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Happy 21st Birthday Kabe! I hope that you enjoy the cake.

This vanilla sponge cake is themed on weight-lifting and was actually a fairly simple, yet effective, cake to make.

The cake recipe itself is a super simple one to be honest. Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C and grease 2 baking tins which are approximately 18cm x 27cm. In a large bowl mix together; 400g margarine, 400g caster sugar, 6 large eggs, 400g self-raising flour, 1tsp vanilla essence and 6tbsp milk. When the mixture is well combined divide it into the two tins and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Once removed from the oven, place on a wire rack to cool completely.

When the cake has fully cooled, make up some butter icing to sandwich the cakes together and roughly cover the top and sides of the cake. See previous recipes if you are unsure on how to make this.

Before beginning any decorations I suggest you cover the cake in a thin layer of sugar paste or fondant icing so that you can simply place to one side and leave until it is needed later on. For this, roll out about 300g fondant to approximately 2mm thick and carefully transfer to the cake carefully smoothing down any edges.

To make the weights you will need black sugar paste, 2 cake pop sticks and a round cutter about 3cm in diameter, a round cutter approximately 2 cm in diameter and a bulbous tool.

Firstly, take the black sugar paste and roll it out slightly, but not too thin, as you want it to be about 1cm thick. Using the larger cutter, stamp out 4 circles and place to one side. Then using a smaller cutter or a piping nozzle stamp out 2 more rounds. To add a good effect use a bulbous tool and make an indent ring on each of the sugar paste circles about 2mm in from the edge.

Now take the cake pop sticks and cover them in a thin layer of the black sugar paste. Skewer a black circle onto each end of the 2 sticks and then the smaller ones onto one of the sticks. The lifting weights are now complete so place to one side to harden.

For the gym bag mould some blue sugar paste into a thick oval shape with a flat base, add a thin strip of black sugar paste across the top of the bag and using a wheel tool roll it along the black strip to give the appearance of a zip.

Cut a small thin square of the blue fondant and carefully attach this to the front of the bag with a slight bit of edible glue to create a pocket. Again using the wheel tool roll it along the edge of the pockets and the sides of the bag to create a seam effect. Finally cut 2 thin strips of black sugar paste about 10cm long. Fix each end to the bag to make the handles using a little edible glue to help them hold.

Keeping with the colour theme, make the writing out of blue icing and pipe across the length of the cake. The icing consistency should be fairly thick in order to make sure that the writing doesn’t run or merge together.

Now add all of the decorations to the cake in the spare space, use a small amount of the remaining icing to fix them into place before placing in the fridge to harden.

Ta Dah! One weightlifting cake complete and ready to eat!




Weight-Lifting Cake  - Posted on 20th March 2016 -