Well Summer is definitely here where I live in the UK! We are currently enjoying a bit of a heat wave which means it is the perfect weather for a summer party or BBQ. I hope wherever you are reading this the sun is shinning for you too.
So to celebrate the sunshine I thought I would make a cake that would be the perfect summer centerpiece. This watermelon themed cake is really simple to make and is decorated with buttercream and seeds made from black icing. Now it may not look exactly like a round watermelon, but you get the idea! The bit I love most about this cake, is that the sponge cake inside has been coloured to match the coloured buttercream on the outside, so when your guests see you cut into the cake this adds a bit of a surprise!
For the cake itself I actually used the same recipe that I use for my vanilla cupcakes, but I doubled it up to give me enough mixture to split into my 6 inch cake tins, giving me 4 layers of delicious cake.
I then coloured a quarter of the mixture with the Sugarflair extra green and the remaining three quarters with the Sugarflair extra red. The great thing about these gel colours is that the paste is highly concentrated, so you only need a small amount to get these vibrant colours which keep their colour when baked. I then coloured my buttercream with the same colours, and also added in the lighter green shade so that after filling the cake the outside would match perfectly. Oh and I added alot of chocolate chips to the red layers to look like the watermelon seeds.
The ingredients you will need to make this 6 inch cake are:
14oz/ 400g – Self Raising Flour
14oz/ 400g – Butter
14oz/ 400g – Caster Sugar
4tbsp – Vanilla Essence / Flavouring
4tbsp – Milk
I love how simple this cake is to make, but how it is so bright and vibrant and really has a summery feel. I really hope you will enjoy the tutorial and find it useful:
If you would like to know how I made the vanilla buttercream in this video then I have another video explaining the ingredients and how I made it (which can be seen here – vanilla Buttercream).
Below is a list of the tools I used to decorate the cake that you might find useful:
Turn Table: http://amzn.to/2CfVJUl
Wilton Icing Smoother: https://amzn.to/2KSRBii
Metal Scrapper Tool: http://amzn.to/2BNjf7v
Piping bags I use: http://amzn.to/2xqeDlM
Sugarflair Extra Green: https://amzn.to/2L5SwuZ
Sugarflair Extra Red: https://amzn.to/2KQQKyo
Also why not save the recipe for later and pin it to Pinterest