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Monday, 22 September 2014

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake

How do you keep eight 11/12 year olds happy?

First of all you let them hang around in trees for 90 minutes at Go Ape, working up an appetite. You then let them loose on sandwiches, crisps and a whole lot of sugar, then you send them home to work the sugar off in the comfort of their own homes!

Last weekend Hanna and her friend had a joint birthday party, and my part was to provide the party food. I've wanted to make a sprinkle cake for ages but have never been brave enough before. So what do you do when you're nervous about making a sprinkle cake? You make two of them, of course!

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Once I'd decided on the cakes, a quick browse on Pinterest (if you can ever have a quick browse on Pinterest) led me down the path of other sprinkle covered party foods.

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
chocolate covered breadsticks

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
chocolate covered Oreo pops

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chocolate covered marshmallows on cocktail sticks

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
 chocolate covered pink wafers

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
cake pops (made from off cuts of birthday cake and leftover buttercream)

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
chocolate covered Rice Krispie bars (cut into 3 pieces)

Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake
chocolate covered strawberries 

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Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake

The 5 layer ombre cake was made using a Wilton layer cake pan. They are only 6" pans but it makes a cake which is plenty big enough to go around 8-10 people. I used ingredient quantities as below :

250g butter
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
250g self raising flour

This was then divided between the 5 pans, and once the cakes had cooled I sliced the tops off to level them (and used the off-cuts to make cake pops).

TIP : I see many recipes for Ombre cakes telling you to divide the cake batter into separate bowls (5 bowls in this case), but that really isn't necessary for an Ombre cake - a rainbow cake then yes, but not an ombre cake. What you need to do is weigh your cake batter - the easiest way to do this is to weigh your bowl before starting and then weigh it once the batter is made, and deduct the weight of the bowl. I divided this by 5 (5 layers), and this is the quantity of cake batter that would go into each greased and lined tin (give or take a couple of grams). Once you've made your calculations you need to colour the batter - add a little colouring to the whole batter (this will be the colour of your palest layer), and then weigh out the batter into one tin. Then add a little more colouring, and weigh the batter out into the second tin, and so on, until all tins have been filled - saves washing 5 extra bowls unnecessarily. 

The cakes were then sandwiched together and covered with vanilla buttercream, which I then left for a few hours (and overnight for one of the cakes) before rolling in sprinkles - not as easy as it looks (lots of tutorials on Pinterest)! The confetti dot covered cake took 3 full tubes of dots, however the 100's & 1000's covered cake took less than 2 tubes.


Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake

We also had sandwiches, crisps and teapots filled with pink lemonade, and Jack made some place cards and tucked a napkin into each tea cup.  It was a party very heavy on sugar, but that's ok once in a while, and especially when it's possibly the last party of this kind for this group of primary school friends, now they're all at high school.
Sprinkle Party and a 5 layer Sprinkle Covered Ombre Cake

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