Buying cakes is an expensive business, and with a busy year for birthdays, I decided it was time to have a go at upping my game.
Pretty but elegant, naked cakes are the perfect choice for a special occasion, so I decided to have a go at one myself… with an ombre surprise inside.
Wanting to keep things simple, I followed Mary Berry’s Victoria sponge recipe. It’s easy to follow and comes out perfectly every time. As well as the normal cake ingredients, I was very kindly sent a few bits and pieces from Hobbycraft to help bring my creation to life…
Sugar and Crumbs ‘Raspberry Ripple’ Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar
Sugar and Crumbs ‘Coconut’ Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar
Icing Smoother (14.8cm x 8.5cm)
Rainbow Dust ProGel Pink Food Colouring
Pink Vintage Flower Bundle
Silver Diamante ‘60’ cake picks
7 “ Layer Cake tin, Set of 5
I started by mixing my sponge and filling each tin to create my layers. Between filling each tin, I added in an extra drop of the pink food colouring, building the intensity of the colour. A little goes a long way with ProGel colouring, so only add a small drop at a time.
Once the sponges were cooked and cooled, it was time to assemble, with a little jam and buttercream between each layer. I used the Coconut Sugar and Crumbs flavoured icing sugar between the sponges, and it was delicious partnered with raspberry jam.
Onto the potentially tricky part, I used my ‘Raspberry Ripple’ Sugar and Crumbs icing sugar to create the ‘Naked’ icing look to the cake. A added the smallest drop of pink food colouring, to create a blush tone to the cake.
It was much easier than I thought it would be. The trick is to take your time.
I spread a fairly thick layer of buttercream around the exterior of the cake, and then focused on making it as thin as possible. Using the icing smoother, I removed the buttercream to the very edge of the cake. Once I’d taken away as much as I could, I then used a heated palette knife to smooth the sides. I just dipped the knife in some boiling water, and the heat gave the buttercream a neat finish.
Then it was just a matter of keeping the cake cool, adding on the flowers and diamante picks as a cake topper.
Simple as that, it really is easier than you’d think to create a naked cake without spending a fortune, and with Mother’s Day coming up it’s the perfect treat to enjoy as a family!
Post written in collaboration with Hobbycraft, all words and opinions are my own.