Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Mum`s birthday cake with a little help from Cake Angels!

Last week an unexpected parcel arrived on my door step. A lovely selection of goodies from Cake Angels.

Look at the lovely bright colours, I could`nt wait to give these beauties a go!!

April, May and June are busy months for birthdays in the Wood household; today is the turn of my lovely mum.

I don`t usually make my mum a cake but was inspired to create something bright and flowery for her after receiving these goodies.

There were 2 oranges in my fruit bowl that had passed their best so decided to make an orange infused cake, something I had never done before, so was a tad worried how it would turn out!

I used my Nan`s and Mum`s traditional sponge recipe that they had taught me...,I don`t think its a family secret, so apologise to them if it is!!!

The recipe is very simple; I need it to be simple or I muck it up!


As I said a moment ago, it is so simple....

  • pre heat oven to 180 degrees for fan ovens or gas mark 6 for gas ovens
  • grease or line your chosen tin, I chose a 2 lb loaf tin for this bake
  • weigh your chosen amount of eggs - I tend to always use 3 eggs, this makes plenty of cake batter to make at least 24 cupcakes, 2 x 8" sandwiches, or in this case a 2lb loaf
  • weigh out the same weight of the eggs for butter, sugar and self raising flour
  • cream the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk till light and fluffy
  • add eggs and whisk together till all eggs are incorporated into mixture
  • add flour and gently fold in with wooden spoon, making sure not to mix too vigorously so to not remove all the air added by whisking. As I was making a orange infused cake I also added the grated zest of 2 oranges at this point.
  • place batter into tin and put in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer placed in the centre of the cake comes out clean
I did find that as I was using a loaf tin that the cooking time had to be increased to 45 minutes

Here is it before I used the Cake Angels products....not bad for a first attempt, even if I do say so myself!!!

I used Cake Angels ready made vanilla icing RRP £2 per tub and 2 packs of their 2d royal icing cake decorations in the daisy flowers design RRP £1.49 per pack

The vanilla icing was very easy to spread but can also be used in a pipping bag straight from the tub with no more preparation needed. It tastes so creamy and surprisingly light.

I hope my Mum likes her spring inspired birthday cake!!

I will be giving the ice cream cone cake kit a go in the next week or so, check back to see how they turned out!!

I was sent these products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion and views.

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