Blueberry Floral Cake




Hello! I hope you had a great weekend. I had a busy few days of fondant colour matching and baking! I have been planning to bake a cake inspired by this Lowie dress for a few weeks now. I bought it in the sale on Asos (also a skirt in the same pattern!!) and the moment I saw the pattern I knew it would be a great Bake my Style project. The cake is a layered sponge with a butter cream and blueberry filling and floral fondant icing on top – yum!

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The fondant flowers can be a bit tricky and certainly there were a few lost petals along the way but you can prep all those in advance. I made some of the flowers on Saturday while watching a film, I covered them in cling film and in an airtight container to limit them drying out too much.

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The hardest part was trying to match the fondant icing to the colours in the dress, it took a while and I had pink and blue hands for most of Saturday! I hope you are inspired to bake your own Blueberry Floral Cake, here is the recipe:

Cake ingredients

225g self raising flour
225g caster sugar
225g softened unsalted butter
4 eggs
2tsps of baking powder

Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan or gas mark 4. Prepare two 20 cm sandwich tins by greasing with butter and then lining the base with parchment or grease proof paper.
Pop all the measured ingredients into a bowl and mix together with an electric food mixer until combined. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins.
Bake in the preheated oven for around 25 minutes until nicely brown. You can check to see if the cake is ready with a metal skewer. If the skewer comes out clean from the middle of the cake it is ready. If not, leave it in for another few minutes.
Once the cakes are baked and out of the oven, leave them to cool for a minute or two in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment or grease proof paper from the cake and leave to cool completely.

Filling ingredients:
100g softened unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
2tsps milk
100g blueberries

Mix the butter and icing sugar and milk together in a bowl with a hand-held electric mixer to give a lovely smooth icing –  Simples!

Once the cake has cooled spread about half of the buttercream icing evenly over the top of one of the cakes. Next place some blueberries around the edge of the cake about 1cm apart. Pop some of the butter cream icing into icing bag ( I used a medium round nozzle) and pipe little balls of icing in between each blueberry. 

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Spread the remaining blueberries evenly across the centre of the cake.  Next place the other sponge top side down on top of the filling so that the flat part of the cake is now at the top. 

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Spread most of the remaining icing on top of the cake, reserving a small bit to use as a glue of sorts for the decorations later.

Fondant decoration
Roll out your base colour (I used a silicon baking mat for this part) and check that it is big enough to cover the top of your cake by measuring the base of your baking tin against what you have rolled out. Try and have a few cm’s extra on the edge. Place the layer of fondant on top of your cake over the butter cream topping. Cut off any excess to give a neat finish around the edge of the cake.

For the next part I used a variety of flower cutters. I bought some of these in Tk Maxx so have a look there if you want to buy some. For the leaves I just cut the fondant with a knife to get the shape I wanted as I didn’t have any cutters for those! Once you have cut out all the pieces you need you might want to play around with the placement of them on a piece of paper first to make sure you are happy with how it will look.

Once you are happy with your design, use some of the remaining buttercream icing as a glue to keep the flowers in place on the cake (not too much as you don’t want it to be seen!)
For any one who doesn’t like fondant icing or doesn’t like the fussiness of that kind of decoration you can just decorate the top of the cake with more blueberries and buttercream for a simpler finish.

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So there you go, I hope you will try out this cake, I would love to see any pictures of your fabulous creations, just use the hashtag #bakemystyle on any pictures you post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! Don’t forget you can keep up to date with Bake my Style on Instagram and Twitter

Enjoy your Monday evening!

M x

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