So here we are again and, yes, there's more cake.
My boy had his birthday party a little early with some school friends. I made a large cake for them all to enjoy which hopefully you have read about in my most recent post. It was his actual birthday in the Easter holidays and I simply couldn't let him not have a cake on his actual birthday.
I had to think long and hard about which second cake to make for him. Sure, he would always love a Star Wars cake but he had a hint of that in his joint cake. He would always be pleased with a superhero cake - but again, been there, done that.
I decided theme wasn't the key this year but fun certainly was! My boy loves him some Smarties and that's where it all began. I'm not usually one for trends or fads in the baking world but this time I had to go trendy (yep - I'm so old now that I use words like trendy which are so totally not trendy in any way!)
Here we are then -------- a rainbow, skyscraper, pinata cake. Everything that my boy adores - purple, cake, smarties....you get the drift.
I whipped up an all in one Victoria sponge mix which I use all the time - holla at me if you would like the recipe. Normally, I would always use golden sugar but in this instance it is advisable to use white sugar (I know - shit right?) because it makes your cake mix nice and pale so that it takes the colour in a true way rather than with a tinge.
I divided it by eye into six bowls and then added the colour. Gel colour for the win. Doesn't dilute the mix and make it too sloppy. Easy to build for the desired shade. Come on - you know by now that gel colour is the only way to go right?
|Red and yelloe and pink and green (there's seriously no pink!)|
Once the colour is mixed in well it's time to pop the mixture into the pre-greased pans. I actually bought a set of 6inch cake pans for this cake. I normally wouldn't and then would bake cakes in batches as I have two of pretty much every size for making layer cakes. It felt truly luxurious to have the proper "kit" for once instead of making do!
Ta - DA!!!!! Here's the finished cake. I layered it with vanilla buttercream, crumb coated it, left it to dry and then fully iced it with the buttercream. Much as I love a cream cheese icing or any flavoured icing over a plain vanilla buttercream I had to choose what my boy would love and plus the pale colour of this icing really helps the colour of the cakes to pop when you cut into it.
Howe cute are these star and letter candles which we bought randomly in our local newsagent a couple of years ago?!
There you have it. Not the most fancy creation in the world but it was yummy and moist and the colours were fab! I used actual Smarties for the inside and I decorated the outside with slightly smaller, fake ones which I had got from a cake decorating shop a while ago.
When my boy saw this cake his jaw dropped and he literally fell to the floor, completely silent. This was quite a dramatic and hilarious reaction - just the sort of thing I would expect from my boy. He's super awesome after all.
A yummy cake which packed lots of fun was shared by all of our friends and family.
Two cakes....one birthday. Done for another year. Deets on request.
Much love. Goodnight.