This is a very easy tray bake/birthday cake/bake sale type of cake. I made two this morning for my son’s birthday party tomorrow, but they are so easy you could easily rustle one up as a pud or a snack.
To make the cake, I preheated the oven to 160ºC and greased/lined a 20x20cm baking tin. Then I mixed together (I used kitchenaid with paddle) 110g self-raising flour, 110g caster sugar, 110g softened unsalted butter, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract (don;t smash it on the kitchen floor like I did…). Whizz it all together and spoon into the pan. Try to level it out as best you can and get it into the corners properly. Bake for 16 minutes then turn out, top side down onto a wire rack to cool. This gives you a nice flat surface for your icing to go on.
My husband loves carrot cake, so what better thing to bake him for his birthday cake? As aforementioned, we are going to be cupcaked out by the end of next week, so I thought it would be better to make his cake a bit different from the endless sponge that is to come go for something he’ll enjoy. I hope. This is a new recipe for me and involves a triple layering. Not for the faint-hearted! Or for the poor in skill (that’ll be me then…).
As you will see from the photos, icing is not my forte. Especially a triple layered cake. The only other attempt I made at one of these was exactly the same, a big splotty cakey version of The Leaning Tower of Pisa! Possibly I should level off my my cakes before I ice them, but that would mean a lot of nifty and straight knife work. Anyway, I ploughed onward iced each layer with 1/4 of the icing then used the last quarter for the sides. I ended up with a somewhat wonky, but nevertheless iced cake adorned with walnuts and shortly afterwards a plastic golfer and three birthday candles.
It’s competition day. That is, ‘send your child in with cakes for their birthday and out-do all the other mums’ day. I am mildly competitive. OK, very. So adorned in my fav Cath Kiston apron (yes, I have two!) I set about making lemon cupcakes for my son to take into school. Thier elegance was somewhat dampened by the football cake cases into which they nestled their lemony bottoms, but nevertheless they held their own.