I really wanted Amelia’s first birthday to be special so I wanted her to have an amazingly decorated farm cake. I was going to buy one from a local bakery but decided instead to give making it a go. Disaster or not, I will be proud to tell my daughter I actually made her first birthday cake all on my own.
In my head I knew roughly how I wanted her cake to look but since I’m useless at drawing, I started off searching Google to find lots of different designs and chose the best parts to incorporate into my cake. As well as a farmyard design, I wanted to incorporate a floral girly design with some birds that match Amelia’s bedroom design.
I soon realised I was being far too ambitions and modelling small animals is a lot harder than it looks! Instead, I opted for a more simple and girly design using these little cutters I borrowed from my aunt.
The cake was made with a simple chocolate sponge recipe and tasted amazing! I used my aunts recipe and also borrowed her cake tins (she has really good ones from Lakeland!) The smaller one had to be cut down quite a lot to make a nicely fitting top tier that didn’t look silly and over-sized. I also needed some room to write Amelia’s name on the lower tier in icing. I ran out of pink icing so couldn’t do both squares in pink, then Jack suggested doing the top one in green so it looks like grass and flowers. This looked really good and I’m glad we did it this way now!
For The Cake:
Ingredients (25cm square cake tin)
- 280g Butter
- 280g Caster Sugar
- 5 Eggs
- 250g Self Raising Flour
- 25g Cocoa Powder
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- Preheat the oven to 180 c
- Line your 25cm tin THREE times with baking paper – this will stop the edges from burning – and it really does work!?
- Cream together the butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder then whisk in the eggs.
- Put the mixture into the tins and bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
For the smaller tin (roughly 25cm) I used the same cake recipe and just reduced the quantities; also used the same method.
- 225g Butter
- 225g Caster Sugar
- 4 eggs
- 200g Self Raising Flour
- 25g Cocoa Powder
- 1.5 teaspoons Baking Powder
If you aren’t making a chocolate cake then just equal out the flour to the butter and sugar quantities.
I cut both sponges in half and filled them with buttercream. I also used buttercream to stick the ready to roll icing to the sponge, only using a thin layer.
Ingredients for the buttercream icing
- 300g Unsalted Butter
- 675g Icing Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Milk
- 1.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- Put the butter in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until it becomes soft and creamy.
- Sift the icing sugar over butter and stir it in.
- Add the milk and vanilla essence then beat all of the ingredients until buttercream is pale and creamy.
If you want chocolate buttercream then replace the milk with cocoa in tablespoon quantities. Mix this with the equal amount of warm water. For example, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder & 1 tablespoon of warm water.
I found some ready to roll icing from Aldi for just 85p per pack which cut down on the cost greatly! Most other shops were at least £1.50 for the same amount and the Aldi icing tasted amazing anyway!
I rolled out my pink icing first and covered the bottom half of the cake. We then put the top layer in place and cut around it and remover a square of the pink icing so the top layer could sit nicely on top. I thought it would be easier to put the icing on the top layer before it went properly into place. Once both layers were in place, I then started on the decorations. There were a few rough edges so I used a border mold and made a border for around where the two cakes joined. To hide any mistakes around the bottom i just cut out different sized butterflies and placed them around the lower layer.
As he cake was pink, I decided to do Amelia’s name in blue and white which looked really good! Mum got me the letter cutters from Lakeland and they’re so easy to use. Jack thought the top layer would look good as a flower bed, hence the green icing, so I cut out some pink and yellow flowers to go around the side then used some bigger flowers for on top. Half way through I remembered I wanted to have the number one somewhere on the cake so I cut out some white flowers and shaped them into a 1 on top.
Here is Amelia’s home made 1st birthday cake
Thanks for reading! xx