pearl cake

Purple Pearl Cake

Serves 12

1 x vanilla sponge cake recipe, to make 2 x 20 cm round cake layers (see this recipe)
1 x batch buttercream icing (see this recipe)
To decorate purple
food colouring, or colour of your choice
decorative edible pearls, available from baking shops
  1. Make the vanilla sponge and allow to cool completely.
  2. Cut each layer in half, horizontally using a serrated bread knife.
  3. Sandwich the cakes together with a spread of the buttercream icing.
  4. Divide the remaining icing into 3 bowls. Use the food colouring to dye the icing, one pale, one medium and the final a deep shade of the same colour.
  5. Use a pallet knife to cover the bottom third of the cake with the deepest colour. It’s fine if the icing is rough, it will be smoothed out later.
  6. Cover the middle third with the medium colour and spread top third and on top with pale icing.
  7. Run a clean, warm palette knife around the cake to smooth out and blend the three colours.
  8. Dot edible pearls around the cake.