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Luxury Sailing Holidays: Magic Spotty Cake!

January 21, 2013

The cauliflower crust pizza seems to have gone down well this week so here’s something equally as exciting to balance out all that low-carb healthiness of the pizza!

I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it to suit my needs – mainly trying to encourage a 2 year old to eat the whole cake, not just lick the icing off! Well – it worked! And the grown ups amongst us enjoyed a deliciously spotty madeira cake.

Spotty Cake

Spotty Cake

Ingredients for spots and cake. You will need two lots of this mixture.

  • 170g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 120g unsalted butter, soft but not melted
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon/1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3.

Put the soft butter into a mixing bowl and beat until light and creamy.

Add the sugar and beat well for about 5 minutes until very pale and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs, one at a time with the addition of a teaspoon of flour with the second egg.

Add the lemon or vanilla and beat well.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently.

Divide the mixture into 4 small bowls and colour with colours of your choice.

Using 2 small ‘fairy cake’ tins, divide the mixture into between 12 and 16 small buns.

Place in the oven and bake for between 20 and 30 minutes until cooked.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.



Make up another batch of the mixture with the same method.

Cut the small spots into more even rounds using a small round cutter so that you end up with ‘tubes’ of colour.

Place a few in the bottom of a large, tall sided cake tin in a pattern of your choice. Cover with half of the uncooked cake mix.

Arrange the second layer of spots and cover with the rest of the raw mix.

Place in the oven for around 45 – 60 minutes or until cooked through.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

If you wish to ice it you can, but a Madeira cake wouldn’t usually have an icing – the fun is on the inside!! However I did ice a loaf cake with a pink star running through it for a birthday cake with white chocolate butter icing and smarties.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia F permalink
    January 24, 2013 11:02 am

    The spotty smarty cake looks delicious Kate!

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