Skittle surprise

Vanilla skittle surprise with orange buttercream

Sorry this has been a long time coming. This is the skittle surprise cake that I have been promising to put up. The idea comes from a blog called easy baked . When I saw it I thought it was such a fun idea, I just couldn’t resist trying it.

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The recipe is done with a dome tin. I didn’t have a dome cake tin, so someone very kindly let me borrow a big glass measuring jug which was oven proof. This worked just as well.

As usual line whatever tin you are using. The ingredients that I will be showing is for a 6inch cake. This time I used a Vanilla sponge with an orange buttercream.

I had some vanilla syrup from the skittle cupcakes I previously did. You can find the syrup ingredients and amounts from my previous post.  As goes with the vanilla sponge. I don’t want to waste time repeating the same recipe, if you don’t mind. Oven temperature will be at 180 degrees (160 for fan). It should be in the oven for about 35-40minutes. I open the oven half way through to put some tin foil over it so that the top doesn’t burn.

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Once it comes out the oven, take off the baking paper and pop it upside down, so that the flat part is on the plate. Now using the vanilla syrup, pierce the cake in places and soak them with the syrup to add extra flavour.

Now the fun bit. Using a knife, carve a hole in the top of the dome. Carefully lift the cylinder out and place on the side. With a spoon then lift out more of the cake, making sure you leave about 2cm of cake at the bottom. Now pour in your skittles and then press the cylinder on top.  Pop in the fridge for an hour or two.

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photo-80 Now for the buttercream.

Makes approx 750g

250g soft unsalted butter

500g sifted icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 vanilla pod

The zest of an orange

Orange colouring

Chop your butter up into smaller pieces, throw in the vanilla extract and vanilla pod seeds. Grate your orange into the bowl with the other ingredients. With you electric mixer whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy. Now you can start putting in quarters of your icing sugar, making sure you mix well before adding more. Once it is all mixed, pop a little dab of orange colouring and whisk until entirely mixed and the buttercream looks pale orange. Now you can get your cake out of the fridge. The idea being that with the cake being colder, it is easier to ice. It works!

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I used a turning table to ice it as  find it easier. As it happens I had a lot of buttercream left so I decided to have a bit of fun with decorating. So. The cake is all decorated and ready to be cut into and eaten. Your friends will get the biggest surprise when this happens!

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