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.
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!
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. 😉