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A Recipe For A Layer Cake

27 Mar 2016

Yes, I am back home and yes, that does mean that I have all of my equipment, plus a very keen sponsor (thanks, Mum) for all my baking. Oh, happy days. 

This Easter there were a lot of ideas thrown about the house, from an Easter Layer Cake, to Fondant Fancies (still happening), to Marshmallow Easter Hat biscuits (happened, picture to follow). I've always fancied the idea of a layer cake with lots of funky colours because let's be honest, even if it tastes grim it'll still look crazily impressive and people will just assume that I'm a great baker. I didn't actually find making this as difficult as I thought it might be, as the mixture itself is a classic victoria sponge and the only tricky part is colouring the different layers to perfection. As you can see, my bottom and second to bottom layers are a little too similar, and also a little uneven but hey, I tried.


You will need:
300g butter
300g caster sugar
6 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
350g flour
4 tbsp milk
food colouring of your choosing

For the topping:
Jam
225g softened butter
250g icing sugar
200g white chocolate

Step One: Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. I use the all in one method and throw all ingredients, minus the food colouring and milk, into a bowl and mix until combined. Another method you can use it to cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs and vanilla essence, then sift in the flour and stir until all combined.

Step Two: Split the mixture evenly into four bowls. This next part is tricky, as you really have to use your own personal judgement. Add tiny drops of food colouring into a mug with a tablespoon of milk until it is a strong pink/red colour, then mix this into one of the bowls. Do the same with your second bowl but with less colouring and make a lighter pink colour. Then do the same but with the teeny tiniest bit of food colouring, just so that your third mixture turns a pale pink. Leave the last bowl as your normal cake colour. 

Step Three: Spoon your mixture into four sandwich tins if you have enough, or spoon two of the mixtures into two first and you can bake the others after. 

Step Four: Bake each cake in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

Step Five: While your cakes are cooling, beat the butter (I used salted, but unsalted is fine) with your icing sugar. I always find I need the tiniest drop of water just to get the mixture loose enough to mix properly. Melt your white chocolate carefully with whichever method you want. I personally break it up into a bowl, put the bowl in a microwave and take it out every 15-30 seconds to stir, until it's fully melted.

Step Six: Grab your darkest coloured cake, put it on a plate and cover it lightly with jam. Sandwich the next darkest colour on top and repeat with the remaining layers. 

Step Seven: Making sure that your cakes are completely cool, start smoothing the buttercream icing over the top and the sides of the cake. Use a spatula to smooth the icing over every part of the cake and be patient as this will take time and you will keep on seeing gaps reappear!

Step Eight: Grab some mini eggs or whatever else you want to decorate the top with and ta da, you're done!



What did you bake this Easter? Have you ever attempted a layer cake?
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2 comments on "A Recipe For A Layer Cake"
  1. I've just thought when you said about the cake at least looking good, I wonder how many pretty cakes I've drooled over on Instagram that actually taste awful :| Yours however looks amazing and I bet it tasted gorgeous too. You can't beat a classic sponge and there's no way I'd have got the colours anywhere near as good as yours.

    Emma xx

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  2. I've just thought when you said about the cake at least looking good, I wonder how many pretty cakes I've drooled over on Instagram that actually taste awful :| Yours however looks amazing and I bet it tasted gorgeous too. You can't beat a classic sponge and there's no way I'd have got the colours anywhere near as good as yours.

    Emma xx

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