Kite in the Clouds Cake

Kite in the Clouds Cake

span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"This week a very good friend of mine was leaving her current job to move on to something new. She wanted me to make a cake to celebrate all the good times and wonderful people she has been working with over the last few years. We discussed all the options for what would make up the delicious core of the cake and decided on a luscious lemon madeira with lemon butter-cream icing. The cake itself is a 9 inch square cake, which I covered in delicious lemon butter-cream before covering it neatly in 'cloudy' fondant icing. The kite is actually one of Enable Ireland's logo which my friend really wanted to incorporate into the cake. The result is a bright and colourful cake which looked quite the treat for her coffee morning! /spanbr /divspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QUHHXg02GnA/USU8fWy7ahI/AAAAAAAAEbk/2YvigaTxJY/s1600/Kite+Cake.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="422" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QUHHXg02GnA/USU8fWy7ahI/AAAAAAAAEbk/2YvigaTxJY/s640/Kite+Cake.jpg" width="640" //a/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /divspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivbispan style="color: #93c47d; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"Lemon Madeira Cake/span/i/b/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bIngredients/b (for a 9 inch square cake)/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"340g sugar/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"340g butter/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"520g self-raising flour/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"6 eggs (beaten)/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"3 lemons (juice and zest)/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bMethod/b/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1. Beat together the sugar and butter until pale and creamy./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"2. Add the beaten egg a little at a time./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"3. Add the lemon juice and zest of 2 lemons and mix well./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"4. Finally fold in the flour and mix gently until all the ingredients are combined./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"5. Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and cook in the centre of the oven for 40-50 minutes at /spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"    180C. /spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"To check the cake is ready, dip a sharp knife into the centre of the cake and continue /spanbr /span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"    to cook /spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"until the knife comes out clean./span/divdivbbr //b/divdivspan style="color: #f1c232; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"biLemon Buttercream Icing/i/b/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bIngredients/b/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"140g butter/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"300g icing sugar/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Juice and zest of 1 lemon/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bMethod/b/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Mix all ingredients togther using a handheld mixer until light and fluffy./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jD8pdIZm6EA/USU84u3uDrI/AAAAAAAAEbs/hn9m7CTknSM/s1600/more+kites.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jD8pdIZm6EA/USU84u3uDrI/AAAAAAAAEbs/hn9m7CTknSM/s640/more+kites.jpg" width="640" //a/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivbr //divdivspan style="color: #3d85c6; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"biThe Decoration/i/b/span/div/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"- The cake features a colourful kite which I modelled out of fondant icing. Colouring fondant can /span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"   be quite time consuming, but I always leave left over colours in sealed bags for odds and /span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"   ends on different cakes. Once the icing isn't exposed to air it will keep for some time, and /span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"   save you a lot of time!/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"-  I achieved the 'cloudy' or marbled effect on the cake by twisting a blue and white sausage of /span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"   fondant together repeatedly un/spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"til achieving the desired effect/span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"- The lettering was achieved by cutting out a selection of different coloured circles and choosing /span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"   complimenting colours and letter cutters to write the message./span/divdivspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-smzRiuFhuto/USU9OUQ3blI/AAAAAAAAEb0/wFtnUpAdMd8/s1600/Kites+in+a+Row.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="212" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-smzRiuFhuto/USU9OUQ3blI/AAAAAAAAEb0/wFtnUpAdMd8/s640/Kites+in+a+Row.jpg" width="640" //a/divdivspan style="color: #cc0000; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"bibr //i/b/span/div

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