Recipe

Sand castle birthday cake

Fun, colourful and delicious, this adorable sand castle themed birthday cake is perfect for busy explorers who love spending time at the beach.

  • Serves 12
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
Sand castle

Ingredients

Sand castle
  • 1 quantity basic buttercake
  • 1 quantity basic butter cream
  • yellow food colouring
Butter cream (1 quantity)
  • 125 gram (40z) softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Method

Sand castle
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate, 180ºC (160ºC fan forced). Lightly grease and flour a 9-cup pudding basin.
  • 2
    Spoon cake mixture into pan, smoothing top. Bake 40-45 minutes, until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in basin 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Trim base of cake to create a flat surface.
  • 3
    To make butter cream. Beat the butter (and any flavouring if using) in a small bowl with an electric beater until the butter is as white as possible. (This will result in a whiter buttercream which will give you better results if colouring it). Gradually beat in half of the sifted icing sugar, then the milk, then the remaining sifted icing sugar.Beat until the butter cream is smooth and spreadable. Keep scraping down the side of the bowl during beating.
  • 4
    Tint buttercream with yellow food colouring.
  • 5
    Spread butter cream all over sides and top of the cake. Smooth surface with spatula. Transfer to serving board or plate. Cut out triangles of paper and colour in stripes. Glue onto toothpicks and allow to dry. Top cake with flags and arrange starfish as shown.

Notes

DECORATIONS striped paper, toothpicks, glue, toy starfish, to decorate For a more elaborate cake, add some chocolate shells (or make your own using melted chocolate and chocolate shell moulds). You can also make some sand by rubbing yellow food colouring into sugar. Sprinkle it over buttercream or around cake edges.