Great Blogger Bake Off Cake Recipe!
This cake celebrates my favourite TV show, The Great British Bake Off! Me a some other bloggers wanted to pay tribute to our favourite TV show and bake along with the show! Our first recipes were all cake recipes and to kick off I've baked a Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with homemade lemon curd filling, chocolate frosting AND vanilla sour cream frosting! Mmmmmmm.
To make my yummy, HUGE cake you'll need:
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups of plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda
- 3/4 cups of butter (softened)
- 2 2/3 cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons on vanilla extract
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 3/4 teaspoons of salt
- 3 food colour gels (I used pink, red and green)
Separate the eggs whites and allow the whites to reach room temperature. You can use the yolks however you choose, I used mine for the lemon curd filling. Line a large cake tin with grease proof paper and preheat your oven to 180c (350 degrees F.)
In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl whisk the butter on medium to high for about 30 seconds to become soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add all the egg white and whisk for about 3 minutes. Slowly add the dry flour mix and buttermilk a cup at a time.
To create the marbled effect divide your cake batter into 3 bowls and add your chosen coloured food gels. I used pink, red and green but I don't think I added enough! I'd defiantly add more next time so the batter is brighter than this.
Then pour your batters into your cake tin a little at a time, pink then red then green and so on. Using a tooth pick or skewer mix the batters together like in the picture above. Bake for 45 mins to an hour or until a tooth pick inserted near the middle comes out clean. My cake seemed to take forever so don't be worried if it takes longer. It might even work better baked in 2 tins - I'm still learning!
To make the lemon curd filling I used a recipe from my Meringue Girls Cookbook (I'm a big fan.) Its called the Cheats Lemon Curd and its pretty easy to make -hence why I made it! You'll need:
- 3 egg yolks (ones left over from the cake recipe)
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 150c. Whisk all the ingredients together and until frothy - about 4 minutes, pop in a baking tin and bake for 15 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool and enjoy! I think I over cooked mine but it tastes ACE! To fill the cake, use a bread knife to cut it in half, like a sandwich and spread the curd on with a spoon. Pop the top back on your cake and your ready to ice! Whoop!
If you add a little frosting and make 1 layer at a time and smoothing it as you do (and if you have more patience than me) you'll have a perfectly smooth cake.
To finish lets make some fun, super cute vanilla sour cream frosting! And it tastes soooo good! You'll need:
- 2/3 cups of butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of natural greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons on vanilla extract
- 6 cups of icing sugar
- Food colour gels (I used pink, green and blue together to make aqua and purple)
In a large mixing bowl whisk the butter, sour cream, yogurt and vanilla together. It might look like its curdled but stick with it! Gradually add the 6 cups of sugar until fluffy! This is the best tasting frosting I've EVER had!
To make different colours just separate your frosting and add your chosen colours! I chose:
Green and blue together to make aqua. These colours turned out so adorable, the perfect pastel shades, I love them!
For tips on how to ice a cake take a look at Coco Cake Land as they have some easy to follow steps. I used a star and petal nozzle to decorate mine, its not perfect but I like it.
To make writing words on your cake a little bit easier use a tooth pick to lightly write onto your frosting as a guide. Theres on way I could have been so neat otherwise!
For the writing I used a small round nozzle and gently lifted up and down as I went to get this beaded effect.
Voilà! A tasty Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with homemade lemon curd filling, chocolate frosting AND vanilla sour cream frosting! I'd say Mary and Paul would give me an A for effort! Its not perfect but I'm pretty proud of my first bake