Birthday Cakes

By The Nosh Team -Posted on 10th Oct 2012  

Recipe info

Cost: £0.17 / CAKE

Serves: 18 cakes

Ease: ****

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


  • 250g block softened butter
  • 1 mug sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 11⁄2 mugs self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
Butter cream icing
  • 100g butter (2⁄5 of a 250g block)
  • 11⁄2 mugs icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk (if required)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan oven/200ºC/gas 6.
  2. Put 18 bun cases in the baking tins ready. Proper cake tins are really handy here.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until it turns pale cream and is quite fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well. Add the flour, don’t beat the mixture, but fold in the flour carefully Add 4 tablespoons of water.
  4. Divide the mixture between the bun cases. They should be quite full in order to ‘peak’ well.
  5. Place in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. They should bounce back when pressed gently.
  6. Leave to cool before decorating.
  7. To make the butter cream, beat together the butter and icing sugar. If you want the icing to be softer, you can add some milk.
  8. Spread icing over the cooled cakes and decorate with whatever else you fancy.

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