So yesterday was my little one’s 4th birthday, and she is as she is obsessed with Olaf from Frozen I decided to rise to the challenge and make her a birthday cake with her favourite snowy friend.
I have always made my home made sponge using a traditional recipe of equal parts sugar, marge , flour and 3 eggs. However I find this does not give a very good rise on the cake and that it does not cook very well when all dumped into one pan. So I searched the internet for a different recipe for the sponge, one that would cook properly when all in one pan. I used this recipe. Cake Recipe (the one typed in the blog, not from the video)
However as I only have one 7 inch tin I made one cake on Sunday evening, and then another one on Monday morning. While I was waiting for the second cake to cool I put a thin layer of strawberry jam in the top first cake for the filling (I actually had the cake upside down as this gave a more level surface to work on )
Next I made some butter cream, for this I used a new product that is available from Stoke. It is a marge and butter blend, making it not a soft as normal marge and less stiff then regular butter. It still goes solid if left in the fridge so I had left it out over night to let it soften.
I blended the Icing Sugar and butter together with an electric hand whisk cos I am impatient. I then spread it over the top of the jam on the cake, using a spatula to get a even spread without contaminating the butter cream with the jam.
Once the other cake had cooled it was time to get it out of the tin. I had to use a pallet knife to get it out even though I use those expandable cake tin, as I had over done it a bit. but I placed the second cake on top of the first and ran the pallet knife round the edge to make sure they were level.
I don’t know about you but my oven (even though it is a fan oven) has one area that does not get as hot as the rest and so I had slightly wonky cakes where they had not risen as much on the cool side so I made sure I put the bigger side of one cake to smaller side of the other, so that top was flat and the end result was even.
I then covered the cake in the thinest possible layer of jam. I don’t boil my jam before coving the cake to ice it as I have LeCruse Cast Iron pans and it is impossible to get the jam off of the bottom of them and I always end up with a sticky mess.
The cake ended up staying at this stage until the evening as I had run out of icing sugar. But I did dye my icing and rapped it in cling film to keep for later. I used shop bought ready to roll white icing as I can’t be bothered to make my own. I still ended up having to go back to shop again, as I made a mess of the fist peace of blue icing and had to go get some more.
Using an image form the internet for a guide I pained a green section on the blue to be grass, then got out my garlic press and pressed some icing though to make 3d grass. Then I made a rug by painting stripes of a rectangular peace of white icing, with I the laid on the cake, I put the grass around the rug making sure not to squish it all together. and then on to the snowman. Olaf was some what tricky and I could not get the mouth right but with a little help from my partner I got there in the end.
And so we have the result of all my hard work.
suffice to say I had one very happy little girl.