Simplistic cake decorating is my passion, and I enjoyed doing this. A contest asking you to decorate a cake to represent what the Autumn means to you…Starting with a 9-inch cake as your base, create a visual representation of one of the most colourful, beautiful seasons: Autumn.
Your cake can be homemade or store-bought, but you MUST start with a completely undecorated cake. It can also be a single layer cake or a multi-layer cake, that’s up to you!You can use any medium to decorate your cake (i.e., buttercream, fondant, sugarcraft), however, it must all be edible (no non-edible decorations) and it must all be made by YOU!!! This is my cake on Autumn … a beautiful season, when the leaves beginning to turn beautiful colours, where brightly coloured pumpkins stand out in contrast to pale leaves. Colours that weave dreamy designs, each complimenting the other. My inspiration … Colours of Autumn & Pumpkins. My cake … Cinnamon Buttercream Autumn Cake, with pumpkins made out of home made marzipan!
Cinnamon Buttercream Autumn Cake
4 eggs (200gms)
125 gms powdered sugar
125 gms plain flour
2 tbsp cornflour/optional (makes the cake texture lighter)
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon powder
Buttercream filling & frosting
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
2 tbsps clarified butter
2 tbsps low fat cream
3-4 tbsps powdered sugar
2tsps cinnamon powder (to taste)
Icing Sugar – 3-4 Tbsp
200ml low fat cream
1-2 tbsps powdered sugar food colours as required
Marzipan for pumpkin patch
Home made/from scratch recipe here
For the sponge
Preheat oven to 190C , reduce to 180C after 10mins of putting the cake in. Grease and line a 9″ spring form cake tin.
Sift the flour + baking powder + salt + cornflour + cinnamon powder 3 times.
Beat the eggs and sugar well with beater till very thick ribbon falls and holds in place for at least 5 seconds (beat for approx 10mins).
Add vanilla extract and beat for 1 min. Gently fold in the sifted flour; mix lightly so that air doesn’t escape.
Turn gently into tin and bake for 30-35 mins till done. Once done, remove from tin after 5 mins and leave on rack to cool completely.
Cut horizontally into 3 layers. (Mark side with colour to make it easy to stack back later)
Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting/Filling
Whip all ingredients until thick and frosting holds peaks. Sandwich & frost cake with cinnamon buttercream. Leave to set in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Whip the low fat cream & sugar till holds peaks. Colour as desired.
Reserve about 2-3 tbsps in a baggie, and lightly frost the cake to give a smooth finish. Garnish with marzipan pumpkins & leaves.
Chill well before serving.
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