Make your own Upsy Daisy Cake!

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have just made an Upsy Daisy cake for my two year old granddaughter – and she loved it!  I used a Nigella Lawson recipe for Buttermilk cake.  The cake was enough for 20 people with generous helpings.

I chose that recipe because it is easy to cut without falling apart and holds its shape well.  I doubled up the recipe and made one round cake (in two halves) and 1 square cake in a 23cm tin. It is shown here on an 18″ inch cake board and practically covered it.  Then I enlarged a printout of Upsy Daisy from the In the Night Garden website and traced it onto a baking paper sheet to place over the cakes and cut them out. I used the chocolate buttercream to fix the arms in place and the legs were cut in one piece with the body.

Nigella Lawson’s easy birthday buttermilk cake

This cake is ideal for any birthday cake you want to make in a special mould as it holds its shape brilliantly.

Serves 10

250g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
200ml buttermilk (or 75g yogurt mixed with 125ml semi-skinned milk) finely grated zest of an unwaxed lemon, plus 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
125g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs
icing sugar and ready-to-roll icing to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Butter a 23cm ring mould cake tin.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt together. Mix the buttermilk (or yogurt mixture) and lemon zest.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a little of the flour with the last one. Gradually add the rest of the flour with the buttermilk, one after the other, until thoroughly mixed.

Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until well risen and pale golden brown. Loosen the sides of the cake with a round-bladed knife and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

My bit: When cold, I put a thin layer of chocolate buttercream frosting over both cakes and used a small amount to sandwich the two round halves together. (I had quite a lot of cake left over which I used to make a trifle. (I made the chocolate frosting but you can buy a large tub fairly cheaply).

I splashed out on ready coloured Regalice – Teddy bear brown, lilac, red, orange and white – but you could make your own!   It was VERY easy to roll really thin and then cut out shapes to put on the cake.  I used chocolate icing for the eyes and mouth and some bendy sticks from an old perfume disperser  to make her “hair.”  I used a cake candle holder to cut out the orange/red daisies on her chest – my least successful bit – have now found out you can buy ready made daisies!

Of course now I have loads of icing left over so may just have to make another for a friend…..      Anyway it was great fun and a great success!

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