Colourful sponge cake recipe – quick and easy

30 06 2011

I knocked out this cake the other night and thought I’d share it here. It’s a nice, quick, easy one to make and looks as though you’ve spent longer on it than you have!

Ingredients

For the cake:

For the butter cream frosting:

  • 5oz butter / margarine
  • 10oz icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Selection of food dyes

Method

For the cake:

Cream together the butter and caster sugar. One at a time, add the eggs and beat in. Gradually mix in the flour with a metal spoon.

Grease and line one 9″ or two 7″ cake tins. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Separate the cake mixture into a number of bowls, one for each colour you are going to use. Add a different colour of food dye to each bowl and mix in thoroughly. If you are feeling adventurous, add a different flavouring to each colour as well. One by one, pour the contents of the bowls into the cake tin. Do not stir the mixture once it’s in the cake tin.

Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until a wooden skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool before icing.

For the butter cream frosting:

Soften the butter by beating it. Once it is soft and creamy, gradually add the icing sugar, beating thoroughly to avoid lumps. Beat in one tablespoon of milk. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little more milk.

Separate the icing into bowls, one for each colour you are going to use, and add a little food dye to each bowl. Mix it in thoroughly to get a nice, even colour.

I iced this cake while it was still in the tin, to stop the icing dribbling down the sides. Obviously, this will only work if you have a cake tin with a removable base. It would not be advisable if you will have to turn the cake tin upside down to get the cake out! In the latter case, you could tape a piece of paper or cardboard around the upper edge of the cake to hold the icing in place until you are ready to serve.

One by one, pour the bowls of icing onto the cake, arranging the colours as desired.





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