A few weeks ago, it was my friend Marie’s eldest son’s birthday. His name is Owen and he is 3 years old. Marie decided that she wanted to host a party for Owen and we would need to make a big cake for it to feed about 30 family and friends.
This sounded like a quite a large undertaking but I am always up for a challenge and agreed to help Marie make and decorate the cake. The first problem that we had was that neither of us, had a cake tin that large enough for us to make the cake. Then I remembered seeing a massive cake tin in Lakeland that might do the job. I ordered it and it came a few days later.
The second problem we had was getting a recipe to make a cake that big. We had already decided we wanted to make a sponge cake as it is what most kids seem to prefer. I asked the people of Twitter for help and eventually found a recipe from netmoms.com that would be able to do the job. We decided to double the recipe to begin with, but the resulting cake was quite thin so in the end, we doubled the recipe again and made a second cake to go on top. We used strawberry jam and butter icing as the filing for the cakes.
The final problem was actually decorating the completed cake. Marie and I were helped by my cousin Faye, who has been on a cake decorating course. Faye made Roary the Racing Car to go on top of the cake. It is fantastic as I am sure you will agree. Thanks Faye for your help. It is much appreciated. Marie and I did the rest of the decorating. One tip is to have some icing glue (thick icing sugar and water paste) to cover up any holes or texture problems in the icing. We cut the cake into a round as we cheated and brought ready rolled icing, which is only available in rounds for some reason. We used writing icing to add the other decoration. Overall, I think the cake worked quite well for our first attempt. What do you think? Comments, tips and suggestions welcome.
Madeira Cake Recipe (adapted from netmums.com)
- 700g butter (softened)
- 700g caster sugar
- 12 large eggs
- 1kg self-raising flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 12 tbsp milk
- 1 jar of jam (your choice for middle and top of cake to hold icing on)
- 200g icing sugar
- 250 g butter, softened
- Ready Rolled Icing (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease the cake tin, line the base and sides with greaseproof paper
- Put all the ingredients into a bowl or food processor. Mix until just combined (do not over mix)
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the mixture out.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.
- Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 30-40 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- Repeat all steps to make second cake.
- Make butter icing while second cake cools.
- Place bottom cake on board and cover with jam and butter icing. Place second cake on top and cover top with jam, then put ready rolled icing on top (if using) and decorate to your heart’s content!