2nd birthday cakes

If you are planning on creating a masterpiece at home - we salute you. Finding time to feed ourselves is a battle sometimes, and as nap times slowly get shorter there’s less and less time to cook. We’ve put together a sliding scale - from quick bakes to the best buy-in cakes so you have one less thing to worry about.

Monochrome Menagerie

A simple two tier victoria sponge cooks in 20 minutes, and ready-rolled royal icing makes a professional finish easy to achieve. We like to decorate with these wooden animals from T-Lab and some writing icing (black looks great with the monochrome animals and white icing, but you can go wild) and the toys are a great extra present as well!

Weigh three eggs, and add the same weight of sugar and butter in a bowl. Cream, then add some self raising flour (same weight again - we told you it was easy) and crack the eggs in. Divide the batter between two 8” cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean) at 180 degrees.

Whilst cooking, cream 250g of butter and mix in 400g of icing sugar, with a drop of vanilla essence. This should be enough to fill the middle of the cake (once cooled) plus add a layer under your ready-rolled icing. We tried to find a palm-oil free ready-made one but no joy so far - do let us know if you have any tips!

Sandwich the cake with a layer of the buttercream and a layer of jam, cover the rest of the cake with the remainder of the buttercream and smooth the rolled out icing on top. Trim to size and decorate. The cake can be made a couple of days in advance and kept in a cool dry place.
 

Monochrome Menagerie

A simple two tier victoria sponge cooks in 20 minutes, and ready-rolled royal icing makes a professional finish easy to achieve. We like to decorate with these wooden animals from T-Lab and some writing icing (black looks great with the monochrome animals and white icing, but you can go wild) and the toys are a great extra present as well!

Weigh three eggs, and add the same weight of sugar and butter in a bowl. Cream, then add some self raising flour (same weight again - we told you it was easy) and crack the eggs in. Divide the batter between two 8” cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean) at 180 degrees.

Whilst cooking, cream 250g of butter and mix in 400g of icing sugar, with a drop of vanilla essence. This should be enough to fill the middle of the cake plus add a layer under your ready-rolled icing. We tried to find a palm-oil free ready-made one but no joy so far - do let us know if you have any tips!

Sandwich the cake with a layer of the buttercream and a layer of jam, cover the rest of the cake with the remainder of the buttercream and smooth the rolled out icing on top. Trim to size and decorate. The cake can be made a couple of days in advance and kept in a cool dry place.
 

The personal touch  

Take a simple cake. Find a piece of paper big enough to cover the top, cut out whatever you’d like to write on it (little one’s name + 2 always works well), place on top and cover with sprinkles. Hey presto - personalised with less than five minutes work.

 

Organic to order  

The simple way, of course, is to get a cake made for you. There are some great small businesses making organic cakes to order (and we love supporting small businesses). Dunn’s is our favourite, but have a look at what there is near you - it’s amazing what they can create!