Last Saturday I celebrated my birthday and although I have been thinking about a cutsie pastel theme, I decided to go with Halloween inspired food and party decoration instead. My "creepy" red and green Halloween birthday cake was a hit with all my guests because it was not only soft, fluffy and moist but also totally delicious! Below you can see how to make one yourself, and if you are happier with cupcakes see here.
Ingredients: 300g butter (soft) - 300g caster sugar - 3 large eggs - 1 teaspoon vanilla essence - 2 teaspoons red food colouring - 200ml buttermilk - 300g self-raising flour - 1 teaspoon cocoa powder - 2 teaspoon baking powder
Icing: 50g butter - 100g cream cheese - 500g icing sugar - 3 tablespoons green food colouring
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
1) Whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, add the vanilla essence, food colouring and buttermilk (tip: if you don't have buttermilk, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to 200ml milk and leave for 5-10 minutes). Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa in a separate bowl and add to the batter.
2) Divide the mixture into two 20cm baking tins and bake for 40-50 minutes at 200°C.
3) For the cream cheese icing (or buttercream frosting) beat together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly sift in the icing sugar and whisk all together. The icing sugar is very powdery and it is best to whisk it in gradually rather than all at once unless you want your entire kitchen covered in fine white dust. Add the green food colouring.
4) Take the cakes out of the oven and let them cool down.
5) Now place first cake on a dish and cover the top with about 5mm of the green icing using a spatula or knife. Place the second cake on top of this and cover the top as well as sides with the remaining icing. Decorate with sprinkles etc as you please. Done!!