Decorating My Birthday Cake

My birthday was on the 13th of January. Before then, I already made up my mind that I would bake and decorate the cake myself because (1) I was craving the authentic, moist and dense Nigerian Cake which I have not had in a while. And (2) I wanted to use the opportunity to once again overcome my phobia for cake decoration.

decorating my birthday cake

The first and only other time I decorated a cake was about 6 years ago and I used fondant to decorate that one. This time, I wanted to use butter icing (buttercream) because it is my favourite icing for cakes and the decoration of the cake involves piping. I so wanted to try this piping of a thing!

decorating my birthday cake

Ingredients for the Birthday Cake

I baked two cakes which I later joined to get one cake so the following are the quantities of ingredients for each of the cakes.

  • 500g/1.1 lbs. Plain Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 8 Eggs
  • 250g/0.5 lbs. Butter (NOT Margarine)
  • 300g/0.7 lbs. Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 2 caps Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for the Butter Icing (Butter Cream)

To join the cake and cover it, I used:

  • 500g of butter
  • 2 tablespoons peak evaporated milk
  • 1 cap vanilla extract
  • unknown amount of icing sugar (powdered sugar).

I kept adding the powdered sugar till I got the thickness I wanted.

Ingredients for the second batch of Butter Icing (Butter Cream)

For the piping I “think” I used 750g of butter in total and added icing sugar till I was happy with the consistency.

I honestly did not measure it and there was so much going on that day that I did not take notes. 😉 Anyway, this is not like my usual recipes because I am not qualified to teach cake decoration. I just wanted to share this to show my fellow people with the fear of cake decoration that yes, you too can do it!

I also used blue and red food color to get the 3 colours (pink, light blue and lilac) you see on the decorated cake.

Oya, watch the video below and tell me what you think. 😉

Comments

Comments

  1. dis is NYC… Happy birthday in arrears ma

  2. Aunty Flo, you’re really a God sent. I have tried almost every meal listed on this page and they all turned out very nice. I have learnt a whole lot from baking to cooking because of you. I say a very BIG THANK YOU. I don’t need to go look for what to serve my visitors cos I can easily bake something very nice and serve. My new found love now is white rice and sauce that I learnt from you and everyone that tasted it,loved it. May God bless and give you more wisdom.

    • Good bless you too Neky love. I’m so glad to read about all the successes you are having with the recipes. Keep flying high. 😉

  3. Gooday tnxs for your receipes. Please how can I make whipping cream for ice cream

    • You are welcome Judith.

      Like milk, whipping cream is an ingredient you can buy in the shops. It is a very thick cream that foams when whipped. In Nigeria you can buy it at Shoprite or SPAR. Outside Nigeria, it is available in every supermarket.

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