I missed so many birthdays in the states that I wanted to start out by saying happy birthday to Allyson, Ashley, and Lizzy! I miss you both! Imagine this cake was for you!
On a side note- The lovely Ashley turned 21 this past Friday and I am so happy I was able to celebrate it with you! I know that we can already legally drink in Wales so it was great to celebrate you being truly legal in the states! <3
Now on to the real reason for this post!— Cake!
Another birthday another cake. One of my new friends here had a birthday this past Sunday so I asked her if I could make her a cake. She requested marble (among others and I choose marble), and butter cream icing (my forever go to icing). This recipe comes courtesy of ‘BBC Good Foods’.
- 225 g butter
- 225 g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 225 g self rising flour
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder ( I added an extra third because I love chocolate)
- a pinch of salt.
Preheat oven to 180/190 C. Grease two sandwich pans. Combine sugar and butter until fluffy, and add eggs and beat one at a time. Add milk and vanilla. Slowly add self rising flour, and beat until combined. Sprinkle salt and fold in. Separate half the batter into another bowl.
- Add cocoa powder and fold in. 2 tbsp at a time drop vanilla batter and chocolate batter into the pans. Once all the batter has been used up take a tooth pick or knife and drag around to create a marble effect. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until you press the center and it bounces back.
I wrapped these up and put them in the freezer for a day, however they cool quite quick, and then decorated them.
I didn’t really use a buttercream recipe because it’s something I can make in my sleep! I started with about 300 g of unsalted butter (very important for it to be unsalted) added milk, vanilla extract, and icing sugar until I reached the consistency and flavor I wanted!
Thinking now a chocolate butter cream recipe would be great, if you prefer chocolate, (if I was making it for myself this what I would have done)
And this is the final result! I didn’t bring much from home other than clothes, but I did bring my pipping tools. I’m proud to add this one to the collection, it’s not my best but for what I had I think I did well!