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Simple birthday cake recipe

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  • Celebration cakes
  • Birthday cake

A really simple cake to make, but impressive to look at. Perfect for birthdays or a special event.

East Lothian, Scotland, UK

3 people made this

IngredientsServes: 10

  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries
  • For buttercream
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar
  • a few drops of milk or cream

MethodPrep:45min ›Cook:25min ›Extra time:2hr cooling › Ready in:3hr10min

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two sandwich tins and line with parchment.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add one egg, and then some flour and beat well. Repeat with remaining eggs and flour, then beat in the vanilla. Divide the mixture equally into the two tins.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden on top and springy to the touch.
  5. For the buttercream, beat together icing sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Add drops of milk or cream as needed to get a spreadable texture.
  6. Take cakes out of oven, place on wire rack and leave to cool for at least 2 to 3 hours.
  7. Once completely cool, place jam on top of one sponge and smooth down with a knife. Then place some buttercream into the middle and smooth down over icing.
  8. Place the second sponge on top and begin to spread buttercream all over the cake (easiest to start from the sides and leave the top until the end).
  9. Finally, places some raspberries on top and pop into fridge to allow the icing to harden for around 1 hour.


You can use a ribbon to decorate your cake, but best to do after icing has set.

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