After the Christmas festivities and messy New Years Eve in London, it was my friend Mic’s birthday. Last year for a very special 21st birthday I baked her a cow cake! (See blog posts in January 2012). So although 22 isn’t exactly an exciting age, I felt that this year’s cake must at least match up to the beloved Mr. Moo. So as I stared blankly at flour in Sainsbury’s for at least 10 minutes, my mum suggested a Spice Girls cake. Brilliant!
I grabbed all of the necessary ingredients, then the following day I woke up at 9am ready to spice up my oven. So after making a classic Vic Sponge, I started to mould some marzipan into baby, posh, ginger, sporty and scary. I then iced the cake forming a union jack pattern on top and sat my spice girls around the edge. But as the centre of the sponge looked a little bare, I printed off a Viva Forever label, glued it to some card, sellotaped a cocktail stick to the back and stuck it in the cake.
En route to Mic’s house for b’day celebrations, I cautiously held the girls on my lap. Thankfully they arrived safely and the birthday girl was very pleased. GIRL POWER.
Victoria Sponge Spice Girl Cake
350g Self Raising Flour
350g Caster Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Filling & Icing
3 tbsp. Jam (plus extra to cover cake)
200g Icing Sugar
1 to 2 tbsp. Milk (if needed)
1 pack Ready Rolled Royal Icing
Red and Blue Icing Pens
1 Pack 500g Marzipan
Multipack Coloured Fondant Icing
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Put butter, flour, sugar and eggs into a bowl and stir until smooth.
2. Add the vanilla to the mixture and beat until combined.
3. Separate the batter into two round cake tins - make sure it is evenly spread. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
4. When finished baking, remove the sponges from their tins, and leave to cool on a wire rack.
5. While cooling, add butter and icing sugar to a new bowl and beat until creamy. If the mixture is a little stiff, add in the milk one tbsp. at a time.
6. Once the cake is cooled, spread a thick layer of strawberry jam over one sponge half, then spoon the icing onto the other and place both halves together.
7. Heat a few tbsp. of jam in the microwave for approximately 1 minute, then leave to cool. This will help the royal icing to stick to the sponge.
8. Once cooled, spread the jam over the entire cake. Lay the ready rolled icing over the top and trim off any excess.
9. Using the icing pens paint a union jack flag on top.
10. For the spice girls, basically use the marzipan to shape their bodies, then create their clothing and facial features with coloured fondant.
11. Place the girls around the edge of the cake, using cocktail sticks to prop them up.
12. To finish, make a Viva Forever sign by printing the logo, sticking it to a thin piece of cardboard and sellotaping a cocktail stick to the back. Then pop it in the centre of the flag.
Original Recipe Find: My Own.