This is the last of my practice runs for Oscar’s birthday party – the birthday cake. Given that there is going to be a lot of chocolate party food I decided to make a vanilla cake, and as natural food colours are out (experiment #1
) I have a bought a Thomas and Friends cake topper, which consists of a cardboard carnival back drop and a couple of plastic trains. All I need to do is draw on some tracks with chocolate icing.
The cake recipe is from Kidspot and is super moist. It kept very well for 3 days in an airtight container, which is perfect for a birthday cake, as I can start it a couple of days before. The buttermilk gives it a delicious flavour. I made a large rectangular cake using a double quantity of the original recipe, so if you don’t want a cake this big, just halve the ingredients.
I had planned to ice the cake with butter icing, but my beaters died just as I was finishing up the cake (they have never worked so hard in their lives as they have recently!) As I’m writing this I have bid on Grays Online for a nice new one. So instead of butter icing I just dusted it with icing sugar instead, although Oscar did make me draw a chocolate spider in one corner!
Oscar’s verdict: Delicious!
|Vanilla Birthday Cake
Large Vanilla Cake
- 500g butter (softened)
- 500g caster sugar
- 6 Eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 580g plain white flour
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
|Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and line a large baking tray (e.g. a roasting tray).
|Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg goes in. Add the vanilla and mix in.
|Sift together the flour and baking powder and gradually add to the cake mixture, beating well.
|Add the buttermilk a little at a time until you have a thick creamy batter.
|Scrape the batter into prepared tray and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly in the pan, then lift out and remove the baking paper. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
Optional: dust with sifted icing sugar to decorate.
|Store in an airtight container.
This recipe can be halved to make a smaller cake.
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