Thursday, 3 November 2011

How to Make a Teapot Birthday Cake


Following all your kind comments about my teapot birthday cake, I thought I'd write a quick "How To", just to prove how easy it was to make.

I am not going to make another cake, and didn't have the foresight to take pictures as I went along, so I hope you can follow my instructions (if not, just get in touch and I'll do my best to clarify!).

You will need:
Ingredients for two cakes of the same size
A Pyrex bowl (mine had a rim diameter of c.20cm)
Pettinice (a block of shop bought white icing)
Butter Icing- Lots
Cocktails sticks
Cake decorations

I used a traditional Victoria Sponge recipe to make my cake, but you could easily use another type of cake.

My reason for choosing a Victoria Sponge, was that I knew that it was easy to alter the quantities if necessary (I know this from the good old days of using imperial measurements- 6oz butter, 6oz sugar, 6oz SR Flour and 3 eggs makes an average size cake. For a small size cake 4oz, 4oz, 4oz and 2 eggs etc...)

You will need two cakes of the same size. I made one and then the other as I was unsure of my cake tin and cooking times. I didn't want to ruin two cakes in one go (also I only had one pyrex bowl of that size!). If you are braver than me feel free to make both cakes at the same times.

The following quantities are for ONE of these cakes!

150g or 2/3 cup butter
150g or 2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
150g or 2/3 cup SR Flour
  • Preheat oven to 180 C
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • SLOWLY add the beaten eggs (add a little flour as you go along to stop the mixture from curdling)
  • Gently fold in the flour
  • Grease and flour a pyrex bowl (mine has a rim diameter of approx 20cm). This is the container that your cake will bake in.
  • Keep an eye on the mixture when its in the oven as cooking time may vary. Mine needed about an hour to cook. This  was longer than a traditional Springform cake to bake. 
  • To avoid the top becoming crunchy and black, I placed a sheet of greaseproof paper over the top of the bowl
  • My "cake tin"!
    Allow the cake to cool and repeat this step to make your second cake. 
    Place your cakes on top of each other and sandwich together with a layer of jam. 
    Make the spout and handle from a block of shop bought Pettinice White Icing. 
    Place Cocktail sticks in the bottom to help them stay attached to the cake. Place in the fridge and allow to dry out and harden overnight.
    Showing the 3 cocktail sticks used to attach the spout to the cake
    The next day.
    • Make LOTS of butter icing (any left over can be used to ice cupcakes!) and cover the body of the cake. Use a wet pallet knife to get the icing as smooth as possible
    • Make a lid for your teapot using more of the pettinice.
    Um yes, giant marshmallows can be handy!
    • Attach the handle and spout. (The spout was the tricky bit and I will admit that mine ended up resting on a marshmallow to keep it in place!) 
    • Decorate with pebbles (sorry to me they will always be smarties), icing pens, piping or whatever else that you want
      VOILA! You have a beautiful teapot cake. Place in front of a little girl and see the smile spread across her face!
      Its really not that difficult!
      Good luck making one. If you do give it a try, I'd love to see the results! For more crafty makings go here

      7 comments:

      1. Yummy! Looks delicious, and how clever are you??? I am impressed. I might have to try this out for a morning tea with the girls or something. :) Thank you for sharing the idea.

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      2. It really really does look soooo scrummy. Thanks for this. I'm going to print it off and leave it lying around for hubby to see, in the hope he might get inspired to make me one for my big birthday next year :0)

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      3. I keep on having to remind myself that this a cake! Well done!

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      4. I am seriously in awe - no kidding!

        I'm sure that this made a huge impression and if it were me I would be reluctant to cut into it.

        Happy day clever You!
        Felicity x

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      5. I know a little girl who'd love one ::))

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      6. very pretty.. like a page of fairytale xxx

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      7. Cool tutorial!! Who ate the spout?? I have a really sweet tooth and love icing - I'm eyeing it up, hehe :D

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