Advent Calendar Day 5: Festive Birthday Cake

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For those of you that don’t know, I’m blogging every day in the run up to Christmas! I’m calling my posts my Advent calendar, because instead of opening a door to a chocolate calendar I’m sharing a post with you.

I went a bit mad this week; I had a birthday cake to make and thought it deserved a festive sparkle! The cake was for a very special lady who loves baking too, so I needed to pull out all the stops. I decided to make my normal sponge with strawberries and cream, THEN make it gold and sparkly!

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Chocolate sponge Ingredients:
100g butter
150g brown sugar
2 egg
200g plain flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
180ml milk

Butter Icing:
75g butter
125g icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon hot water

Decoration:
1 punnet of strawberries
Carton of double cream
Caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 190Β°/ gas mark 5 or turn your Rayburn off! Cream the butter and sugar, then add in the eggs. Sift in all the dry ingredients and then add the milk. It’s so quick and easy!

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So I made the chocolate sponge as normal and sandwiched the two halves together with whipped cream. Then I started to spray the whole thing gold!

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I used Dr Oetker’s shimmer spay in gold to spray fine layers over the cake to build up the colour. Then I sprayed parts of the strawberries, I wanted the natural red colour to shine through as well.

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I pipedΒ some chocolate butter icing around the edge and in the middle to attach the strawberries to the cake.

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I drizzled shop bought caramel sauce (the type you get for icecream) over the top.

It went down a treat, everyone enjoyed it, especially the crazy gold aspect. It was light with a freshness from the strawberries.

I’m bringing this cake to Angie’s place for Fiesta Friday! Enjoy!

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Melissa xx

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15 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Day 5: Festive Birthday Cake

  1. What a beautiful cake Melissa! Gosh, I’m not even sure if I can buy spray on gold here where I live- I think I’d have to order it online…this cake is sure making me want to though πŸ™‚ Happy Fiesta Friday!

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  3. So festive Melissa, and wow, blogging everyday? Good on ya! I’ve been missing in action myself, I haven’t had time to post, blog or read anyone’s posts for that matter. We’ve been traveling and this is such a busy time of year, but I hope to remedy that soon. Are you in Goa yet? Enjoy the season and the delicious sweets πŸ™‚

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  4. What a gorgeous cake, it looks so festive with all the gold! I bet it tastes even better too!
    I’m very impressed with your plan to blog everyday, that’s a big commitment, I wish I had that kind of drive haha! Good luck with it, I can’t wait to see what else you share with us this month

    Thanks for bringing this wonderful cake along to Fiesta Friday xx

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