*I should’ve posted this in January, I never got round to it, so I’ve saved it up and it feels like in this crazy depressing time, everyone could use a cake recipe made from sweets!*
Luckily I’ve got kids whose birthdays are either side of Christmas, which means that all the leftover Christmas goodies can be easily turned into a cake! The sweets for stockings, chocolate coins, biscuit fingers, marshmallows intended for hot chocolates are likely to now be in the cupboard forgotten. I will show you how to use all that good stuff to make and decorate a great cake. Mine was in the shape of an 8.
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To make this leftover Christmas goodies cake you will need:
- 220g Self raising flour
- 370g Unsalted Butter (softened)
- 220g Caster sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 300g icing sugar
- Leftover Christmas goodies to decorate (marshmallows, random leftover sweets, and chocolates)
- Someone turning 8 ideally (not essential)
- A couple of same size cake tins (these ones are the ones I have) and a circle cutter (these are perfect because you can choose which size you need)
- Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease 2 round cake tins with some butter.
- Cream together 220g butter with the caster sugar until light and fluffy.
- Crack in the eggs and give it a whisk then add the vanilla and stir that in as well.
- Sift in the flour and give everything a good whisk to get all the lumps out.
- Divide between the greased tins and place into the middle of the oven for 20-15 minutes or until golden, risen and a skewer comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, make the butter-cream. Whisk the butter to soften it up a bit and then gradually add the icing sugar to make a creamy paste with a spreadable consistency.
- When the cakes are done turn them onto a wire rack to cool.
- Once cooled, take a round cutter (or a cup if you don’t have cutters) and cut out the middle of both circles, the cut a flat bottom onto both of them as well. Align your straightened edges, fixing together with a little buttercream.
- Roughly cover all sides of the cake in buttercream, it doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re going to cover it up anyway. It’s just so your decoration sticks.
- Once covered go to it with the decorating. I went for a smarties rainbow on a cloud of marshmallows, but you can do whatever you like with whatever you have. I encased mine with chocolate fingers, but any biscuits/chocolate you have left would work just as nicely.
- Finally, serve to the person turning 8!
Leftover Christmas goodies cake! mines in the shape of and 8, yours doesn’t have to be, either way- if you make it I’d love to see! Head over to my social channels to show me your work.