It was my dad’s 80th Birthday last week so I teamed up with my mum to make a special cake for him.
My mum made 2 sponge cakes using a 12 inch square cake tin and her “no fail” hot butter milk sponge cake recipe (check out Myrna’s Birthday cake ) This recipe mixes sugar with the eggs and then folds in the flour (which has been sifted 3 times to make the sponge really light and fluffy!)Meanwhile you bring the butter and milk to the boil letting it bubble up to the top of the saucepan and then pour it in to the cake mixture. Then pour the mixture into a well greased tin and bake for 20 minutes and then turn out on a rack to cool.
With the 2 cakes step 1 is to sandwich the cakes together – we do this with a layer of whipped cream topped with slices of strawberries and bananas and then cover the fruit with more whipped cream.
Step 2 – Take a dessert spoon and spoon out an area of the top cake – for a bunker and use the cake that has been carved out to to make a hill
Step 3. Make some butter icing and set aside a bowlful and then colour the rest green for the grass and cover the square with light green butter cream icing. Put the icing underneath the “hill” to stick it in place and cover it on top
Step 4.Take the white butter icing and fill the hole to make the bunker
Step 5 – Take some dessicated coconut and put into a bowl or bag a mix or shake with some green food colouring – to make the grass.
Step 6 – Sprinkle the coconut around the edge of the cake for the grass and make some darker green icing for the green.
step 7. Add the finishing touches with a flag on the green and a golf ball – some fir trees and a golfer!
And although I dont have a photo of the cake with candles at the birthday lunch – this is my Dad (and mum and 4 of his 5 grandchildren – waiting for the cake to come!)