Make & bake to save

Anyone who knows me will know that I love cake, whatever form it comes in!

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that kids also love a special birthday cake, especially anything themed. Even a pretty basic shop bought cake birthday cake (which can, half of the time, taste no better than a bit of old cardboard!) costs around the £8.00 to £10.00 mark and if you commission a professional you’re looking at anything from £30 upwards (rightly so given the effort & skill required) If you have more than one child this, together with present and party costs, can push you over budget. My advice? Have a go at making your own!

Since having Sam, I’ve made birthday cakes for him myself using a tried and tested basic recipe (see below). The ingredients are as cheap as chips and the method basic: just cream the butter and sugar, throw the rest in, mix and put in a greased baking tray. Cook at 180 for approximately 50 minutes. You will need:

  • 150g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of milk

This was my attempt for his first birthday, using a number 1 mould picked up from Amazon for around £3.00. I covered the cake in a layer of buttercream, added basic fondant icing, bought a boxed pack of supermarket coloured icing and used a couple of cutters that had been free with a baking mag. It cost me around £6.00 and was yummy. Sam ate far too much and we had a sleepless night but that’s another story.

owl cakeSam’s 2nd birthday cake was a little more of a challenge, as he was adamant he wanted Thomas! I bought a little Thomas mould from Amazon and used the go to maderia recipe. I used my friend google for some cakey inspiration and whilst not perfect, it was appreciated by my little guy, who still chats about his Thomas cake. This cost around £8.00 in total.

new thomas poloThe best part is that it doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect. We are our own worse critics and the chances are your kids won’t be but will , instead, be thrilled with the time and effort you have dedicated.

Happy baking 🙂





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