Wednesday, 6 August 2014


So I know that this blog is purely for the fashion obsessive, but I thought I would branch out a little this week and mix things up. I baked this cake for my little friend Debs big 30th birthday last week and was extremely smug about how well it turned out (it's very Instagram worthy AND tasted pretty good) so I thought I would share a little 'how to.' I couldn't cook a meal to save my life but I'm not a terrible baker and find it very therapeutic.

I can't pretend that this is all my doing. My bestest chum is the most amazing chef/baker and over the years I've watched her create masterpieces in the kitchen and she teaches me as she goes (in exchange for fashion advice - I've recently trained her up on the importance of never wearing a wedge.) She made this cake a while ago for my sisters birthday and it was surprisingly easy (for her...) so I thought I would give it a whirl. I used her recipes combined with Google for some extra tips. My first attempt took a very long time, but I learnt along the way and if I was to do it again it would be very simple 

I took (terrible) photos as I went along as I always think having visuals makes it easier to copy. 
For the sponge I used a cupcake recipe and tripled the quantity which worked out to be the perfect amount.  For the icing I used a cream cheese icing recipe as I find normal icing too sweet and sickly. I am normally really lazy when following recipes and never a perfectionist. I always wish recipes would come with a summary... so here is my summary for this.


1. Make batter
2. Divide batter into 5 bowls of same size
3. Drop half a teaspoon of different food colouring in each bowl and mix until you get correct colour. 
3. Pour each coloured batter into round baking tins that you have lined with baking paper.
4. Cook for about 12-15 minutes on 180 degrees
5. Make icing - leave in fridge to harden for 20 minutes.
6. Let each sponge cool COMPLETELY.
7. Decide colour order then ice top of each layer and stack on top of each other.
8. Smother icing over entire cake (easiest using a spatula.) Leave for half hour in cool dry place so icing hardens a little.
9. Smother another layer of icing over entire cake - this ensures cake goes very white and icing is thick enough so you can't see the mess underneath!
10. Decorate as you like.

A couple of tips....

 * Remember that the food colouring always looks MUCH brighter before it goes in the over. On my first attempt the yellow and green came out the over looking the same colour. I recommend using food colouring gels/pastes rather than the normal liquid colouring. Sainsburys now do gels or you can get them on Ebay. I ended up using gel for the top 2 layers (purple and green) and the usual colourings for the rest and you can see the difference above. 

* Once you take the sponges out of the over, let them cool down completely. This stops the icing from melting, which then stops each layer from sliding off.

* I made a stencil to decorate the cake. It was very simple - 
I got a piece of paper, drew a circle on it the size of the baking tin so I knew how big I could go. I pencilled on what I wanted to write, cut out the stencil and then sprinkled the, er, sprinkles over the stencil. You can see in the image below that I kept the entire piece of paper covering the entire cake so it would keep the rest of the cake sprinkle free. 

Recipe and ingredients

375g - Soft butter (Debbie says you should ALWAYS use unsalted butter)
3 tsp - Vanilla essence
306g - Caster Sugar
6 - Eggs
190g - Self Raising Flour
1 cup - Milk

Beat butter, vanilla essence and sugar together in large bowl.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
Stir in flour and milk gradually.

300g - Soft butter (don't forget - unsalted!)
90g - Caster Sugar
600g - Full fat cream cheese

Place softened butter in a large bowl with sugar.
Beat together until light and creamy (2-3 minutes)
Then beat in cream cheese until smooth. 

It looked really messy as I started to layer it up... luckily you can cover the mess with the icing.

Left: One layer of icing. Right: 2 layers of icing.


The stencil, sprinkles and mammoth candle fountains I found in John Lewis. I was very particular about all the colours matching.

Apart from my shoe cupboard, this is my favourite cupboard in my house. 

Let me know how you get on if you try it! If you need any help then feel free to leave a comment here or tweet me @GemmaRoseBreger.

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