Pink Sprinkle Cake

Ask me what I wanted for my birthday when I was 10, and I probably would have just asked for money. Lots of it!

To buy what you may ask?

Answer: BOOKS!

Yess, I have been a bookworm since before I was born my mum might say. I am thankful that she brought me up surrounded by them, and instilled in me a love of reading. Given birthday money at the age of 10 and I would have requested to be taken immediately to the nearest bookstore, to carefully search and scour the shelves for hours on end, returning home some time later with a huge smile on my face and a heavy bag laden with my newest treasures…

Though the world has changed…

Yesterday was my little sister Laura’s 10th birthday (Boy she has grown up so fast!) and for her birthday present, she asked for a Kobo e-reader. A blue one, because the purple were all sold out..

We have both fallen in love with it and I must say I am quite jealous, and may have to borrow it when she’s at school! Though I find it crazy how within my lifetime technology has changed so much, and who knows, one day how we might be reading books!

Though I am simply glad that she seems to have got some of my mum and I’s genes, and that she knows and loves a good book..

Birthdays are never birthdays without a cake, and so during a break in my exams, I whipped up this delightfully simple but delicious one layer cake using the recipe I previously posted, and covered it in lashings of Fluffy Vanilla Frosting…

Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

(makes enough to cover one layer cake and a little extra.. if you manage not to eat the rest!)

8oz icing sugar

3oz butter

1-2tbsp milk

1tsp vanilla extract

Food colouring

1. Beat the butter until light and creamy using an electric mixer.

2. Sieve in icing sugar, and mix until well combined.

3. Add vanilla extract then milk gradually, whisking until of desired consistency.

4. Slowly add food colouring until you reach the desired intensity.

* I usually whisk my icing for around 6-7 mins altogether, which allows it to become extra light and fluffy, and makes a beautifully soft and delicious texture.

As recommended by the amazing Sweetapolita.

Seeing Laura’s little face light up when I showed her the cake was amazing… and  then she very quickly demanded we sing to her, and cut her a slice, immediately! (As only 10 year olds can)

Happy Birthday sweetie, from your big sister Amy!

Vanilla Birthday Cake

Before I move away to University, I have made a promise to myself to collect up all my Mum’s recipes. We’re talking the heaps of of dog-eared pages and scribbled notes, which clutter our kitchen and worktops, and compile them into one big file of  yummyness.

They are recipes which are priceless family heirlooms, never to be found again if misplaced, and fail-safe methods which never fail to please a crowd of hungry mouths.

I know that if I carry these with me, I can always cook up a treat wherever I am, and be transported right back home, because after all, nothing tastes the same as your mum’s cooking, right?

When making a cake, I only ever need look in one place. The tried and tested ‘Stork’ cook book which lies safely snuggled in our cookery book cupboard. Guaranteed to be the most used recipe in my house, it has never failed to deliver a cake less than perfect. So why change a classic?

Delicious, moist and light as a feather every time, this recipe makes the perfect birthday cake. I guarantee you will never need another cake recipe…

(Makes a one layer cake, to fill an 8in tin)

125g butter or margarine

125g self-raising flour

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

1tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160 Oc (fan assisted)

1. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer till light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs and beat  till smooth.

3. Sieve flour and gently fold in.

4. Add vanilla extract and milk, beat with mixer till smooth and creamy.

5. Place in oven for approx. 25-30, until golden brown on top and starting to come away from edge of tin. Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean then your cake is done!

Give it a try, its so simple and easy! A beautiful birthday cake, that’s oh so snazzy of course! You need never buy a shop bought version again!

 

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling you to eat more cake.”
― Jo Brand