I can always depend on our fab foodie mag editor to off-load bakable goodies onto my desk in work. Today was no different. Wide eyed, I rummaged through the Dr. Oetker goodie box – full of sprinkles… and chocolate chips… and icing… and lots of food colourings – like a child given a set of play dough.
I suppose it’s the designer in me and the need to experiment with colours and decor, that gets me so excited and eager to get baking.
Myself and the hubby recently attended a prize giving ceremony, where the small one collected a medal for first prize in the local community games, art competition. What a proud Mam I was that day.
It’s funny how over the past six years the small one has been said to look like his daddy… his uncle… his step-brother… his great granny (on both sides). In fact just about everyone. Except for the mammy. And I can’t say it didn’t agitate me just a little.
So… I was secretly smiling inside when the small one won the art competition. And not because I want him following in my footsteps – which is just aswell really as he is already talking about being a fireman, just like his daddy - but its nice to see him showing creative traits just like me.
Rainbow tier cake
Serves 6-8 • Baking time: 15 minutes • Recipe adapted from Dr.Oetker
15 large egg whites
2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
375g castor sugar
250g plain flour sieved
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Dr. Oetker Food colourings (4 different colours)
200g unsalted butter
400g icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas 4/160c (fan) and line four 7″ tins with baking paper
2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
3. Add the cream of tartar, castor sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until thick and glossy.
4. Fold the flour into the mixture.
5. Divide the mixture between four bowls and add the food colouring to each to get your desired colour.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, then cool on a wire tray.
7. Make the butter icing by mixing the sieved icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract together.
8. Spread each layer and the top of sponge with butter mixture. Decorate with lots of sprinkles.