Traditional Vanilla Birthday Cake:
- 200g (1cup) butter,softend
- 380g (2 cups) sugar
- 4 eggs
- 210g (1&1/2) cups all-purpose flour
- 210g (1&1/4) cups self-rising flour
- 250ml milk (1cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Pre-heat your oven to 350F/180C
1. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating until incorperated.
2. Add the milk, alternating with the flours. Then add the vanilla extract.
3. Bake for 1 hour and ten minutes (if you are baking it as a whole batch in a semi-sphere) If you bake it in 3 normal 9-inch baking pans, bake for 20-25 minutes.
- 400g powdered sugar
- 200g butter
- 150g chocolate, melted and cooled
1. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
2. Then add the cooled chocolate and mix until combined and no streaks remain.
- 450g powdered sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon glucose
- Food Coloring
Combine all the ingredients and use an electric mixer to combine until a ball forms.
Roll it out using cornstarch-This is important or else you'll end up with cracks and holes in the fondant like I did!
It looks quite awful as you can probably see from the picture. And it isn't just a cake with imperfections that only the cake maker sees because they made it. The dark chocolate butter cream blotches really show from far away. Not that it matters too much because people are always glad when you bake something for them. No matter how ugly this turns out I'm sure my friend Olivia would have been glad to get a cake anyway. (No matter how bad you are at baking, people will appreciate it-don't forget) Next time I'll know what to do so it doesn't end up like this. 'Experience is the name people give their mistake'-Oscar Wilde