I'm so not down with the kids. I know nothing of current children's TV, and don't even know the names of the Minions. Luckily, I have April (2) and Jayne (30) to assist me. They're good eggs.
The other week, my little pal April turned the ripe old age of two. Being the daughter of a fantastic baker (no Kev, I'm talking about Lucie...), she was always going to appreciate cake! For her birthday I bought her a little pink mixer to match her mummy's, a gingerbread man set, and made her a pink Percy Pig Bundt Cake, complete with a hidden curly tail!
I don't think she was overly convinced by the snazzy sparkler, but she was thrilled with the little Percy sweets! This is a really girly cake, and has a lovely surprise in the centre. It could easily be adapted for boys as well though, just change the colours to your given character.Ingredients:
- 225g butter
- 450g golden caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 350g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 250ml strawberry fat free yoghurt
- 1 tbsp strawberry flavouring
- Pink food colouring
- 300g icing sugar plus 1 tsp strawberry flavouring.
- Mini Percy Pig sweets
- Preheat the oven to gas 3/160 c
- Prepare a regular sized bundt tin - 2.4l, 10 cup, 10 inch with Cake Release spray and dust with flour.
- Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix in the strawberry flavouring.
- In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Pour the yoghurt into a jug.
- Sift in a third of the flour mix followed by half the yoghurt. Repeat this until everything is combined.
- Give everything a quick mix on a low speed for about 10 seconds.
- Remove about 8 tbsp of batter into a small bowl, and dye pink.
- Put half of the standard mix into your prepared tin.
- Cover with your pink layer.
- Tip the rest of the standard batter on top.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.
- When the cake is fully cooled, mix the icing sugar with 1 tsp of strawberry flavouring and enough water to make a pouring consistency - tip it over the cake and scatter with pigs - as you do.
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