It’s my friend’s son’s 2nd Birthday in a couple of weeks time and I’ve been asked to bake his Birthday cake for his party. I didn’t want to make just an ordinary cake, but nothing too complicated either as I don’t want things going wrong at the last minute! So after a little thought, I decided it would be fun to make him a Giant Doughnut Cake. (I actually wanted to make this for the Boyfriend’s Birthday back in October but I didn’t order the mould in time! 28 or 2, it doesn’t matter! ;-))
Since I will have to make the cake the night before the party, I wanted to do a test run with the mould and make sure I had it nailed, as there would be nothing worse than ruining a 2 year olds Birthday!
The cake I decided on was a Vanilla Funfetti Buttermilk Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, here’s what you will need:
For the cake:
290g caster sugar
120g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
45g Hundreds and Thousands (or more if you fancy)
For the icing:
300g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter
125g cold cream cheese
Blue food colouring (or a colour of your choice)
Hundreds and Thousands to decorate
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
In a bowl, beat the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy and then mix in the eggs.
Pour in the buttermilk and mix it gently. Then slowly start adding the flour, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla extract and beat until everything is incorporated. Lastly, add the Hundreds and Thousands to the batter and mix well.
Grease the moulds and dust with flour. Place onto a tray with baking paper and pour in the batter evenly between the two moulds.
Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and then leave to cool.
For the icing, beat the sugar and butter until they are well mixed. Add the cream cheese and food colouring and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.
Once the cake has cooled, place one half on a cake stand and sandwich the other half on top with Strawberry Jam in the middle.
Frost the top of the doughnut with the frosting and sprinkle the Hundreds and Thousands on to decorate.
My test run went fairly well and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. Maybe I’ll make the frosting a little bluer for the actual party and maybe try more colourful sprinkles as they lost their colour a bit in the batter, but I hope the little ones enjoy the Giant Doughnut Cake on the day!
It’s a fun and pretty easy way to update a standard cake if you’re looking to surprise someone or just make something a little different. I’m looking forward to seeing Fraser’s reaction on his Birthday!
Let me know if you try it! Use #AlmostApricotBakes so I can see! :)