Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Happy Birthday Bunny!

So, it was my baby girl's 2nd birthday on Saturday.

My baby. Is. 2.

I can barely deal with that. But, I made her a cake anyway!

And I guess it's the perfect opportunity to pass on my favourite cake recipe. Courtesy of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Super Easy Cake

SR Flour

Now, you'll notice I didn't put any amounts up there. There's a reason.
What you do is weigh your eggs. Use as many as you want. I did 5 medium eggs for the cake above. They were about 250g in total. It fed 8 adults. And there were left-overs. Well, there would have been if the kids hadn't gotten to the cake!

Anyway, weigh your eggs then put aside. Take note of how much they weigh. Then weigh out the same amount of butter and sugar. Cream together. Add eggs. Then add the same amount of SR flour. Add a bit of milk. A couple of tablespoons until the batter is a nice consistency. (Pourable but not too thin)

Add a teaspoon of vanilla.

I made a vanilla chocolate swirl cake by splitting the batter in 2 at this point and adding a quarter cup of good quality cocoa. You'll need to add a bit more milk to this one.

Then pour both into a greased and floured pan (or 2 depending on how many eggs you started with) and bake at gas mark 4 for about 20 minutes. But again it depends on how much cake there is. My best advice is: Keep an eye on it!! (But DON'T open the oven a lot...your cake will sink!)

Obviously this isn't the Peppa Pig jumping in muddy puddles birthday cake. But I make this cake a lot with my son. This one turned out exceptionally well.

Vanilla buttercream icing with chocolate buttons and Reese's Pieces ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce optional.

Actually, that fudge sauce was a complete accident. I was making icing and realized after I had creamed my butter that I only had about half a cup of icing sugar. So I put it in. Not sweet enough. So I added some vanilla and cocoa powder. Still really needed sugar. So in a moment of insanity I added some regular sugar. Don't do this. Really. It was gross. UNTIL!!! Until I put it in the microwave for a bit to try to melt the butter and sugar down a bit. OMG it was fudgy chocolatey goodness. Especially when it cooled down. Like the next morning when I was eating it for breakfast

I haven't tried it again to see if I can recreate it. For now I'm going to live with the memory.

Oh, and did I mention I bought proper running shoes? Now you know why I need them!

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