Birthday Cake

This is the recipe I used for my grandson’s first birthday.  It is quite a large cake which meant sharing it with friends and family.  I decorated it with a birthday train which I managed to find in a local department store and is now in my grandson’s toy box.
  • 12oz (300g) self-raising-flour
  • 2 heaped spoonful of baking powder
  • 12oz (300g) castor sugar
  • 12oz (300g) soft butter or soft margarine
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
Pre heat oven to gas mark 3, 325F, (170C)
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl then add all the ingredients and mix until soft and light.  I use a hand whisk which works well.  Divide the mixture between the two tins, level off and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes.  When cooked leave for 1 minute before turning out onto a wire tray to cool.
  • 6oz (150g) butter 
  • 8oz-10oz (150g – 250g) Icing sugarr 
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence  
Cream the butter until soft, gradually beat in the sifted icing sugar bit at a time, then add the vanilla essence.  Sandwich the cakes together with the butter cream and jam.
  • 2lb fondant icing
  • 2 tablespoon apricot jam
  • Remainder of buttering
  • 14in x 14in (36cm x 36cm) cake board
Rather than use a special number one shaped cake tin which is quite expensive to buy, I used 2 oblong tins measuring approx 7in x 12in (18cm x32c).  Mark out a number one shape on top of the cake and cut away the excess sponge, this gives you a chance to sample the cake.  Spread the top and sides of the cake with apricot jam, roll out the fondant icing and drape the cake with the icing, mould it into the curves and cut off the access icing.  Decorate the edges of the cake with  the remaining butter icing, using a large icing nozzle, pipe on the child’s name using a fine icing nozzle.  Place a toy on top of the cake together with one candle.