Wedding cake

Wedding cake

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Serves
25-30

You will never make enough chocolate curls to decorate this cake so order them from a chocolate supplier. You may also wish to order a small bouquet of flowers from a florist, to place on top of the cake.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the large sponge:

Quantity Ingredient
700g butter, plus extra for greasing
700g caster sugar
12 medium eggs
650g self-raising flour

For the small sponge:

Quantity Ingredient
275g butter
275g caster sugar
6 medium eggs
275g self-raising flour

For the buttercream:

Quantity Ingredient
500g unsalted butter, softened
500g icing sugar

For the decoration:

Quantity Ingredient
2 boxes chocolate curls
small roses in a variety of colours
ivy leaves
5cm block of florists’ oasis, covered in foil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. For the large sponge, lightly butter a 30cm cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and pale in colour and then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift the flour and fold into the mixture, a little at a time. Pour into the cake tin, level off the mixture with a palette knife and bake for about 11⁄2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For the small sponge, lightly butter a 24cm cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. Mix the sponge in the same way but only bake for about 45 minutes.
  4. To assemble the cake, place the large sponge cake onto a cake board, serving plate or cake stand, then position the smaller sponge cake centrally on top.
  5. To make the buttercream, beat the butter and icing sugar together in a large bowl until almost a white. Spread the buttercream generously over both cakes. Stick the chocolate curls upright around the edge of each cake.
  6. Push the stems of the roses and ivy into the foil-covered oasis to make a pretty arrangement. Carefully place the flower arrangement on top of the cake, securing it with cocktail sticks if necessary.
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