Tuesday 15 April 2014

How to make a Rainbow Drop Cake this Easter

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With Easter this Sunday I have been thinking of tasty treats I can cook up in preparation. I am not the most brilliant of chef's but I do like to dabble in the kitchen, and when I do get stuck into something I give it my best shot. I began thinking about different Easter sweets I could in-corporate into my baking attempt...

I decided to make a sweet cake, but not just any sweet cake. While browsing the Swizzels Matlow website I came across many of the sweets from my childhood, Fizzers, Love Hearts and Parma Violets... Then an old favourite of mine appeared, Rainbow Drops!  In that instant I knew exactly what I was going to cook up for the family this Easter.

A Rainbow Drop Easter Cake!

I had an idea forming in my mind of how I was going to do this, and what the finished cake might look like. I decided that the Rainbow Drops would be the over all decoration on this cake, with their bright colours to make the cake stand out it really would be a treat.

I decided to cook up one big sponge cake, which took well over an hour to bake. After waiting for the cake to cool enough to remove it from the tin, I began to melt some chocolate over the stove. 

With the melted chocolate in hand I slathered it all over my freshly baked cake, all over the sides and all over the top. Then I set to work with my chocolate fingers all the way around the base of the cake. With the fingers in place it was time to drizzle the last of the melted chocolate into the center. 

Now all of the chocolate was in place, I had to work quickly. I sorted my Rainbow Drops into their individual colours. I had Pink, Green, Orange and Yellow laid out ready to be put into place. It was trickier than I had anticipated, and had to keep going back to make sure that the Rainbow Drops covered all of the melted chocolate. 

I spent my time adding in all of the Rainbow Drops, I added in the words 'Happy Easter' and then spread the rest of the drops into the particular coloured sections I had laid out. Seeing the completed cake in front of me I was rather pleased with how it turned out. 

The recipe for the actual cake was just a simple sponge:

250g unsalted butter – softened
- 600g caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 470g plain flour 
- 140g cocoa powder
- 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 table spoons of double cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- A little bit of milk

A Rainbow Drop cake doesn't have to just be for Easter, it could be for absolutely any occasion at all. I like to think of it as a 'just because cake'.

Leo is yet to see our Rainbow Drop cake, but I think he will be hankering after a slice tomorrow when he sets his sights upon it. 

Are you cooking up any tasty treats this Easter?

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