How to decorate a simple cake…easy step by step

On my way to work, I heard this story on the radio.

One day a school teacher asked her students to write a letter to God asking him to grant them one wish. When she got home and started reading the letters, one caused her to pause and read it again and again. The student  wrote..

Dear God,

Please turn me into a TV!

I want to be a TV.I want my family to gather around me every night, interested in everything I have to say. I want my brothers to fight on who gets to spend the most time with me. I want my mum to love being with me even when she is tired or sad.

I want my dad to come home from work directly to me, to hang by my every word and to give me his undivided attention.

I want to be able to give my family joy,pleasure.

Please God, I want to be a TV.

The teacher’s husband came home to find her crying, holding that letter. When he asked her what’s wrong, she read it to him.

He said astonished “God! What horrible parents that poor kid has!”

She answered crying out loud “it was written by our son!!”

It was shocking as well as eye-opening to hear this!

If your kids were to write such a letter, what do you think they would ask for?

I think mine might ask to be a lap top or a book!

So how about you get up from in front of the TV and go into the kitchen and make this recipe with the kids?I’m sure you’ll both enjoy and fondly remember it .

The cake used here is my basic cake recipe.The one used in  lightning McQueen car cake but feel free to use any cake you like. The filling is also up to your taste, cream, cream and fruit, chocolate ganach…what ever pleases your taste buds 🙂

You’ll need…

Whipping cream

Toasted coconuts

Fruits for decoration I used kiwi, pineapple and preserved cherries

Cake recipe

1/2 cup (one stick ) of butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon backing powder

2/3 cup milk

blend the butter and sugar

add the eggs, vanilla and milk and mix untill incorporated

sift the flour with the backing powder and add it gradually to the liquid ingredients

bake in a preheated oven at 350 for around 40 minutes or untill cake tester comes out clean

allow the cake to cool completely. You may bake it the day before and refrigerate it. This helps to reduce crumbling when you cut and ice the cake 

Divide the cake in half, put the two halves on top of each other and carve the two layers into a rectangle.

it would help to make the bottom of the cake on top to give you a levelled top

the picture is before carving

Use the liquid in the preserved fruit can to brush the lower cake layer (that adds moisture and taste).

Spread a layer of cream, sprinkle with fruits then place the second layer of cake and press slightly.

Spread the whipping cream to cover the cake

 

It doesn’t have to be perfect because we’ll cover it up.

Start covering the sides with the toasted coconuts.

If you don’t have toasted coconuts, simply get some shredded coconuts and place them in a pan in the oven under the broiler for 5-10 minutes steering them every now and then till they are golden. Let them cool down.

Next,use a piping bag to decorate the top

Now the rest is up to you…I used fresh kiwi, pineapple and candied cherries. You can use whatever fruits you like

Just a note, if you are going to serve this after an hour or two,the fruits will be fine. Anymore than that  you should brush the fruit with something to keep them from wilting.. jam thinned with some water and boiled is one choice. You could also dissolve some gelatine or jello  in hot water and brush the fruits with it.

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