I love a challenge! So a few weeks ago when my friend Susan asked me to make her baby Oscar's christening cake I was delighted. I hadn't made a proper big celebration cake before so couldn't wait to get started on it. It was a joint Christening between Oscar and baby Lauren so hence the pink and blue! I bought a set of flower cutters from a kitchen shop in Cork and must warn you that making sugar paste flowers is addictive! I bought a block of sugar paste and added food dye to colour it 6 different shades of pink and blue.I then watched Beverly Hill Cop II and made over one hundred little flowers. Best Friday night in ever.
I made the cake a few weeks ago but still have some of the left over flowers in a jar for when I'm making cupcakes or something! Very handy and I made some in light yellow that look like primroses. Someone's been bitten by the sugarcraft bug.
Two Tier Homemade Christening Cake
Based on the Wedding Cake recipe by Eric Lanlard in Delicious magazine.
For the small cake:
260g butter, soft
375g self raising flour
2 tbsp milk
For the big cake:
1.2kg butter, soft
1.2kg self raising flour
- Butter and flour the three sandwich tins. Butter and double line the large tin with baking paper.
- Preheat the oven to 160C. The method for both cakes is the same.
- Beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add the eggs, beating well between additions. Sift the flour and fold into the cake batter with a large spatula adding the milk as you go. Ensure the batter is combined well.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins. Bake the small cakes for 20-25 mins and the large cake for 2 1/2 hours or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
The beauty of using all of these tiny flowers was that I stuck them over any mistakes or bumps! It really was very easy to make but time consuming. I would set aside an afternoon to ice it! This cake recipe could also be used as a small wedding cake and decorated with fresh flowers. Beautiful!