Cake of the month – December 2013

Late again.  It just won’t do!  We promise to try harder next month.  Our lateness takes nothing away from December’s cake of the month though – a Barbie-tastic creation that made one eight year-old with a Christmas Eve birthday very happy indeed.

Name of baker: Amy Jarrold

Name of cake: Hannah’s Barbie

IMG_20140117_202827Ingredients:

For the cake:

250g butter, softened
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
250g self raising flour

For the buttercream:
140g butter, softened
280g icing sugar
3 tbsp lemon curd
Pink food colouring (for the external decoration)

For the decoration:
A doll that you don’t mind chopping the legs off (I got mine in a pound shop)
Pink fondant
White fondant
Stencil and edible silk

Method:
I used a giant cupcake mould and the following sponge recipe.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/spongecake_1284.

The cake was assembled by turning the bottom half of the mould upside down and sandwiching the two pieces togetherwith the buttercream and some lemon curd (this is additional to the lemon curd in the ingredients above). Some trimming was needed to give a good rounded shape.

There is a basic buttercream recipe here (I just replaced the milk with lemon curd).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/basicbuttericing_73263

You’ll need to cut a small circle out of the centre of the top layer of the cake and then cut some of ‘Barbie’s’ legs off so her waist lines up comfortably with the top of the cake. I wrapped the bottom half of the doll tightly in cling film and put the top half in a food bag which keeps her clean but can be easily removed when you’re ready.

I watched this tutorial for decoration and copied it as cloesly as possible but left of the ruffles.

Instead , I just added a little pink food colouring to the leftover buttercream and piped ruffles over any joins around the waist. I also added some pearls around the bottom and waist.

About the baker:
I volunteered for FCFK Hackney after being told about it by Katie Forsythe (a fellow FCFK baker and friend from work). I immediately thought it would be a brilliant thing to be involved with and thought the way it was organised was fantastic. I hadn’t long moved to Bow when I signed up and was looking for some sort of local volunteering – it just seemed perfect.

I spend all day working on books (I’m an editor at a publishing house) all about children’s earliest years and so it is fantastic to think we are making a small difference to lots of childhoods.

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