Baptism Cake – Butter Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Setting off on our 1700km road trip down to Victoria, we didn’t make any plans as to where we would stop, or how far we wanted to get each day.  The only deadline we had was that we needed to be in arrive by the Sunday morning (we left on Friday morning), as our boys were being baptised at the local church that morning.

Thankfully the boys were PERFECT (well, close enough anyway!) and we arrived a whole 24 hours before the baptism.  Although it was a small event, of course we needed a cake to celebrate!! In theory this gave me plenty of time to make and decorate one for them.

I decided to go with a simple butter cake, topped with butter cream – the same one I made for my sister’s baby shower.  I bought some very cute animal cake toppers from Coles, and also used smarties to decorate – I did need 2 large bags to get enough of the colours that I wanted!

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I only finished decorating the cake 10 minutes before we had to leave for Church as I had no little help from my husband who decided to go riding that morning and lost track of time – but let’s not even get me started on that!

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The cake was a big success, there was way too much for just seven adults, but Liam was more than keen to try some!

This is such a versatile and easy cake to make.  Even though you need to make two cakes to get the four layers, it still takes no time at all to put together.  After the stress of getting everyone and the cake ready, it was a very fitting way to end what turned out to be a beautiful day xx

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Throwback Thursday – Wholemeal Cinnamon Cake

Vanilla and Cinnamon – a winning combination in my opinion.  Whilst this isn’t a traditional tea cake, the taste and texture certainly reminded me of one.  The buttercream frosting was super simple to make and complemented the cake perfectly.  I omitted the sherry from the buttercream & went with vanilla instead.  Another great recipe from the McAlpins book.

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8 oz (2 teacups) wholemeal self raising flour

Pinch of salt

1 dessertspoon cinnamon

4 oz butter or margarine

5 oz sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

3 eggs

1/4 pint (6 tablespoons) milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

* Sift wholemeal flour, salt and cinnamon

  • Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup, beat in eggs gradually
  • Mix in sifted ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla essence
  • Turn into a greased 7 1/2 inch tin lined on the bottom with paper.
  • Bake in a moderate oven 50-60 minutes (I baked mine at for 30 minutes in a 160 degree fan forced oven)
  • When cold cover the top with butter cream and sprinkle with cinnamon

Butter Cream

5oz icing sugar

2 oz butter

sherry or vanilla flavouring

  • Sift sugar
  • Soften butter slightly and beat to a cream, using a wooden spoon (I chose to use my kitchenaid mixer!)
  • Add sugar by degrees, then flavouring, working in well.
  • Use as a filling or for piping on cake

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Baby Celebration Cake

Since my babies like to arrive earlier than expected, I’ve never had a baby shower.  I jinxed myself during my last pregnancy by having a morning tea to celebrate 31 weeks (the longest I have ever been pregnant!) – I was then admitted to hospital 5 days later and Aiden arrived a few days after that!

When my sister said she didn’t want a baby shower, I was a little disappointed, but respected her decision.  I did still want to do something special for her.  She has been amazing over the past couple of years, dropping everything to fly up and help us out when I’ve been pregnant/in hospital, and I was looking forward to having an opportunity to repay some of the massive debt we owe her.  It’s quite likely her little bub will be arriving a few weeks earlier than expected, so we took the opportunity to arrange a surprise family lunch for her this weekend.

As with any kind of celebration, it’s not complete without a cake and I was keen to try something new.  I’ve always thought rainbow cakes look impressive, and to go with the baby theme I thought pink and blue layers (she hasn’t found out what she is having – much to my frustration!) would look good.

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I was really happy with how the cake turned out. I was a little worried about how I was going to put it together, but it was surprisingly easy.  I kept the decorations simple and just used smarties (only needed 2 bags to get enough pink and blue ones), but you could jazz this up as much as you want.

Loving the layers

Loving the layers

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Butter Cake – The below recipe makes one cake.  You will need two of these for a four layered cake as pictured- recipe is from Donna Hay Modern Classics 2.

125g butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cater sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain flour – sifted

1/2 teaspoon baking powder – sifted

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda – sifted

1/2 cup milk

Pink and Blue food dye

  • Preheat over to 150 degrees
  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on low speed until combined
  • Add a few drops of food dye until you have desired colour
  • Increase the speed to high and beat until just smooth

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  • Grease a 20cm round tin and line with non stick baking paper, spoon mixture into tin and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes then turn onto a wire rack

Buttercream

500g butter – softened (I use Lurpak butter, it’s a bit pricer but the colour is much better)

6 1/2 cups of icing sugar – sifted

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

  • Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy
  • Add vanilla to butter mixture and beat well
  • Gradually add sifted icing sugar, and beat until well combined
  • Slice cakes in half once completely cooled.
  • Place one layer on serving plate, add even layer of buttercream, repeat until all layers of cake are stacked together – I find it easiest to use a pallet knife to do this
  • Spread remaining buttercream around outside and on top of cake
  • Decorate as desired

 

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