Sunday, 6 March 2016

Tigers and Coffee and Cake, Oh My!

It was Mr. -is-thinking's birthday the other day and I was visiting yesterday so Mrs. Im asked if I could make a birthday cake to take with me. I decided to try a new recipe and decided to have fun with it! Mr. is fond of cats and tigers, so I decided to see if I could make the cake in the video here.... it wasn't quite as good, but it was so fun I'm sure I'll do it again soon!

How amazing is that?!
Well, here is my version:
I decided to make a Swedish cardamom cake that is really good with coffee.

Fika (Swedish cardamom cake)
Mix 1 1/4 cups of flour with 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp ground cardamom. In another bowl beat 2 eggs with 3/4 cup sugar until they are fluffy. In a pan melt 4 tbsp butter and then add 1/2 cup milk, bring it to a simmer, remove from heat and stir that into the egg mixture. Then fold in the flour mix and put in the oven at 180 C for 30-40 mins until the top is golden or until the cake peeling away from the edge of the pan.

I separated out the batter into parts and dyed it different colours, then I layered it in the tin

Then I put it in the oven for 35 mins and it turned out like this

Once it was cool, I divided up the buttercream and dyed that different colours too, then it was time to get my paintbrush out

I was a little nervous about the icing getting warm and spreading on the train but there was only a bit of spread in the stripes. Next thing was the surprise inside

Ta daaaaa! After all that, it's time for coffee and cake, I think...

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