March 19, 2012

Cake it Pretty: Easy Easter Lamb Cake




Sounds weird, "lamb cake", but this is exactly what it is. But don't be alarmed, it's really just short for "lamb-shaped chocolate chip cookies sponge cake with vanilla butter-cream" :)

Yes, I baked on the weekend. In fact I've been baking like mad for the past few days in preparation for Bird's Party Magazine Spring/Summer issue coming out soon!!


I love baking, and like photography, it's one of the fun sides to my job. I get bored easily so having a range of "activities" I can get my hand on helps keep my daily routine a little less.....of a routine! But to be honest, baking cakes never seems like a "job" to me.

Anyways, this fluffy white Easter lamb cake was purely for pleasure! 



I wanted to try my new lamb cake pans (get similar ones here) before Easter as a trial run, and I was so anxious to see what it would look like that I cheated and used a packet of cake mix! But I honestly think it tasted really good - It was fluffy, moist and very yummy, so I'll definitely try more of those. 

The cake looked cute "naked" but I felt the little lamb needed a coat of something sweet, so I piped (with a small star tip) a little coat using a vanilla butter-cream (recipe below).

Vanilla Butter-cream Recipe

* 125g (4oz) butter
* 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
* 2 tablespoons milk or single cream
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place butter in small bowl of electric mixer and beat until butter is as white as possible.

2. Gradually add the sifted icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk and vanilla.
3. Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and milk if necessary.

I must say I like the little fella, and my kids even said "Oh, hello cute little sheep" - So it must be true! :) And because the amateur photographer in me can't keep still, I took to the garden and started staging my little Lamb! It was quite nippy out, but the almond and cherry blossom beckoned, so I gave in. 




Spring is one of my fave seasons when all starts to bloom! We have a few almond trees totally covered at the moment, and they smells soooo good! And my little lamb cake looked like it was resting peacefully in its natural surroundings...until we cut into it and tasted the deliciousness with a warm cuppa :)

Then I got thinking, wouldn't it be lovely to decorate with whites this Easter?!  
So then I hung some speckled white eggs from my almond trees just to see...

What do you guys think? Do you like the whites? What color are you crushing on for Easter? :)

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