It’s not every day I bake the biggest, pinkest, gayest cake I’ve ever made. And it’s not for just anyone that I would do that either, but this was a special occasion. My friend Melissa was getting married… in Australia. Why was I making a cake in London? Well, it’s all very complicated… and this is definitely not the wedding cake!
Melissa, known affectionately as McMuffin (cute, right?), lived in London for a year in 2008 and she was my favourite eating buddy. We ate together everywhere humanly imaginable, and she was The One who introduced me to Lantana. Mostly, you would just find us at Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington, sharing a slice of vanilla cake, red velvet cake and choc fudge brownie. Yep.
This is McMuffin! And our Hummingbird Bakery vanilla cake! And I had long hair! 🙂
Anyway Mel got married on Saturday to the fabulous Chris and it sucks so bad that I missed her wedding, but when you live abroad, there’s only so many weddings you can go home for. I decided to celebrate Mel in a different way, a way I knew she’d wholly approve of, and so on Saturday night I baked for her her favourite cake, the Hummingbird Bakery vanilla “princess” cake.
Caveat! Hummingbird Bakery don’t call this cake a princess cake, it’s just a vanilla cake but come on. It comes with sprinkles and stars or scattered with flowers so um, princess much?
So I baked this crazy three tiered cake on Saturday afternoon, blasting Bon Jovi loud. There’s totally nothing wrong with that. It took me almost three hours because I only have one cake tin and look, it has three fracking layers! so I had to bake the cake three times. Mel if you ever get around to reading this, I did it all for you. Because I sure as hell didn’t make a big pink cake for me.
The cake is so huge that one slice gave me sugar headache and because Mel isn’t actually here to eat the cake (I offloaded a quarter to Su-yin thank god), I still have about 5kgs worth of pinkness to get through. I’ll be living on fruit for all eternity.
Which reminds me. Check out this infinitely healthier dessert – the most colourful fruit salad I’ve ever seen! SoFeminine.co.uk landed on my radar recently and I actually quite like the site. Lots of healthy eating, beauty, fashion-y girl stuff. And I especially love that fruit salad. How many fruits are in that thing?
Anyway, vanilla princess cake. Pretty? Pretty. Too pink? Too pink. But if nothing else it gave me a valid excuse to wander around John Lewis’ foodhall (my happy place) and buy those adorable little sugar flowers 😉
|vanilla princess cake|
|Quantity for ONE layer of cake:
120 grams plain flour
120 grams castor sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
40 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
120 mL whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Quantity for ALL THREE layers (if you want to make it in one go):