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2nd Birthday Sprinkles Cake

If you are anything like me then you love to see pictures of amazing birthday cakes, but then reality hits as you realise you would never be able to make such a beautiful creation.  I made a commitment to myself that I would make a cake every year for my daughter’s birthday and that cake would be made from scratch.

That’s right, there would be no packet mix in sight!  Well, I have now done two years in a row and I’m pretty chuffed with myself!

Ok, so neither of these cakes are worthy of a front page magazine spread, but they were simple to make and I still think they looked pretty impressive.  My daughter has just had her 2nd birthday, so this year I made her a sprinkles cake.

Sprinkles Cake

A sprinkles cake is perfect for little ones, it’s fun, colourful and the best party….it is super easy!

So first up, you need to bake your cake.  I used an easy chocolate cake recipe which is delicious!  It was the same recipe I used for my daughter’s first birthday cake, and I decided to do it again as she enjoyed it so much.

Easy Chocolate Cake

It doesn’t matter if the cake doesn’t look 100% pretty because we are going to completely cover it with frosting…and of course sprinkles……yum!!!

Simply spread the entire cake with the frosting and smooth it over as best as you can with a flat paddle knife.

Cake Frosting

Need the frosting recipe?  Not a problem, here it is for you:

Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

  • 500g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 160g butter at room temperature
  • 50ml of whole milk
  • Four drops of Vanilla Essence
  • This will be enough to cover a 20cm round, 5cm deep cake.

Instructions

1. Beat the icing sugar and the butter together with an electric mixer pm medium-slow speed until fully mixed.

2. Combine the milk and the vanilla essence in a separate bowl and add to the mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time.

3. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed and continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy. This will take at least 5 minutes.

4. the longer the frosting is beaten, the lighter and fluffier it will be.

5. Once you are satisfied with your frosting, spread it evenly over your cake.

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Next comes the fun part.

Grab yourself a cookie cutter and place it in the middle of your cake.  I chose a number 2 cookie cutter to represent my daughter’s age, but you could use whatever cookie cutter you wish to match the theme of your party or event.

Sprinkles Cake

Have your sprinkles on hand, ready for the decorating!

Sprinkles Cake

Fill the cookie cutter with the sprinkles and tap down gently into the frosting, to make sure they stick.

Don’t press too hard, but you want to ensure that they wont run off as soon as you remove the cookie cutter!

Sprinkles Cake

Once you are satisfied you have enough sprinkles in place, carefully lift the cookie cutter and you are left with your perfectly formed number 2 sprinkles cake.

Sprinkles Cake

Add a touch more sprinkle over the top of the cake and around the base to give it that bit of extra colour and you are done!

Sprinkles Cake

Pretty simple hey!

Trust me….if I can do this, then you can too!  I am certainly no chef in the kitchen and this sprinkles cake is definitely a cake that anyone can make.

So if you feel that you are not able to make a cake look that little bit extra special….give this one a try!  You may even surprise yourself!!

Just to finish off, here is a picture of the birthday girl herself ….she is pretty cute don’t you think!

Sprinkles Cake

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Thanks for reading

Catherine

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4 Responses to 2nd Birthday Sprinkles Cake

  1. Jacqui Odell October 21, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    This is so cute and simple. I love the idea of using the stencil. Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

    • Catherine Holt October 21, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      Thanks Jacqui. I’m not the best in the kitchen, so i was thrilled when this came out so well 🙂

  2. Cheryl October 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Love the simplicity of this! Very cute and it’s actually one decorating technique that I think I could master!

    • Catherine Holt October 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Ha ha…that is exactly my thoughts Cheryl!! I am not a cake decorator by any means, but this is so easy to do and looks really good too. Thanks or stopping by 🙂

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