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Thursday, 30th December 2010, 21:32

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Hello, Waz here...

Today is Carly's birthday.
She is very old.

In an effort to make her happy, I have both opted to write her a birthday post, and make her a birthday cake - mostly because she likes cake, and blog posts are also kinda fun.

Since I'm not one for baking much, I went with a fairly safe recipe that Carly likes.. Shirley's Orange Cake, from The Country Show Cookbook, with slight modification - I ditched the orange and replaced it with a bit of vanilla essence instead.

125g (4oz) butter (room temperature)
¾ cup caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
1¾ cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Start by preheating your oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease an 18cm (7in) round cake tin.

Cream your butter and sugar together.
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Add vanilla essence and mix (at this point the original recipe suggests adding 1 tablespoon orange juice and the rind of 1 orange).
Add eggs and mix.
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Add milk, then flour, mixing in each time.
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Add the water last, mix it in and you should have a nice thick and fluffy batter.
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Pour into your cake tin and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
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Or roughly until it looks like this:
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Yay. Cake. So far, so good.
Now, on to the icing.

I took this recipe for Vienna Cream icing from the Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book.

125g (4oz) butter (room temperature)
1½ cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Beat the butter until it is almost white, as so:
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Sift icing sugar into the butter.
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Then add milk and continue to mix until it looks nice.
At this point I opted to colour the mix a nice aqua colour, because aqua is aqua-ish. 4 drops blue, 2 drops green food colouring, and mix!
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Slather on cake and top with sprinkles or decorations of choice. In this case, Smarties.
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Add candles, thrust at birthday girl while singing jovially.
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Then step back and take cover as cake is devoured.
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Happy Birthday Babe! I love you! :)

1Awww that's nice :)
by Mandy on Dec 30th @ 10:14pm

2Hey Cool gingerbread people board!! :)
by Mandy on Dec 30th @ 10:15pm

3nawww too sweet!
by chocolatesuze on Dec 31st @ 02:16am

4What a good blog I never thought I could get something good like this, actually I've increased my knowledge, actually I know my friends will be so happy with this when I sharing it with them.
by maran111 on Jul 5th @ 01:45am

5Looks like an awesome cake!
by Cath on Dec 9th @ 09:51am

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I love baking that begins with creaming butter and sugar, and eating anything with either bacon or custard. Or both :)
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