is my favourite. Anyway, that's it! I'm off now, bye!

Abbie x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Triple rainbow chocolate cake!

Wow, it has been so long since my last post! I'll start with an update- I am now 17 years old and currently doing A-Levels at school. I still do baking, just not as often now, too much school work! But I made a cake yesterday, and I thought I would share that and a few other baking projects I've done since leaving this blog so enjoy!

Firstly, here's the cake that I was baking until 1am last night, and decorated this morning: 

Excuse the photos, the iPhone 3GS isn't known for its camera quality right? So this was the cake after I'd crumb coated it, so the icing isn't perfect and especially not even (the icing used was Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing, one pot managed to fill the layers and crumb coat the outside). 

Final product 

And then you cut into it and... Eighteen layers of rainbow goodness! Each little layer took ten minutes to bake and we had three tins, which is why it took so long! I kept the decoration simple because it was the inside that needed the attention, and I also didn't have much time!

And here is the first slice! 

I am so pleased with this cake, and it was definitely worth the time and effort! Here are the ingredients:

16 ounces of butter or margarine (I used Stork) 
16 ounces of self-raising flour
16 ounces of sugar (yes I know, it's basically asking for diabetes)
8 eggs
2 1/2 TABLESPOONS of vanilla essence 
1 and a half tubs of Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing 
Americolor gel food colouring in super red, orange, egg yellow, leaf green, blue and purple (sorry I can't remember the names of these).

To make the cake - 

1./ cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk 
2./ add one egg at a time (already whisked with a fork) and with it add one tablespoon of flour, whisk until mixed. Repeat this with the rest of the eggs.
3./ add the rest of the flour, and whisk.
4./ separate the cake mixture evenly into six bowls and add a couple of drops of food colouring to each bowl so you have each colour and make sure they are fully mixed.
5./ grease three cake tins, and divide one colour into the three tins
6./ bake at 170 degrees Celsius (fan) for 10 minutes
7./ repeat with each colour
8./ leave cakes to cool
9./ spread a very thin layer of icing on each cake build it up until all the layers are used
10./ spread a thin layer of icing on the top of the cake and round the sides (don't mind the crumbs showing in the icing) and chill for twenty minutes until the icing has set.
11./ take the cake out of the fridge and add another layer of icing so that the cake is all covered and even this with a spatula
12. / add any decoration you want and enjoy! 

Well this has been fun, I may start uploading again! Bye! 

Abbie x