Nathanael’s First Birthday Cake

I just had to post on Nathanael’s first birthday cake purely so that I will always have a record of it and to bring back some nostalgia for others.
As a child I  (and I am sure many others) watched my Nanna pull out the Cadburys Cake Book each time a birthday rolled around. I am sure that it was for my sister’s birthday that the Carousel Cake was used and I just had to recreate it for Nathanael’s first birthday.
Here is the finished product in all of its glory.

Nates birthday cake
For the Carousel Cake you will need;

8 inch/20cm  cake tins x 2
2tbsp of coco powder
3tbsp boiling  water
2tsps baking powder
225g unsalted butter softened
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
4 large eggs

For the Icing
140g unsalted butter softened
280g icing sugar
2tbsp coco powder
1. Pre- heat the oven to 180C, while greasing and lining your cake tins
2. Blend the hot water and coco powder in a cup and leave to cool
3. Beat the butter and sugar either with an electric whisk or Kitchen Aid (you know I love mine)
4. In a glass dish crack your eggs individual and check them for blood spots or other strange things that shouldn’t be in eggs. I buy free range, organic eggs and still find bizarre things in eggs, this is a great tip from Kosher cooking as you won’t ruin your cake by just one egg being bad.
5. Add your eggs individual to your sugar and butter mixture along with a large spoon of the flour this will prevent curdling
6. Once all your eggs are incorporated, fold in the remaining flour along with your coco powder mixture from step 2.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked, check by using a knife or skewer if the skewer comes out clean its done, if not leave in the oven for a further 5 minutes and check again.
8. Leave to cool on wire racks until ready to decorate

For the icing beat the butter and icing sugar together if the mixture is difficult to work with you can loosen this by adding a tablespoon of milk.
Use half of the mixture to sandwich the cakes together and the rest to spread over the top of the cake and the sides.

To decorate you will need at least 3 packs of Cadburys finger biscuits, simply stick these into the icing and use a ribbon of your choice to secure them all together.

Take some Animal biscuits and use cocktail sticks to stick them into the cake, as you would see on a carousel.

To make the top, using the cake tin cut out a circle from coloured cardstock. Divide the circle into segments 16 in total, once drawn cut down one of the segments into the centre of the circle. This will allow you to draw the sides together to create an inflated shape secure with tape. You can use the segments as a guide to cut out a frilly top as shown.

I also made a simple victoria sponge mixture for Nathanael’s smash cake and spread with a thin layer of icing. He was very well behaved with his cake as he didn’t want to miss any chocolate! Mummy however quickly removed the cake before it was all demolished.

Let me know in the comments below what type of birthday cake you made for your child’s first birthday

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