It is my dad’s birthday on Monday, so I baked him a cake this weekend, his favourite is vanilla sponge, with buttercream and strawberries so that’s exactly what I did. A huge three tier vanilla sponge cake, with vanilla buttercream topped with strawberries and Maltesers (his favourite) I am so happy with the cake stand, I bought it from HobbyCraft for just £5.00 it’s ceramic too! Keep reading for the recipe… you can’t beat a classic sponge cake with strawberries mmm.
This recipe was taken from the lovely Janes Patisserie, for her Biscoff cake after watching Zoe’s vlog. However as my dad isn’t a Biscoff fan, I just used the recipe for the three sponge layers and decorated the cake differently.
Recipe for the sponge cake.
400g unsalted butter at room temperature.
400g of light brown sugar
7 large eggs.
400g of plain flour
4 tbsp of milk
2 tbsp of baking powder.
First things first, as always pre-heat the oven to 180 (160 for fan assisted) don’t want your sponges to burn! Then take three sandwich tins and line them with greaseproof paper, I didn’t have enough so I just used butter around the edges and base of the cake tin.
In a large bowl cram the butter and sugar together until it’s nice and fluffy, resist eating it (just me?) Mix in the flour, eggs, baking powder and milk, then mix until combined. Evenly pour the mixture between the three cake tins, make sure you do not fill them to the brim as they will overflow.
Place the sandwich tins in the oven for 20-25 minutes (it all depends on the oven mine were done at around the 19 minute mark) Pop a skewer into the centre of each cake, if it comes out clean they are done! Leave them on the side to cool and I mean to cool, don’t even think about icing before they’re completely cooled!
Recipe for the buttercream frosting.
250g of unsalted butter
500g of icing sugar
a teaspoon of milk (if necessary)
fresh strawberries to decorate
maltesers to decorate.
I like to make the buttercream frosting whilst the cakes are cooling and then pop it in the fridge to make it set a little. In a large mixing bowl add the butter, then sift in the icing sugar and mix until combined. Once the cakes are fully cooled, evenly spread the buttercream onto the three layers, then place strawberries all the way around the edge of each layer. For the top layer, pipe on some icing, and add maltesers and strawberries. Sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on top and you are good to go! What do you think? My dad was over the moon, which made me happy, it tasted so yummy.