I had no idea what to call this cake.
Pink and Blue Lemon and Raspberry Cake is probably the most accurate, but also the most boring. Disco Spacegirl cake would also have worked, as would Epilepsy Action’s National Tea and Cake Break cake, as would My Little Pony cake, as would Hannah’s Goodbye Cake, as would Very Confusing Because It Looks Pink Then It Looks Blue But It Tastes Yellow cake. You see my problem, here.
I made this cake is for Hannah. Hannah used to work in my team. She was, without a doubt, the most enthusiastic and dedicated person in our organisation. Considering how massive our organisation is, that’s impressive. She has amazing (and award-winning) ideas, never-ending passion for what she does and every morning would inspire the hell out of me and remind me that I could, if I tried hard enough to, make something great.
She also has the best and brightest fashion sense I’ve ever come across, and recently dyed her hair mermaid blue. It’s so mesmerising I spent a long time just staring at her from across the desks. It’s also the inspiration for this cake. For, you see, it doesn’t just have a sparkly pink exterior – it also has a blue, ombre interior.
Hannah left my team last week for the wonderful Failbetter games, We gave her a send-off befitting the love we have for her, including this sparkly Disco Spacegirl cake, all of us dressing in a way that was inspired by her (I wore purple tights with red Doc Martens, a green dress, yellow cardi and Tatty Devine sparkly necklace with my hair in buns on the side of my head), and presents that made her pull this face.
Quite by coincidence, this cake fits in with a request from Epilepsy Action. On Friday 18th October, they are holding a National Tea and Cake Break to raise money. They want lots of pink and blue baked goods to fit with their pink and blue logo, and I think this cake is about as pink and as blue as you can get.
600,000 people in the UK are living with epilepsy, and Epilepsy Action directly helps an amazing 1.2 million people via services such as a freephone helpline, support group network, specialist nurse scheme and informative website. They need money to keep doing this, though, and so I encourage you all to hold a Cake Break. If I didn’t work for a different charity I’d be doing it myself…!
This is basically a simple Victoria sponge which I increased by a half and then added lemon zest to. I then made buttercream and added lemon zest to that, too. Super easy – I literally made the ingredients after stumbling home from a night out and then assembled it in a meeting room the morning of Hannah’s leaving do.
To decorate I used food colouring, silver spray lustre and edible glitter. With the colouring, make sure you get gel colouring as liquid isn’t intense enough and will thin the icing. Wilton is best for this, but I used Dr. Oetker. I put Sky Blue in the cake and both Bright Red and Hot Pink in the buttercream.
- 260g of unsalted butter/margarine
- 260g of caster sugar
- 4 very large eggs
- The zest of two unwaxed lemons
- 260g of self-raising flour
- Blue food dye
- 1.5 tablespoons of milk
- Raspberry jam
- 250g very soft unsalted butter
- 500g icing sugar
- The zest of one unwaxed lemon
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Hot pink food dye
- Edible glitter
- Edible silver lustre spray
- Preheat the oven to 180C and line three 8-inch tins
- Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in completely before adding a new one, then stir in the lemon zest. Add the flour and fold to make a smooth batter
- Seperate the batter into three equal sections in different bowls. In one bowl, add three drops of colour. In another, add two. In the final add one. Mix well. Repeat until all your color has been used or until you achieved the desired colour
- Bake for 20-25 minutes and leave to cool
- Put the ingredients for the icing into a bowl. Mix with a freestanding mixer with a paddle attachment on a low speed until roughly combined. Then turn the speed up to maximum and beat for five minutes, turning the mixer off and scraping down the sides occasionally. Add the pink colouring and lemon zest and beat for 30 seconds more
- Put the darkest cake on a plate. Top with a heaped tablespoon or two of jam, and spread almost to the sides. Add a tablespoon or two of buttercream to the top of the middle cake, smear, then put the buttercream side of that cake on top of the jam
- Top the middle cake with a heaped tablespoon or two of jam, and spread almost to the sides. Add a tablespoon or two of buttercream to the top of the lightest cake and put it, buttercream side down, on the top
- Smear the remaining buttercream around the rest of the cake, making it as even as possible. Spray with the lustre spray and decorate with the glitter