Friday, 31 July 2015

Watermelon Cake DIY

The other day was my sister's 13th birthday, and she absolutely loves melons, especially watermelons. So, I made her a watermelon cake from scratch. It's really simple, fun to bake and tastes amazing.

For the sponge you will need:

- 300g Self raising flour
- 250g Margarine (butter will work too)
- 250g Caster sugar
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Eggs
- Vanilla extract
- Red food colouring

Extra ingredients:

- Green food colouring
- Jam for the filling (strawberry and cherry are my favourites, but you can use any)
- Icing
- Chocolate chips or raisins (to put on top as melon seeds)

Basic cake instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
2. Prepare 2 circular baking tins by greasing them with margarine and *lining with greaseproof paper
3. Weigh out all the ingredients for the sponge
4. Add the ingredients into a large mixing bowl
5. Mix the ingredients using an electric whisk
6. Pour the mixture evenly between the 2 tins
7. Put them in the oven and bake for around 20 mins or until done
8. Leave on a cooling rack to cool

*TIP* To get the right size place the tin on top of the greaseproof paper and draw around the bottom using a pencil. Cut this circle out and you have the perfect size paper for your tin.

9. When the cakes are cool, sandwich them together with jam

Icing instructions:

For the pink icing I used a tub of Betty Crocker's vanilla icing and added 2 drops of red food colouring (you can use strawberry icing if you prefer and skip adding the red food colouring). Next spread your pinky red icing over the top of the cake only. For the green icing add 2 drops of green food colouring (obviously) and spread around the sides. To finish off sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips (or raisins) on top.

Voila! You now have the perfect watermelon cake.