Birthday Sponge Cake

quick and easy birthday cake, 8 year old boy, the number 8 turned into a race track, boy birthday party, baking a birthday cake, recipe for large oven pan cake, tami magninI’ve been quite scarce online of late and that is because I go to ground every year at this time to bake a multitude of cakes for my children’s birthdays. I was very happy with the way Zac’s cake turned out this year because I resisted the temptation to hire a moulded tin and decided to challenge myself to “go it alone”. I was also glad that I started with this one because it was a very simple design and it actually looked very impressive in the end.

I found this recipe a long time ago (in fact I first made it for Zac’s 3rd birthday which makes it 5 years go) and after that party, I doubled the recipe on paper so that I wouldn’t have to do it every year. I don’t know about you but doubling a recipe in my head, while possible, takes more energy than its worth and when you have to bake everyday for a week; any energy you can spare is useful.

When it came to choosing the design, I sketched out 4 options for Zac in thumbnail format on Tuesday morning and gave him the choice of what he wanted his birthday cake to look like. The drawings have since vanished after being coloured in my my 5 year old so I can’t include it in the post. The options he had to choose from were: a fish, a turtle, Spiderman and the figure 8.

Birthday Sponge Cake

300g (300ml) melted butter/baking margarine (like Wooden Spoon/Corden Bleu)

520g (1000ml) flour

500g (600g) castor sugar

30ml baking powder

6 large eggs

200ml milk

100ml water

10ml vanilla (or other flavour) essence

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease and line oven roasting pan. Place melted margarine in a bowl. Sift dry ingredients onto margarine. Add eggs, milk, water and essesnce. Beat for 3-6 minutes by hand or 2-3 minutes on low speed with electric beaters until the mixture is smooth scraping down the sides once or twice if necessary. Pour mixture into baking tin and bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly, put a lid of tin foil, dull side facing you, on loosely from about the 25 minute mark.

Allow to cool completely before decorating with your favourite icing.

This recipe makes one large rectangular cake in a standard black oven pan that comes with most ovens.

So in order to cut up a cake in a specific design, I printed off a number 8 using MSWord, font: myriad pro bold, font size: 1950 on A3 paper. I cut the number out and pinned it to the cake using tooth picks. I cut around this number with a knife and removed the pieces I didn’t need. I then transferred this onto the board before I started decorating. The track is made of fondant that I dyed black with gel food colour and the rest of the icing is buttercream.

 

quick and easy birthday cake, 8 year old boy, the number 8 turned into a race track, boy birthday party, baking a birthday cake, recipe for large oven pan cake, tami magnin

quick and easy birthday cake, 8 year old boy, the number 8 turned into a race track, boy birthday party, baking a birthday cake, recipe for large oven pan cake, tami magnin

quick and easy birthday cake, 8 year old boy, the number 8 turned into a race track, boy birthday party, baking a birthday cake, recipe for large oven pan cake, tami magnin 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Birthday Sponge Cake

    November 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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  2. Sous Chef

    November 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Great cake, I bet he was pleased! Hope you made trifle with the leftover cake bits?

    1. rumtumtiggs

      November 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Sue, yes the off cuts was extensive (especially since it wasn’t the only cake I was making this week) so I have enough sponge for about 4 trifles. I’m given half of it away to my mom so she can use it for her trifle too 😉 xx

  3. Zirkie

    November 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    O, I love this Tami and I made something similar for my son when he turned 8! I must send the pics to you!!

    1. rumtumtiggs

      November 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you Zirkie, I think it is definately a right of passage. Especially for mom’s of boys ;). I had such fun making it and the board came home from school clean, not a single slice left for the grandparents so I had to quickly make a jam and cream sponge for them. I’m so glad that the kids appreciate it xx :). P.S. Can’t wait to see you on TV on Saturday (even if it is just for about 10 minutes or so). Must make a plan to watch it together…?

  4. Kristy

    November 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Lovely cake Tami, looks so cute — just want to eat it.

    1. rumtumtiggs

      November 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Kristy. I actually do have some decent pics but in the hustle and bustle of getting the cake to school I just posted my cellphone pics. Hoping to post nicer ones (together with the cakes I’ve made for the combined party on Saturday) next week xx :)

  5. Zirkie

    November 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I think we should really make a plan and watch all the epsidodes together, very soon!! Enjoy the party and hugs to you! ♥

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    January 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

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  8. Andrea

    August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Nice cake! Can you tell me the measurements of the cake pan?

    1. rumtumtiggs

      August 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

      I would say 30cm x 45cm (might be slightly bigger)? Its a black roasting pan we get standard with our ovens here in South Africa. It is about 5cm deep.

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