The birthday party – it creeps up on me every year and each year I say this is the year I’m taking it out of the house, but then I think of all the fun myself and my small one have deciding on the theme, decorations, activities and of course – the birthday cake.

All of this makes the days leading up to the event seem like part of the celebration itself, so this year was no exception.

Our theme was superheroes – and with all the hype surrounding the newly released Avengers and Spiderman movies, hunting down props wasn’t a difficult task – especially if you’re an eBay fanatic like me.

The day of the party came… And with it the eager anticipation of the small one, who had pitched himself at the window, waiting for his guests to arrive. The little ones came and played and ate their favorite superhero buns and played some more and eventually left happy, full of sugar.

Children unlike adults will not compliment you on all your hard work but you know by what’s left on the plate at the end of the party what they thought? My plates were empty… I was happy… especially, after my very own little superhero gave me the biggest hug, kiss and thanks mam – my precious small one. Happy birthday Boo.

Spiderman cake

Serves 10-12 • Baking time: 32-35 minutes

340g self-raising flour
340g butter
340g castor sugar
6 medium eggs (slightly beaten)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

Butter icing
225g unsalted Butter
450g Icing Sugar
Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat oven to 160c/gas3/140c (fan).
2. Grease and line two 9″ round sandwich tins.
3. Cream the butter and sugar until white and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5. Mix in the milk.
6. Fold in the sieved flour and baking powder.
7. Divide between the two tins and spread the mixture out leaving a slight dip in the centre. Bake for 32-35 minutes until golden brown.
9. Leave to settle for 5 minutes then turn onto a wire tray to cool.

To make the butter icing
1. Beat the butter and sieved icing sugar until smooth.
2. Mix in the vanilla extract to taste.

To decorate
1. Divide the icing into two bowls. Add blue colouring gel to one bowl and red colouring gel to the other.
2. Fill the cake with the blue butter icing and sandwich together. Then spread the red icing over the top of the cake and halfway down side. Spread the blue icing down the rest of the way.
3. Decorate with alternative blue and red smarties.
4. Using a black icing pen draw the shape of a spider web on the top of the cake.
5. For the finale I perched one of my small ones spiderman characters on top (Be prepared to save it back at the party).


Makes 12 • Baking time: 15-20 minutes

115g soft butter
115g castor sugar
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
115g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

1. Heat oven to 190c/Gas5/170c (fan).
2. Line a 12 hole bun tin with funky baking cases.
3. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
4. Add all the other ingredients and whizz for about 2 minutes.
5. Divide mixture evenly into party cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.
6. Leave to settle in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire tray to cool.

To decorate
To make the butter icing, sieve the 110g icing sugar into a bowl with 55g butter and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix until light and fluffy.

To make  glace icing, mix 110g icing sugar with a drop of warm water (The icing consistency needs to be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon).

Pipe butter icing onto the buns and sprinkle with decorations and edible cake toppers or spread glace icing on them and stick edible cake toppers on top. (I did both).

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