Jul 16, 2013

Cake Bake Recipes- Childrens Birthday Cake

Your little one’s birthday will soon be rolling round again and you want to make a homemade cake this time. You’re sick of store bought monstrosities filled with E numbers and you want to create something a bit more special. The question is – where do you start?

Not everybody has that knack for baking. Not everybody is a natural when it comes to beautiful icing and delicately layered frosting. Some of us weren’t born to be dessert chefs, but that’s okay. Baking a birthday cake doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. There are thousands of simple, easy to make creations out there that even the clumsiest of cooks can master.  
  As Yahoo Voices expert Emily Harmon points out, the benefits of making a homemade birthday cake are endless. It’s much cheaper than buying a professionally crafted one, you’ll know exactly what's inside it and it will be completely unique to you and your child. Here are a few do’s and don’t’s when it comes  baking a birthday cake for your little one. 

Do Cheat
Nobody is going to care if you cheat a little and use a cake mixture to kick things off – honest. Chances are, nobody will have a clue about it unless you tell them yourself. It’s a well established cheat, even amongst experienced bakers and there’s no shame in it. If you’re pushed for time and can’t risk a ‘non-riser,’ get the cake mix out. 

Don’t Panic
Perfection is not what you’re going for. As long as your child likes the cake – you win. Children are very, very unlikely to spot the fact that your cake doesn’t look like the one in the pictures, so don’t worry about it, says Great British Chefs journalist Antonia Chitty. 

Do Use Silicone Moulds
Silicone is a great material for cake moulds. It will make the most difficult part of the process, tipping the cake out, much much easier. They’re relatively inexpensive too.

Don’t Overfill
Remember that cake tins only need to be filled to about 2/3rds of their capacity. If you ignore this rule, you could end up with a very messy oven to clean.

Do Cool Off
Popping your cake into the freezer for an hour after cooking will ensure that it is firm and pliable enough to decorate later on.
If you still can’t decide what type of cake to bake for your child’s birthday party – here’s a simple, straightforward recipe that is sure to go down marvellously with kids of all ages.
Purple Sprinkles Cake  Ingredients  355g plain flour 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 225ml milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 225g unsalted, soft butter 4 medium eggs Purple food colouring Strawberry jam 500g sifted icing sugar 275g salted butter Sprinkles to decorate

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease four round tins.  Combine flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside. Milk the milk and vanilla together in a measuring jug.  Using a third bowl, blend the sugar and unsalted butter with an electric whisk. Beat for 2 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Divide this well blended mixture into four separate bowls. These bowls will be used to vary the different purple tones needed for your cake.

Leave one of these bowls of mixture white. Gradually add food colouring to the other three, so that each bowl ends up being a slightly different shade of purple.

Pour these bowls of coloured batter into the four pre-prepared tins. Bake each for 15-20 minutes or until the outside if golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool whilst you prepare the icing.

Chop the salted butter into small cubes. Beat it with an electric whisk until it’s a smooth and fluffy mixture. Gently add icing sugar until it is fully blended with the butter.This will be the icing for your cake.

Now return to your four cooled cake layers. Cover each with a layer of jam and a light sprinkling of icing sugar. Pop in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes.
Remove when the jam has firmed and cover each with a smooth layer of icing. Carefully stack all four cakes on top of one another and voila – you have a cake that’s beautifully iced on the outside and various tones of purple on the inside. You’ll see when you cut into it! 
Cover the entire cake with icing and top with coloured sprinkles. Serve to your guests. 

Author Bio

Olivia is a mother of two who loves baking with the kids before a party. She recommends 
www.dnakids.co.uk great kids party entertainers. She loves throwing her children birthday parties and making the day really special.

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1 comment:

trik windows said...

I like cake, but I'm older than a children..hehe

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