My Grandma is in my eyes, the best baker. Every year for my birthday she would bake me a cake, I had a bowling alley, a handbag, a double decker bus but my all time favourite was my fairy castle cake. Saturday was her 80th birthday and we celebrated with a birthday lunch.
I promised her a cake, although she didn’t know what it was. I decided to surprise her with her very own fairy castle cake, whilst completing number 19 from my 101 list.
The cake started with a tried and tested recipe from Mary Berry. My Mum agreed to buy me all the decorations for the cake I desired. I was in heaven.
Mary Berry holds the secret to lining a cake tin. Here is her secret for a square cake tin.
1. Measure the paper out, from the tin onto grease proof paper.
2. Cut diagonally into the corners to allow the paper to fold.
3. Create a basket with the paper and use paper clips to keep the shape. Some faffing will occur!
4. Place inside the cake tin.
5. Align against the walls.
So easy, and guarantees a perfect cake.
When using sugar or flour, always sift into your mixture.
After letting the cakes cool, it took 3 of us, my Mum, Ben and I to decorate the cake in regal icing.
Now with two layers.
The next morning, I got to do the fun bit decorate the cake. I forgot to take step by step photos, sorry!
I used a wafer for the door, silver balls for decoration, and my favourite neon glitter writing icing.
The castle turrets were created by dipping ice cream cones into icing and covering in sprinkles. The base was sponge rolls decorated in regal icing.
Was the cake perfect, no? I learnt a lot though, mainly how long these things take. I said to my Grandma when I gave her the cake, I finally realised all the time and love that went into her cakes over the years.
Happy 80th Grandma!