Everyone loves colour, right? Well I definitely do, and I love to incorporate it in any way into my baking.
For my friend’s birthday of course I had to make a cake but he has a 5 year old son so I wanted to make it kid-friendly. I think I maybe went a little overboard, because his son thought it was a cake for him!
I decided on making a simple sponge cake with a butter cream frosting and having some extra fun with the decoration!
It wasn’t until I went shopping that I decided on the final decoration, but sometimes I find that makes things so much more fun because you can have all the options of the confectionary aisle in front of you! I just have to be careful to remember I’m there with a purpose and not going on a shopping spree.
So apart from pacing up and down the confectionary aisle, what did I actually buy for my cake?
- 200g unsalted butter (this will need to be soft when you use it, so leave it out of the fridge before baking)
- ¾ caster sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups self-raising flour
- Food colouring (I got one of those packets that have red, green, blue and yellow)
For the decoration...
- 125g butter (this will also need to be soft)
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Big packet of Smarties! (yaayyy!)
Back home, trying not to eat all the Smarties, and its time to bake J You will need a cake tin and four bowls, one bigger one for all the mixing and three smaller ones.
1. Get the oven going to 180 degrees Celcius and grease the cake tin
2. In the larger mixing bowl, add butter and sugar and beat them together until they are nice and creamy
3. One at a time, add the eggs and gently beat
4. Mix in the vanilla extract
5. Gently fold in the flour until all combined (I like to do the flour ½ cup at a time for a smoother consistency, and less mess)
That’s the batter done, but I added a surprise on the inside for some extra fun.
1. Split the batter into the four bowls. This doesn’t have to be perfectly even so I just eyeballed it.
2. One bowl at a time, add the food colouring! Just one drop of food colouring can go such a long way so start with just a few drops, stir the mixture till the colour is evenly throughout the whole batter.
3. If you want a darker/brighter colour, add some more drops and stir again. You can obviously mix the food colouring to create different colours, just keep the ratio of colour the same each time until you reach the desired colour.
When you are happy with the colours, it’s time to grab the cake tin. There are two ways you can put the coloured batters into the tin so I will explain both. I’ll start with the one that I did.
I decided to have layers to my cake but I didn’t want them to have clean lines, so I baked them all in the one tin. (If you want clean lines, bake each layer in a separate tin)
1. Pick the order that you would like the layers in and pour the first colour into the tin
2. Gently pour in the next layer while moving the bowl around so that the batter is poured in a roughly even layer
3. Add the remaining layers, one at a time, pouring slowly and carefully
4. Move the cake tin into the oven and set a timer for 30-35 minutes. When the cake is ready, it will spring back when gently poked in the middle.
5. Remove from the oven and leave for 5 minutes to cool before removing the cake from the tin and leaving it on a cooling rack until cooled completely.
The other option for combining the batters is to swirl them together with a skewer.
1. Pour each batter into four separate parts of the tin
2. Using a skewer, gently move the batter around and swirl the colours together. Be careful not to mix the batters together as this will change the colours
3. When you are happy with the look, put the cake tin in the oven for 30-35 minutes. You will know it is ready when you gently poke the centre and it springs back
4. Take the cake from the oven and leave it to cool for 5 minutes before removing the tin and setting the cake aside on a cooling rack.
I chose to do a very simple white buttercream for my icing and then cover the cake in Smarties.
The buttercream is made like this...
1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is pale
2. Slowly add small amounts of icing sugar and milk while still beating
3. Keep beating until the mixture has reached a light fluffy consistency
When the cake is fully cooled, transfer it to your serving plate. This will save you making a mess after you have finished icing.
Using a knife or a spatula, generously cover the top and sides of the cake with icing.
Now add your decoration! I chose to do circles of Smarties, with each circle being the same colour. This is veeerry fiddly but I love the finished product. If you are going to do the same thing, start with the outside circle and work inwards, this will help you keep with the shape of the cake and hopefully end up in the centre!
What do you think? My friend and his son loved it!
Let me know what you think and I would love to see your photos either below or over on my Instagram @nerdylittlebaker