Sunday, 14 February 2016

A Cake to help you Celebrate

First of all Happy valentine's day to you all!

Whenever someone has a birthday, wedding, friends and family round for coffee or Valentine's day or any kind of celebration one of the most important things to think of is the cake.
A special cake is always a symbol of joy and happiness, better still if home made.
Here today is a lovely cake that is very attractive and also delicious, the strawberry flavour icing gives the promise of Spring.

Celebration sponge Cake

For the cake

175g butter, cut in cubes and at room temperature
175g self raising flour or plain flour plus baking powder
175g sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsps. milk
100g coloured confetti, sprinkles or as they used to be called - hundreds and thousands

for the icing
75g strawberries, washed, pureed and sieved
225g butter, at room temperature
375g icing sugar

Make the sponge cake by putting all the ingredients except the sprinkles into a large mixing bowl and whisking together until light and creamy.
Stir in the confetti.
Pour the cake mixture into two 18 cms sandwich cake tins that have been lined with oven paper.
Bake in the oven at 180 for about 25 minutes. Test in the usual way by inserting a knife or toothpick.
Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the icing by beating together the butter and half of the icing sugar until creamy. Add the strawberry juice and the rest of the icing sugar and beat again .
Use half of the icing to sandwich together the two sponges and then decorate the top and sides of the cake with the rest.
Cover the top with coloured sprinkles.

Everything ready

Stir in the sprinkles

Two sandwich tins

Get ready to make the icing

Strawberry juice gives a wonderful flavour

Ready to celebrate