Recipe: Ultimate Birthday Cake


Not only does this cake combine two gorgeous rich vanilla sponges, chocolate buttercream, orange curd and fondant icing, but we also give you some cake decorating tips that will make sure that the next birthday cake you make will be the ultimate version! Everyone wants different sizes, shapes and flavours but decorating with fondant icing and using chocolate writing can always be used to make your cake really stand out!


  • 300 g salted butter
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 100 g softened butter
  • 160 g icing sugar
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 1 orange curd
  • 500 g fondant icing
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 1 handful fresh berries
  • 1 handful pistachio crumbs
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

start the cake batter

Step 2

Start The Cake Batter

Grease and line 2 large square cake tins about 22cm wide. Mix together the salted butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

add the eggs and vanilla

Step 3

Add The Eggs And Vanilla

Beat the eggs and gradually add to the butter mixture as you stir. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and add to the cake batter.

divide the batter into tins

Step 4

Divide The Batter Into Tins

Fold the flour into the mixture in two or three batches. Divide between the tins and bake for 25 minutes until springy to touch, then allow to cool.

level off your sponges

Step 5

Level Off Your Sponges

Remove the sponges from their tins and level off the tops with a sharp serrated knife.

spread that buttercream!

Step 6

Spread That Buttercream!

Beat the softened butter with the icing sugar, cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of hot water until you have a smooth butter cream icing. Spread the butter cream into an even layer, approximately 2cm thick, on top of one of the sponges.


Step 7


Sit the second sponge on top and press down to stick. Spread the top of the cake with orange curd.

cover with fondant..yum!

Step 8

Cover With Fondant..yum!

Roll the fondant on a surface dusted with icing sugar to about 1cm thick and position over the cake, gently easing down the corners to avoid creases.

make the choccy decorations

Step 9

Make The Choccy Decorations

Melt and temper the chocolate and then use to pipe decorative pieces. Write any celebratory message on a sheet of paper, lay some parchment paper on top and pipe the melted chocolate onto the tracing, then leave to set.

decorate your cake

Step 10

Decorate Your Cake

Use all of the chocolate work above and berries to decorate your cake.

share the love!

Step 11

Share The Love!

Serve it up to lucky people! Serves lots!

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