How to Make a Simple but Amazing Birthday Cake

by Sophie Guy


  • 12 Ounces Margarine or butter
  • 12 Ounces Caster sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • 12 Ounces Self-rising flour
  • Fondant icing
  • Icing sugar
  • Butter (for frosting)
  • Food Colouring
  • Strawberry jam
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.

    Step 2

    Whisk 5 eggs together with a little of milk and three drops of vanilla essence.

    Step 3

    Set oven to 180 degrees.

    Step 4

    Weigh out 12 ounces of margarine or butter. I use ounces as a measurement because this is my mums old recipe.

    Step 5

    Add 12 ounces of caster sugar.

    Step 6

    Beat together with a mixer for a couple of minutes.

    Step 7

    Add the egg mixture gradually, whisk inbetween each addition until all the eggs are in the mixture.

    Step 8

    Should look like this, if it starts to curdle don't worry, the flour will sort that out in the next step.

    Step 9

    Sift in 12 ounces of self raising flour.

    Step 10

    Add a teaspoon of baking powder.

    Step 11

    Fold the flour into the mixture with a spoon , this makes the cake fluffy.

    Step 12

    When the mixture is combined it should look like this.

    Step 13

    Separate into two cake tins, the size isn't too important. I buy my cake liners at the pound shop they are so much easier than cutting grease proof paper!

    Step 14

    Cook in the oven for about 35 minutes until golden brown and spongy to the touch.

    Step 15

    Wash up and tidy kitchen :-)

    Step 16

    Collect together the ingredients for the buttercream. A touch of golden syrup makes it taste amazing.

    Step 17

    And wait .......................

    Step 18

    When the cakes are done peel away the greats proof liner.

    Step 19

    Leave to cool for a couple of hours.

    Step 20

    Slice the cakes into two using a serrated knife.

    Step 21

    Add 200g butter and 2 table spoons of golden syrup and two table spoons of milk.

    Step 22

    Mix with the mixer.

    Step 23

    Add the 300 g icing sugar gradually mixing in with a spoon to begin with.

    Step 24

    Use an electric mix for 5 minutes.

    Step 25

    Spread jam on base layer.

    Step 26

    Add jam and a little butter cream to each layer and build the cake!

    Step 27

    Finished building :-) I put the base of one of the cakes at the top because its flattest.

    Step 28

    Cover the whole cake in butter cream using a spatula,

    Step 29

    Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    Step 30

    Gather ready roll icing and food colouring.

    Step 31

    Add a few drops to the fondant icing, I used lilac. Knead it in for a few minutes until the colour is even.

    Step 32

    Like this :-)

    Step 33

    Roll out using icing sugar to stop it sticking to the work top.

    Step 34

    Roll out a long length too.

    Step 35

    Cover the cake. I am a beginner and don't own any fancy cake equipment, I bake for pleasure and for family to eat. Tastes amazing but might not look perfect :-)

    Step 36

    Cut out a ribbon that ruts round the cake, I used the edge of a knife to gently indent the fondant to make it look realistic.

    Step 37

    Wrap around cake, to stick things on I use thick icing sugar paste using icing sugar and just a drop of water.

    Step 38

    I made a bow using a YouTube guide, it's my first one and was really hard!!

    Step 39

    I used a butterfly cookie cutter to make decorations.

    Step 40

    Use your imagination :-)

    Step 41

    Not great!! Looks ok from a distance :-)

    Step 42

    Finished :-)