April was a busy month in our house for birthdays, my two smallies both had their birthdays in April, so lots of Cake time!
This cake recipe I got from an old friend, we just call it the letter cake, kinda says it all really, a cake made in the child’s initial! It’s simple enough to make, just cutting out the initial is the only hard bit and you can then decorate away to your hearts content!
Here’s the cake ….
350g/ 12oz butter, softened
350g/ 12oz caster sugar
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
350g/ 12oz plain flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
Large roasting tin – I used one about 12 x 14in with 2inch sides
- Preheat the oven to 180oC and line/butter your roasting tin
- Cream the butter, add the sugar and beat until soft and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs to the mixture.
- Sift in the flour with the baking powder & cocoa and fold together until it’s all mixed.
- Put the mixture into the roasting tin and bake in the oven for 35/40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes or so, then turn your cake out onto a wire rack, take off the parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
Now for the fun part – make the initial (or number if you want )
- Draw a template for the initial or number you are going to use on a piece of paper, cut it out and place on the cake. Cut around your template using a sharp knife. Do it slowly and you will get the shape right ….. ok all good now onto decorating!
I decorated using some chocolate butter icing and melted white chocolate and then I just sprinkled like mad with the sprinkles and little gold & silver balls and anything I had in the cupboard really. I went a bit overboard but the little man liked it!
So have you done any kiddie birthday cakes, any suggestions?
Till next time!