Thursday, 31 August 2017

Gift Wrapped

I'm writing this many days after the event, sat next to my living room window, waiting for the rain to stop/phone battery to charge so I can finally go for the run I've been psyching myself up for all week since my epic fail on Saturday morning (I had to phone Liam to come and pick me up!! I wasn't being a lazy bum - I have a dodgy knee (don't worry, Mum - I'll go easy!)).

A while ago you may remember me blogging about making a cake for a friend's maternity leave lunch at work. Don't remember? Read it here! The sex of the baby was known, so the cake decoration idea was pretty easy to decide on. Fast forward to the next maternity leaving lunch... this time, however, the sex was not known... How do you decorate a cake for a maternity leave lunch, if you don't know if it's pink or blue?*

I settled on a gift wrapped cake, stuffed with Jelly Babies (what else?!)

Weigh your eggs (I used six eggs) and whatever the total weight comes to, use the same amount of the following ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Self raising flour
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until combined
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla essence until smooth
  4. Sift in the flour and fold until smooth.
  5. Put the mixture into three small sandwich tins and pop into the oven for 30-35mins, or is springy to the touch.
  6. Leave to cool
  7. Shape the three cakes to squares & on two of the cakes, cut a circular hole out of the middle (as pictured below) and fill with sweets. 
  8. Ice the layers and sandwich together with the 'hole-less'  (is that a word??) cake on top!
  9. Cover with marzipan and icing and decorate. 
You will have to excuse the state of these photos. I was against the clock, with no time for 'prepping the scene'!

This rain does not seem to be letting off, so wish me luck as I risk it out in the elements!

Have a lovely evening, my wonderful readers. Love, L x

*Please know that by sticking to the stereotypical baby colours of blue and pink, I am in no way suggesting that I am against gender diversity and equality. If your little boy want's to play with a Barbie - by all means, let him.