Funfetti cake

I have noticed a lot of pre made cake mixes in America. Simply add an egg, water or oil and bake and there you have it. In the UK there are a few- Betty Crooker- the most common one…but here they take it to a whole new level!

So Challenge of the week: mimic the American cake trend…Funfetti cake, but without using their favourite premade mix!

It was a raving success, and we think you’ll agree the few remaining crumbs left on the plate at the end of the day was a good sign. Add some colour to your life, and give it ago. The recipe’s super easy and even the most inexperienced of cooks can nail it on their first attempt.

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Ingredients:

Lemon Sponge

  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 70g rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt

Buttercream Icing

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 50ml whole milk

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180⁰C/ gas mark
Prepare a 20cm cake tin by greasing with butter and lining with greaseproof paper
In a food mixer or using an electric whisk, cream together the butter and sugar until left with a smooth, pale cream. If done properly, this should take a couple minutes
Beat together the eggs in a separate bowl, then gradually add them to the butter with the lemon zest, whisking continually. Be careful, if added too quickly, the mixture will split. If you find this the case, don’t panic!  Just add a teaspoon of measured flour and continue to whisk.
Next, fold in the flour, baking powder, sprinkles and salt, along with a dash of milk to loosen it up.
Carefully pour the cake mix into your prepared tin, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (plenty of time to like your cake mix bowl clean…we won’t judge!). By this time it should be well risen and beautifully golden in colour. Patience is key though remember. Don’t be tempted to open the door too early or this will cause the cake to sink. To check it’s cooked, pierce the centre of the cake with a skewer. If it is, the skewer will come out clean (fingers-crossed this happens first time!).
Once completely cooled, start to ice and decorate. I decided to keep it simple by covering in a layer on vanilla buttercream.
To make buttercream, beat together the softened butter with using sugar and milk.

imageimageMarvel at your work of art before sticking the kettle on, and digging in.

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