toadstool house cake…

 

Toadstool House Cake

Toadstool House Cake

Toadstool House Cake…
One of the first cookery books I remember when I was growing up, had an adorable toadstool cake which I have always wanted to make, and now, today’s the day!!

Sponge…

250g butter
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
250g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp warm water

Buttercream…

125g butter
250g icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
vanilla essence

Glaze…
125g strawberry jam
2 tbsp water

Method…

1. pre heat the oven to 160 degrees and grease and flour a pyrex mixing bowl and an 800g tin (with one end removed and thouroughly washed)
2. cream together the butter and sugar, until light and creamy
3. beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoon of the flour with the second egg (to prevent curdling)
4. beat in the vanilla
5. gently fold in the remaining flour
6. mix in the water, until all combined
7. transfer the mixture to the bowl and tin, then level the surfaces
8. place in the oven for 50 minutes for the tin and 55-60 for the bowl
9. transfer to a wire rack to cool
10. heat the jam with the water until dissolved and simmer until syrupy
11. brush the bowl cake with the glaze
12. roll out the icing on a floured surface, into a large circle, then lift, using your rolling pin, and position over the bowl cake, moudling the icing onto the cake
13. using liquorice allsorts, make spots for the roof attatching with some glaze, and make a chimney out of a marshamallow
14. for the butter cream, beat the butter with half the icing sugar, until smooth
15. beat in the milk and vanilla with the remaining icing sugar
16. cover the can cake with the buttercream
17. place the bowl cake carefully on top of the can cake to assemble
18. use liquorice allsorts to make windows and doors
19. with the remaining buttercream, add green food colouring and ice the cake board, then fluff up with a fork to create grass, create a path if you wish
20. it may be too pretty to eat, but its also too yummy not to, so enjoy!!

This is based on a recipe in Children’s Party Cooking (1983).

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