It is tradition in our family that on your birthday the whole family comes round – that means Grandma, Grandad, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters, the lot – for a slice of Birthday Cake and a cup to tea.
There’s nothing better on your birthday than having all of your friends and family close to celebrate with and our family came round to celebrate my Dad’s birthday just yesterday.
As per usual, I was in charge of the cake. I’ve only recently started to get a bit more creative with my decorating so I wanted to try something with a bit of contrast and that showed a little more skill. So, using my icing skills from my job at Thorntons, I used contrasting white and blue butter cream to pipe a happy birthday message and the Tottenham Hotspur Cockerel on to the top of his Birthday Cake. I also piped stripes around the outside of the cake. My Dad absolutely love his Birthday Cake!
- 150g Self-raising flour
- 150g Caster sugar
- 150g butter/margarine
- 3 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 (160 C), and get out two 18-inch sandwich tins and grease them thoroughly (or alternatively line with grease proof paper.
- Next cream together the butter and the sugar. Make sure you do this thoroughly and wait for the mixture to turn a much paler, creamier yellow. It will then be really soft to the touch.
- Beat the eggs up and slowly add them to the butter and sugar mix, only a little bit at a time. Whisking the mixture together thoroughly in between each addition.
- If you add too much too quickly the mixture may curdle but don't panic! Keep whisking, if that doesn't help a pinch of flour should do the trick!
- Next sift the flour and the salt into your bowl! All at once! And gently combine the mixture folding lots of big air bubbles in. Make sure there are no hidden clumps of flour and that the mix is thoroughly combined.
- Divide between the two, and gently push the mixture to the edges to get a nice flat surface, perfect for decorating!
- Cook in the centre of the oven for 30mins.
- Once they are a nice golden brown colour you know they are done! But just to be safe poke with a knife or metal skewer - if it comes away dry you know they are ready!
- Pop on a cooling rack to cool before decorating.
But, its not all about the decoration. a good Birthday Cake has to taste as good as it looks… This Birthday Cake is sandwiched together with a thin layer of smooth jam. (If you want to be extra decadent you can put in whipped, or butter cream with the jam as well!)
The cake went down a treat and as it is my Nan’s birthday next month I expect she will want me to bake her a cake too!