Thursday, 13 October 2011
Birthday cakes for my little toddler
I can't believe she's two already!! I decided to make her some birthday cupcakes instead of one big cake, and was inspired by her name blocks and Mr Tumble. We had her full compliment of Grandparents round so I needed to impress!!
I started by making chocolate chip cupcakes (or fairy cakes as they're also known).
You will need:
4oz self raising flour
4oz butter (unsalted) or cooking margarine (I use Stork)
4oz caster sugar
1 medium egg
100g pack of dark chocolate chips
I used the all-in-one method in my Kenwood mixer (folding in the chocolate chips at the end), but if you are mixing by hand, you may want to cream the butter and sugar first, add the egg (with a spoonful of flour to prevent curdling), then mix in the flour and finally fold in the chocolate chips.
Divide the mixture into cake cases. My cake cases take 2 tablespoons of cake mixture, and this mix makes 12 cakes. Bake in the oven at 180C/350F/Gas4 for 12-15 minutes. You can tell when the cakes are cooked by sticking a clean knife in the middle. If the knife comes out clean and is hot then the cakes are cooked.
Leave the cakes to cool before decorating.
I used a cookie cutter to cut circles of rolled out ready-made icing to fit the tops of the cakes. I then pressed Lucy's name blocks into a sheet of ready-rolled white icing to leave and impression of the letters. The impression was carefully cut round with a sharp knife to leave the letters in reverse.
To assemble the cakes, spread some cool boiled jam (apricot is normally used, but I used seedless raspberry) on top of the cakes then place the coloured discs of icing on top. The letters are adhered to the icing using a little of the jam.
Hey presto! super Mr Tumble style name-block cakes!