Birthday Cake - 2012


I never realised the time fly so fast that I already missed out last two month events :(  So... when I made this birthday cake for my younger boy for his celebration at kindergarten , so coincidence that I won't missing in action again for this month event :)    Here I would like to submit this post to AspiringBakers #18: Layers of Love (April 2012) hosted by Sam of Sweet Samsations.



 
The cake consist of :
A. Chocolate Sponge Cake
B. Vanilla Sponge Cake
C. Swiss Meringue Buttercream  great recipe with full pictures adapted from Wendyywy
D. Chocolate Picture Transfer Sheet –  useful tutorial with pictures adapted from Happy Flour



CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE :
from my favourite swiss roll recipe

Ingredients:
70 gr Boiling water
25 gr Cocoa Powder (here I used mixed of both)
20 gr Sugar

4 Egg yolks
15 gr Sugar
50 gr Oil
50 gr Cake four

3 Egg whites
50 gr Sugar

Method:
- Shift cocoa powder and sugar in bowl, then pour in the boiling water and stir well incorporated.
- Preheat oven 200 deg C.
- Hand whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale. Add in oil & the cocoa mixture, mix well.
- Fold in cake flour until combined.
- In separated bowl, whisk egg white until foamy, add in 50gr sugar, whisk until stiff (soft peak).
- Pour 1/3 egg white mixture into egg yolk-flour mixture and mixed well, then pour this into the rest of the egg white and mixed well.
- Pour into tray (12"x12"x1") and bake for 10-15 mins.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack


 
VANILLA SPONGE CAKE :
adapted from Keiko - OKASHI – Souffle Roll Sponge

Ingredients:
1 Egg
3 Egg Yolks
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

35 gr Unsalted Butter
60 gr Cake Flour
60 gr Fresh Milk

3 Egg Whites
85 gr Fine sugar

Method:
- Preheat oven 180 deg C (my oven I baked in 200C)
- Combine egg, egg yolks and vanilla in a small bowl and beat lightly. Set aside.
- Place butter in a small saucepan and heat gently until melted. Add flour to melted butter and cook through. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, then add egg mixture a little at a time with a spatula till a smooth batter. Add milk and mix to incorporate. Strain the batter and set aside.
- Whisk egg white in a clean bowl and beat till foamy. Add half the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes, then add remaining sugar and beat till stiff peak.
- Add 1/3 meringue into egg yolk mixture and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold till just incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared pan (12"x12"x1") and spread evenly with a scraper.
- Bake for 15-20 mins and leave to cool on wire rack.

 

13 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to Ervin. Nice cake.

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  2. i wish to have a bite of your cake...:)

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  3. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesApril 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Happy belated birthday to your boy! Nice cake. Btw, how's your Beijing trip?

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Re. the Beijing trip, it was good. We went there & Xi'an during March holiday, wheather is pretty nice cooling, except last day when we about to board the plane, there was snowing :)

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  4. I'm sure Ervin jumped with joy when he saw what a marvellous cake mummy baked for him. Happy belated b'day to him!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your little prince

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  6. Great job, very nice cake you had made for your boy. Sent him my belated wishes. :)

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  7. Happy belated birthday to Ervin! A nice birthday cake you have here! I hope to have the courage to try out the chocolate transfer sheet method one day.

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  8. Little Ervin is a lucky boy to have a Mummy who is a talented baker. No store bought cake can compare to those made with love,

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  9. Happy belated birthday :D
    This cake is too cute!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. you've done very well for the picture transfer! i dont think i can do it yet!

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    1. I'm sure you will do much much better than me, Lena :)

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