It’s my mummy’s birthday this week and with my newly found baking skills I wanted to bake her a cake to remember so I collected the monster after a morning of nursery and we set to work.
Monster is only two so we opted for an all in one method as spending an age faffing around with a terrible two year who more often than not just wants to cause havoc is just not an option.
Our recipe is similar than simple and I reckon even daddy monster could have a good go at it and from the man who thinks cooking a meal entails opening the freezer and shoving it in the oven that’s saying something.
So here it goes
How to whip up a quick and easy sponge cake
1. Sift 250g of self-raising flour into a bowl
2. Break 4 medium sized eggs into the bowl
3. Add 250g of caster sugar into the mix
4. Pop 250g of softened butter in there too
5. Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and start mixing
6. Next separated the mixture into two jugs and add red gel colouring into one and green into the other- think hungry caterpillar style!
7. After a thorough stir pour the mixture into two shallow rectangular baking trays that have been pre-lined with baking paper and pop them into the oven to cook at 170 degrees and cook for around 25-30 minutes
How to make the Hungry Caterpillar
1. Once out of the oven take a round cutter and cut as many circles out of each sponge cake as possible then cut a little bit off from one side so that each circle is left with a flat edge that can be used to secure the sponges to the base.
2. Whip up some butter icing using 4oz of softened butter and 8oz of icing sugar, you can even add some food colouring this us if you like!
3. Use a trail of icing along the board to mark out the shape of your caterpillar cake and alternate the coloured sponges along the line securing each circle to the next using the butter icing you’ve just made.
4. Create a face on your final sponge and secure it to the front, you can use the candles as antennas if you like
5. Finally dust with a sprinkle of icing sugar and hey presto you have yourself a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake that looks good and tastes great!!
So what do you think?
Monster was an absolute star throughout and if I’m honest it was lovely to see my little boy enjoying baking just like his mummy however the best bit was seeing my mum’s face light up when we gave it to her, it turns out nobody has ever made her a cake before!
What are you waiting for get cracking and have some colourful fun with your monsters.