This fun Pom Pom cake is perfect for little birthdays, or as a treat on special occasions. It's almost too good to eat!
You will need:
For the cake:
- 280g unsalted butter, softened
- 280g caster sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 280g self-raising flour (for a chocolate cake, substitute 30g with cocoa powder)
- 5 large eggs, beaten
- 1 tbsp milk
For the buttercream:
- 70g butter, softened
- 200g icing sugar (for chocolate buttercream, substitute 25g with cocoa powder)
- 4tsp milk
- Strawberry or raspberry jam (omit if making a chocolate cake)
- 1kg pack of white ready to roll sugarpaste icing
- I packet each of blue, black, yellow and red/orange sugarpaste icing (usually 250g packets, but only a little of each will be needed)
- 1 x cake board, approx. 25cm diameter
How to make it:
For the cake:
- Preheat oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment
- Cream together the softened butter and caster sugar, along with the vanilla extract, until pale and fluffy.
- Sift in the flour (and cocoa powder if using). Add the beaten eggs and mix well, taking care to stop once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated. Add the milk and beat briefly to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the tin, and bake for approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes. Check the cake after an hour. It is ready when it starts to come away from the sides of the tin and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Turn the cake out on to a cooling rack and leave to cool.
For the buttercream:
- Rub the softened butter into the sifted icing sugar (and cocoa powder if using), using the back of a wooden spoon. Once the icing sugar has been incorporated, whisk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
To fill the cake:
- Using a long serrated knife, cut the top off the cake to make it level. Turn it over and place in the middle of the cake board (or on a chopping board if you want to cover the board in sugarpaste to match the cake covering). Cut the cake in half horizontally and fill with a layer of vanilla buttercream on one half, and jam on the other, before sandwiching together. Leave to set.
- Knead a little of the blue sugarpaste in to approximately 750g of the white, to create a pale blue colour. Use most of the packet if you want to cover the board as well, reserving enough for Pom Pom’s body. Wrap the sugarpaste in cling film whilst you cover your cake with a thin layer of buttercream.
- Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out the pale blue sugarpaste to approximately 5mm thick. Using the rolling pin, lift the sugarpaste on to the cake and smooth the top gently with your hands (or a cake smoother if you have one), moving slowly down the sides of the cake.
- If you want to cover the cake board as well, paint the outer edge and the sides with warm apricot jam, so that the sugarpaste will stick. Using a palette knife, lift the covered cake on to the centre of the board.
- Using the template provided, trace the shapes on to greaseproof paper and cut each one out with scissors. Roll enough yellow sugarpaste for the background shape and cut around the template with a small, sharp knife.
- With a clean paintbrush paint a very small amount of water on to the middle area of the top of the cake, and put the background shape in to position. Do the same with body (white), then the arms and legs (black), followed by the eye patches (black). Pom Pom’s ears, eyes, mouth and eyebrows are probably best shaped by hand, with your knife and fingers, although the end of a large round piping nozzle can be useful for the ears and eyes.
- Small hand rolled balls of yellow and red/orange sugarpaste around the bottom edge are a good way to finish the cake, and to hide any scruffy edges too
Now you have your own super Pom Pom cake. Just remember to leave a slice for everyone else!
This gorgeous cake was made by Vanilla Frost Cakes, for more delicious recipes and fun cakes visit www.vanillafrostcakes.com
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