We're not the only ones who will be celebrating the Queen's birthday, Dr. Oetker recently teamed up with baking expert Juliet Sear to create a nine-tier birthday cake. The cake features some of the nation’s favourite things and includes Corgis, party bunting, Union Jack colours and the Queen’s crown. Doesn't it look amazing?
We were asked by Dr. Oetker to recreate their Strawberry and Cream Fairy Cakes recipe inspired by this fabulous birthday cake. We were also asked to add our own twist to the recipe. We decided to put Salted Caramel filling inside our cakes instead of jam and we made half of our cakes chocolate chip ones so that we had a choice between plain and chocolate buns - the boys chose the chocolate chip ones of course.
Here is the recipe if you'd like to recreate the cakes for yourself - you could make exact replicas or add a twist of your own just like we did - why not substitute the jam for another flavoured filling or make a different flavoured sponge mix for the cakes?
Strawberry and Cream Crown Cakes
Preparation time: 55 minutes plus cooling
Cooking time: 18 minutes
- 10 Dr. Oetker Baking Cases
- 75g (3oz) Baking margarine
- 75g (3oz) Caster sugar
- 1 Large egg
- 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
- 75g (3oz) Self-raising flour
- 100g (3 ½ oz) Soft set strawberry jam
- Dr. Oetker Coloured Ready to Roll Regal Ice
- Dr. Oetker Writing Icing Brights
- 225ml (8fl.oz) double cream
1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C (170˚C fan assisted oven, 375˚F, gas mark 5). Put the Baking Cases in 10 fairy cake tins. Put the margarine in a mixing bowl with the caster sugar, egg and Vanilla. Sift the flour on top and using an electric whisk on a low speed, gently whisk the ingredients together.
2. Increase the speed and whisk for a few seconds until well blended and creamy. Divide the mixture equally between the cake cases and smooth over the tops. Bake for 16 -18 minutes until risen and lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. Using a teaspoon, scoop out a neat portion of sponge from the centre of each cake and fill with jam. Press the cutout sponge back on top to seal in the jam. Set aside.
4. To decorate, gently knead the red and blue Ready to Roll icing separately to make pliable, then cut each into 5 pieces. Form each into a ball. Cut a deep cross in the top of each and roll the base of each ball between your fingers to make it narrower than the top – they should look like tiny chefs’ hats.
5. Knead 50g (2oz) of the yellow Icing to soften. Lightly dust the work surface with a little icing sugar then roll out the yellow icing thinly to form a rectangle approx. 8 x 15cm (3 x 7 inch). Cut 30 thin strips, approx. 0.5cm (1/4 inch) wide – you will need 3 for each crown. Cross 2 strips across each ball and stick in place using a little water. Trim at the base if necessary, then press down on the top of each to make an indent in the top.
6. Secure another strip around the bottom of each, and trim as necessary. Gather up the trimmings and make small balls to decorate the top if the crowns, sticking them in place with a little water. Pipe Writing Icing dots on each to resemble jewels. Leave aside on a board lined with baking parchment until ready to serve.
7. Just before serving, whip the cream until firm enough to pipe and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large closed star nozzle. Pipe a generous swirl on top of each cake and top with a crown. Your cakes are ready to serve and enjoy, and fit for The Queen!
Hints and Tips:
- Put the crown toppers on the cakes just before serving for best results - After about 1 hour, the colours from the icing may run into the cream.
- You can refrigerate the cakes for up to half an hour once piped with cream, but without the crown toppers, after this time, the texture of the sponge may dry.
If you're planning a party of your own you really need to check out the Dr. Oetker website, they are hosting a competition to win 1 of 5 four-tiered versions of the Queen's birthday cake. To win, simply tell Dr. Oetker how you are planning to celebrate the Queen's Birthday. The competition closes on 6th June so be sure to get your entry in soon.