I don't know about you, but when I think of going to the British seaside I think of Mr Whippy ice creams. With a flake and some strawberry sauce of course. The National Trust are celebrating the South West Coast at the moment with a Coastal Festival, and seen as they look after over 300 miles of it, there's a lot of fun to be had! They're arranging everything from beach clean ups, water sport events, walks, runs, picnics and plays.
They've even made the epic cake above to commemorate their celebrations, and have asked bloggers to make cakes too, with the theme 'I love the coast'. My cake is all about my childhood memories of going to the seaside, playing in the sand and eating ice cream.
My cake was three layers high and I baked each layer seperately. I started by greasing and lining my tins.
I then creamed together 350g butter and 350g caster sugar.
I added in 6 eggs, bit by bit, and 3 tsp vanilla extract, and whisked well.
Finally I folded in 350g self raising flour and 2 tsp baking powder. and divided the mixture between the three tins. I even went as far as to measure the mixture to make sure it was divided evenly! I have a lot of problems with my cakes getting domed tops and I read some tips about making a hole in the middle of the mixture to stop this, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The second part of the anti-dome tip was to place a circle of greaseproof paper over the top with a hole in the middle. I baked the cakes on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 30 minutes.
Well the tips worked! My cakes came out perfectly flat on top. I am going to definitely use these tips next time. I left the cakes to cool.
For the 'ice creams' on top of the cake I purchased some cup cones, the ones with flat bottoms.
I wrapped them in foil and placed them into a muffin tin.
I made a cake batter using the same method as the bigger cake, except I used 56g butter, sugar and self raising flour, 1 egg and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
I baked them on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 25 minute. I removed the foil and left them to cool.
For the icing I mixed together 160g icing sugar with 80g butter and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. I piped it onto the cones just like a Mr Whippy, and then pushed in a chocolate flake.
I made the blue sea icing by mixing together 400g icing sugar, 200g butter, a drop of Sugarflair Ice Blue food colouring and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
I crushed up 5 digestive biscuits for the sand.
I layered up the cake using strawberry jam to sandwich them together. I used a whole jar of jam.
I iced the cake all over with the blue buttercream, then I put 2 cocktail sticks into the bottom of each ice cream cake and stuck them into the cake. This gave them stability as the flake made their weight uneven. I then piled the biscuit sand all around the cones and all over the top of the cake.
The final flourishes were shell chocolates around the edge of the cake and some strawberry sauce on the ice creams. I was so pleased with the final result! It was like the seaside had come to my house.
It was delicious inside too, I think the simple flavours of vanilla and strawberry jam were just right for the indulgence of the decoration. My boyfriend loved the ice cream cone cupcakes, and I thought they were really tasty too. I'll absolutely be making a bigger batch of them another time.
British Seaside Cake
- 406g Caster sugar
- 686g Butter
- 7 Eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 406g Self raising flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Flat bottomed ice cream cones
- 1 jar of Strawberry jam
- 560g Icing sugar
- 3 Chocolate flakes
- 5 Digestive biscuits
- Blue food colouring
- Shell chocolate
- Strawberry sauce
Grease and line three layer tinsCream together 350g of the butter and 350g of the caster sugarAdd in 6 of the eggs, bit by bit, and 3 tsp of the vanilla extract, and whisk wellFold in 350g of the self raising flour and 2 tsp of the baking powder. Divide the mixture between the three tinsBake the cakes on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 30 minutes. Leave the cakes to coolFor the 'ice cream' cakes wrap the cones in foil and place them into a muffin tinCream together 56g of the butter and 56g of the caster sugar. Whisk in 1 of the eggs and 1/4 tsp of the vanilla extract. Then fold in 56g of the self raising flour. Divide between the conesBake on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 25 minute. Remove the foil and leave them to coolFor the icing mix together 160g of the icing sugar with 80g of the butter and 1/4 tsp of the vanilla extract. Pipe it onto the cones, and then push in a chocolate flakeStack up the large cake using the strawberry jam to sandwich each layer togetherFor the blue sea icing mix together 400g of the icing sugar, 200g of the butter, the blue food colouring and 1 tsp of the vanilla extract. Cover the cake with itPut 2 cocktail sticks into the bottom of each ice cream cake and stick them into the large cakeCrush up 5 digestive biscuits and pile all around the cones and all over the top of the cakeAdd the shell chocolates around the edge of the cake and strawberry sauce on the ice cream cakes