09 November 2009

So, you think you can't bake...

This cake is so easy to make that it's a perfect cake for little chickadees who want to learn how to bake.

It has a great pedigree.  I got it from the woman (thank you Brenda!) who taught me how to ice cakes. 

250 grams butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

Cream well.

Sift in:

2 heaped cups flour - 500 grams
2 teaspoons baking powder

Fold in with wooden spoon.

Then (using the same wooden spoon) add:

1/2 cup mil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Don't overmix the cake or it will be tough. 

Bake at 420 degs for 20-25 mins.

Chickadees can ice this cake as they wish.

Mummy-chicks can read on:

I used this cake to make the Barbie cakes little girls love so much.  Pop the mixture into an oven proof dish which has the right shape to form the skirt you want to create for your doll.

When the cake springs back to the touch and your skewer comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven, let it cool on a wire rack.

A Barbie cake needs a very pretty plate to sit on.  Put a little icing on the plate before you place your cold cake in place. That will stop your creation falling off the plate and onto the floor!  The cake should be placed upside down so that you'll have a full 'skirt' on the bottom.

Remove the legs from your (clean!) Barbie doll (they can be put back on later).  Use a sharp knife to remove enough cake so that Barbie sits 'in' the cake up to her waist.  We want a snug fit or Barbie's torso will wobble around.

Now you can ice your cake.  Ice a bodice as well as the skirt. 

Have fun.

April Blackbird

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