Traditional Kids Birthday Cakes

Mums have been making kids birthday cakes for decades, and this recipe is based on a children's birthday cake recipe that was published in the delightful Royal Baking Powder books in the 1920s.

The illustration of the cake shows it on a magnificent china cake plate, with white icing, pink candles and a selection of animal shaped biscuits around the top of the cake. You could decorate the top of the cake with cherries or silver balls, or anything that takes your fancy.

Traditional Kids Birthday Cakes Ingredients

• ½ cup soft butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• ? cup milk
• 2 cups cake flour (or pastry flour if available)
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ teaspoon vanilla essence or extract

Ingredients for the icing

• 1 tablespoon butter
• 3 tablespoons of hot milk
• 2 cups icing sugar
• ½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

These traditional kids birthday cakes are baked in a moderate oven. Preheat your oven to 180 °C.

Cream the butter in a mixing bowl and then add the sugar slowly. Beat the egg and add it to the butter and sugar. Beat the batter until it is very light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together and add to the batter, a little bit at a time. In between add a little of the milk. When all the dry ingredients and the milk are combined, add the vanilla flavouring.

Grease a single round baking tin that is deep enough to hold all the batter. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for about 45 minutes. When the cake is cooked, remove from the tin and leave to cool.

To make the icing you start by adding butter to the hot milk. Then slowly add the sugar until it has the right consistency to spread. Add the essence.

Ice the top and the sides of the cakes. If you are going to stand biscuits in the icing, position them and the candles while the icing is still soft. Then all there is left to do is light the candles, sing happy birthday and enjoy one of the most delicious kids birthday cakes.

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