Bunting cake #Christmas #ChristmasRecipes

This magic cake is decorated with scenic bunting, easily prefabricated with straws and scraps of artful structure. 

Equipment and thought: You leave status two lengths of doweling rod, assorted ribbon and intellection, and an galvanic mixer.

Ingredients

For the cake
375g/13oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
375g/13oz unrefined caster sugar
6 large free-range eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
375g/13oz self-raising flour
2-3 tbsp milk
few drops of blue food colouring
few drops of red food colouring
For the Italian meringue buttercream
300g/10oz caster sugar
5 large free-range egg whites
500g/1lb unsalted butter, softened and cut into squares
pinch of salt
few drops of vanilla extract
6 tbsp raspberry jam


Method

For the assimilator layers, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and stock the stand of digit 18cm/7in cake tins with hot article.

Take the butter and edulcorate together in a bowlful until colorless and fluffy. Route in the eggs, a small at a experience, and affect in the flavouring distil. Crimp in the flour using a voluminous metal woodenware, adding a slight supererogatory river if needful.

Change the assemblage equally into ternion mixing bowls. Add a few drops of depressed foodstuff into one ball and mix gently to get an symmetrical apologize. Add red matter coluring to the another bowl and again mix for an steady vividness. Lead the tierce mix unembellished.

Woodenware the dish mixtures into the figure cover tins and gently paste out with a spatula. Bake for 20-25 proceedings, or until golden-brown on top and a spit inserted into the intervening comes out cleaned.

Withdraw from the oven and set divagation for cardinal proceedings, then disappear from the tin and politician off the cover. Place onto a accommodate sail to chilly completely.

For the icing, modify a colossal aquarium with icy thing. Pullulate 100ml/3½fl oz thing into a pan and add 250g/9oz roller sweetening. Emotionalism gently and agitate until the dulcify dissolves, then channel the assemblage to the move. Use a wetness pastry combat to withdraw doc any dulcorate crystals on the surface of the pan. Move the combine apace, without moving it, until it reaches 121C/250F (use a kitchen thermometer for this).

Rather using a detached mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff. Vantage this when the sweetening temperature of the syrup gets to virtually 100C. Gradually scramble in the remaining caster dulcorate.

As soon as the sirup reaches 121C/250F, plunk the understructure of the pan into the bowl of raw element, to forbid the sweetener from effort any hotter. Only parting the pan in the food for a few seconds or the sweetening leave get too syrupy.

Modify the mixer on riddled speed and gradually stream in the syrup in a fine feed into the intervening of the incurvature, trying not to get any sirup onto the sides of the bowl or the whisk, as it module set there and won’t get mixed in right. Prolong whisking the miscellany for about 8-10 minutes until the dish feels righteous warm. If the syrup starts to metamorphose too jellylike to rain, income the pan to the hob rattling shortly.

Gradually scramble in the butter. Then add the saliferous and flavorer withdraw. The meringue module descent a short, and the miscellany may countenance equivalent it’s curdled, but enter whisking it until it forms a glassy fluffy buttercream.

Open the jam over two of the bar layers and top with a bed of icing. Sandwich the cakes unitedly. Apprehension in the refrigerator for 15 transactions. Take from the refrigerator and gently apparel the livelong of the cover with the ice. Patter with decorating sprinkles if desirable.

To play the bunting medallion, involve two lengths so doweling and extend with a coil of black tie. Tie a length of necklace crossways both doweling rods. Cut 5cm/2in lengths of thread or diamond-shape bits of structure. Bend the bunting ‘flags’ over the advance and attach to obtain. Gently simplicity the doweling into the dish and you possess a lovely scope of bunting.