HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!

This weekend was my mum’s birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!!!!!!!!!!!

As I make so many cakey delights and she has a penchant for good cake it was difficult to decide what to make.  Cupcake tower or birthday cake?!  How should I decorate it?????  I should have spent more time actually making her cake than thinking about it as I ran out of time to do anything fancy in the end.  She has recently started to enjoy red velvet cake so here’s what I made.

Red Velvet cake with lashings of cream cheese frosting

Red Velvet cake with lashings of cream cheese frosting

Stacked- Four layers of Red Velvet Cake

Stacked- Four layers of Red Velvet Cake

I think that the usage of the love heart sprinkles is particularly effective and cute and for me it symbolizes family love.

I love the colour of the cake and 4 layers covered in delicious pale cream cheese frosting looks stunning!  Needless to say there wasn’t much left to come home from the restaurant with!

Tips for Layer Cakes

  • Where possible bake each layer using a separate tin for each layer.
  • To ensure even layers, weigh each tin with the batter in.  I usually weigh each layer to approximately 9-10 oz.
  • Cool cakes fully before attempting to frost otherwise you will have melted frosting!
  • Dust off any crumbs before covering in frosting.
  • Any frosting should be thick enough to spread or pipe, not loose so it falls off the cake.
  • Apply a big dollop of frosting to the middle of the cake and spread evenly across the cake with a palette knife for an even finish.
  • Alternatively you could pipe the icing on each layer.
  • A cake turntable or lazy susan is very useful to get a smooth finish on the sides of the cake or to create the swirl effect on top.
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