It was Uncle Vernon’s birthday at the weekend so I decided to make him a cake. When you’re 9 months old, it’s got to be a really easy one and this one is simple. Mum wanted to help with icing it so I let her, but regretted it immediately when I saw the mess she’d made of it (it started to sag around the edges after a while). Still though she did her best, so as a reward I let her lick the spoon….
You will need:
Vanilla cake and frosting ingredients (adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book)
- 160 g unsalted butter
- 560 g caster sugar
- 480 g plain flour
- 2 flat tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 480 ml whole milk
- 2 tsp good quality vanilla essence
- 4 large eggs
- 800 g icing sugar
- 240 g unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
- 75 ml whole milk
- 1 tsp good quality vanilla essence
Mix all the dry ingredients together until it resembles a sandy mixture. Separately mix all the wet ingredients and add to the dry. Mix both together until it becomes a smooth batter. Pour into 3 x 8 inch lined cake tins. Bake for 20-25 mins at 180 C.
For the frosting – mix all the ingredients together and beat with an electric whisk for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Use to sandwich the layers together and ice the top and sides.