Ok so I’ve heard of people making their own cakes, or getting friends and such to do it which is a really lovely way to incorporate your loved ones into the big day as well as saving some money. So I totally had a go at making a mini wedding cake. I’d have way to much excuse to gorge myself on cake if I had made like a three tier one.
I like good flavours, so I decided to do a victoria sponge, using blueberry jam and whipping cream with sicilian lemon flavours added to it. Then to give it the fancy look I did an ombre butter icing finish.
Ok so I used a simple sponge mixture, but did two batches of it. The following ingredients makes 1 batch. Don’t just double it at once, it’s easier jus to make separate batches.
200g Caster sugar
200g Softened butter
4 Eggs beaten
200g Self-raising flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tbs Milk
1tsp of lemon flavouring.
So cream together the butter and the sugar, beat the eggs in slowly, sift the flour in and add the other ingredients. I did two batches of this mix, then separated each one into three cake tins, so I had 6 layers in total. They take 20 minutes to cook, or until golden brown and spongey.
So once they had cooled down, I cut round the edges to neaten them up, then whipped my whipping cream for the filling.
I got some jar brought ( I know, cheat) blueberry jam and alternated the fillings in-between the layers. You could put both in each layer but I decided to do one jam then one cream. Once I had built my cake, I made some basic butter icing and did a quick thin layer all around the cake and on top, just to mould the cake together and create a smooth surface for my ombre icing. I then popped it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool.
So I have never done ombre icing before so I looked at a few videos and this one here was best. I’d recommend watching it. I didn’t have a spatula so I used a butter knife..worked quite well in the end.. I used thick colouring gel to get my ombre colours, which I find to be better then the food colourings you get in the supermarkets. Look on ebay or on baking websites they should have them. But I did a another simple butter icing for the ombre effect and I am quite happy with how it turned out.
I finished the cake with some fresh blueberries on top. Now it’s s not a show stopper, but I think on a larger scale it would look rather pretty plus I did this in 3 hours,now just imagine if you took your time over it and you were good and cooking…possibilities are endless..
Hope you enjoyed Wedding Wednesday’s today…i’m off to eat my weight in cake.