Saturday, 28 April 2012

One of my favourite weekend activities is baking. Tomorrow my parents are coming to visit so I cooked this very pink vanilla cake for them. I used a recipe from Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook but doubled the quantities which worked perfectly for 2 shallow 21cm cake tins. Here's my adapted recipe:

240g plain flour
280g caster sugar
5 tsps baking powder
a pinch of salt
80g unsalted butter
240ml whole milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Sprinkles, to decorate

500g icing sugar, sifted
160 unsalted butter (I didn't have unsalted so I used regular salted butter and melted it a bit in the microwave before mixing)
50ml whole milk (I ran out of milk so just used a little water - only a little though, you don't want it to be runny, especially when you're icing the sides)
Couple drops of vanilla extract
Pink food colouring

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3

Put the flour sugar, baking powder, salt and butter and beat with a handheld or electric whisk (I used a handheld whisk) until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.

Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mixture evenly between two 21cm cake tins, until they're 50-75% full. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when tocuhed. A skewer/knife inserted in the centre should come out clean.

Leave the cakes to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire cooling rack tok cool completely.

In the mean time, combine all the icing ingredients in a bowl and maybe lick the leftover cake mix from the other bowl...

When the cakes are cold, use a knife/spatula to cover the top of one with the icing evenly. Place the un-iced cake on top of the iced cake, and then cover the top and sides with a thick layer of the icing. A palette knife would probably work best but I don't have one so just used a knife and a spatula to spread. Then it's sprinkle time!


  1. One of my favourite weekend activities is eating cake! This looks delicious.

  2. This cake look SO delicious! I love the colour of the icing :)

    Love, Rachel

  3. very on trend! candy coloured cake. love it! x

  4. This looks good enough to eat!


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  5. This is such a cute and fun cake! I love it (I also like baking)

    xo Joana

  6. That cake looks delicious! I love Hummingbird Bakery!

    - Olivia xx

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    1. It's Barbie pink, it's got sprinkles + a layer of icing in the middle. This could be the perfect fashion cake <3

  8. This is so beautiful!! Obsessed.

  9. That looks delicious! My mouth is literally watering! Hope you had a great weekend

    ~ Mandi

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