Whether you’re a semi-pro baker or a keen novice, baking a birthday cake for your child is a special occasion. It’s not a casual cake for every day, this cake adds to their (and your) memories of the day. The most important tip to remember is to enjoy, don’t stress yourself out and take your time during the process. You’re marking an occasion with a delicious treat!
The key to baking a cake for a special occasion is to keep it simple. This is not only because you are under pressure (if you have little ones, you could be feeding all their classmates!) This is also because you may not have a chance to bake it again, as most parents we know are time-poor, especially when they are planning the perfect birthday party.
No added pressure, of course, we’ve got you! With simple pointers that will help you on your way. Simply follow our expert tips below and give your child a birthday party (and cake) to remember.
Opt for a simple, easy to follow recipe
Go for tried and tested recipes, from either your favourite baker or a mix that you have already mastered. It’s very important to make sure you use the exact measurements and ingredients as stated in the recipe, a slight tweak or extra addition can change the formula and alter the taste in the end – trust us, we’ve been there!
Top tip: Get as much air into the cake
For a light, airy texture, think about physically adding air to your cake. If you are mixing together the butter and sugar (as you usually would in most simple recipes) keep going until the mixture lightens in texture and colour. This increases the air and volume of the cake, giving you a lighter result overall, sifting your flour also helps.
Ensure the oven is preheated
Some people try to save time by adding the cake to the oven and then turning it on. This is a huge problem in the baking world, as this amends the baking time and alters the texture. Preheat your oven so that it is the right temperature waiting as soon as your cake mixture is ready. The raising agent will start working as soon as it comes into contact with any of the ‘wet’ ingredients, so when it comes to baking the perfect cake every minute counts!
Time management: Cool properly before decorating
We would suggest waiting for three hours at least before you decorate your cake. Ensure it is properly cooled as icing + heat = a melted mess! Finally, you can decorate add favourite flavours, colours or characters for a simple yet effective twist.
Left it too late?
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