Pink Birthday Cake

For someone who likes both chocolate cake and the colour pink – a chocolate birthday cake with pink icing and pink cream.

I used my usual birthday cake recipe of chocolate fudge cake, and then made the pink icing.

for the icing:

125 g butter
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
pink food colouring

Cream the butter, either by hand or in a food processor, and add the icing sugar and enough water to make a stuff icing (I didn’t actually measure the water, the tablespoons are a rough estimate). Pour in about ten drops of pink food colouring and mix in – if you want a brighter colour, add more food colouring (although you then may have to add more sugar). You want a nice creamy icing that’s going to be easy to spread over the cake.

for the middle:

cream
pink food colouring
berry jam
punnet of strawberries

Whip the cream, and when it’s firm, add enough as much pink food colouring as you want. Slice the strawberries.

To assemble, decide which of the cakes is going to be the bottom layer, and spread it with jam. Follow it up by spreading it thickly with the pink cream, and then adding the sliced strawberries, placing them evenly across.

Gently squish the second cake on top, and begin smoothing the icing over with a spatula. Don’t try and get it smooth, just somewhat evenly distributed across the top and down the sides. Clean the spatula, dip it in hot water, and quickly smooth across the cake to even out the icing and create a smooth surface.

Decorate with pink sprinkles and pink & white icing flowers.

I think this probably the smartest looking cake I’ve ever managed – normally, my decoration leans towards slapdash, and I must confess this is the first time I bothered to smooth out icing – I was very pleased with the results.

(The colour is a bit whacky in the photo below – makes the pink look a little orange.)

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