Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The surprisingly delicious custard cake

Just a few simple ingredients makes this rather delicious cake, it's the kind of custard treat that you'd actually want to be made for a birthday. Using the traditional saucey treat to make a rather tasty buttercream on top, who's for seconds?!

  225g self raising flour
  225g caster sugar
  225g butter
  2 tsp vanilla essence
  2 eggs

For the buttercream
  120g butter
  150g icing sugar
  50g custard powder
  a drop of milk

Pre heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4 and line two 6" round sandwich tins.

Whisk together the sugar and butter in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, add in the eggs and beat together.

Sift in the flour and mix together until well blended, then add in the vanilla essence and give it a good stir to mix in.

Divide the mixture between the two tins then bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and golden, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tins for 10-15 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

Whilst the bases cool, mix your buttercream. Sift together the icing sugar with the custard powder then give it a good stir to mix together. Add in the butter and whisk the mixture until it starts to come together, like me, you may experience a lovely cloud of custard icing sugar powder as you begin to blend, don't worry it'll all come together in a couple of minutes, but you may need a good dusting down afterwards.. the kitchen will however, smell rather sweet as a result..

Once the mixture has come together, it will resemble an orange, thick buttercream, add a little drop of milk to loosen this mixture and achieve a golden yellow custardy colour.

Place half of this mixture on top of the first layer of your cake, top with the second half of the cake and place the remaining buttercream on top. If you like you could finish it off with sprinkles to add a finishing touch.

Recipe inspired by: The pretty blog