Ebi-kun decided he wanted a knight theme party and at first I thought I would make a cake the same as the football cake but put his jousting set on the top but where is the challenge in that? Then I started dreaming of a castle cake but couldn't decide how to ice it. Fondant icing is NOT popular here, I have seen it for sale in one place and it was sooooo expensive, so buying that was not an option but I didn't fancy the idea of butter icing. Then I stumbled on a recipe for marshmallow fondant but the recipe called for vegetable shortening and I can't get that in the local supermarket and to be honest it didn't sound too tasty. After googling I found another recipe which didn't need shortening so I went with that. Luckily over at Make it and Love it they have been doing a cake decorating series and I picked up some great tips from there.
So, I started with 3 square sponge cakes and because I knew the outside would be grey I asked Ebi-kun what colour sponge he would like (he had no idea what I was making) so he picked the delightful colour combo's....
The sponge cake recipe... this is my fall back recipe, it is one of the first I learnt to make and I have never had a disaster with it....
150g softened unsalted butter
150g caster sugar (in Japan I just use table sugar)
150g flour (SR if you can get it)
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1 heaped tsp baking powder (not needed if you use SR flour)
flavourings if you want to add them too, I did it plain.
- Oil and flour your cake tin, mine is 20cm x 20cm
- With a fork, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- With a wooden spoon, add the eggs, flour, salt and baking powder bit by bit.
- Once it is all mixed in, try not to over beat it put half the mix into another bowl.
- Add the food colour/flavour to each bowl. For the marble cake chocolate and orange is really good. We did yellow + green, red + yellow and blue + red.
- Dollop the two colours into the pan then swirl the colours together so it looks like marble.
- Pop it in the oven at 180∘for about 35 - 40 minutes, when you press it in the middle it should spring back into shape.
- Leave for 10 minutes then turn out, let it cool and then wrap tightly in cling film and stick it in the freezer.
Tomorrow I will do a post on how I put it all together....