The idea for this cake came to me in half-asleep reverie. I frequently have recipe-related dreams – sad as it is to admit that! I was picturing a very ethereal, romantic and slightly retro cake and, for once, I was able to realise the exact image of what I imagined… and I can’t tell you how amazing that is. In my dream there were also rose macarons… which I did make but at a later date (although I posted that recipe first just to confuse everyone).
If you are looking for a sweet treat to surprise your Valentine with, I don’t think you need to look any further… This is just the cake for sharing with a loved one – it would also work well as a Mother’s Day bake or a wedding shower dessert. It is a cake flushed with the promise of spring, buttery, sweet (but definitely not cloying) and just altogether delightful. Serve with tea or even lemonade – but definitely not coffee… this is possibly the only one of my bakes that is not coffee compatible!
I baked this in the Wilton Easy Layer cake pans from Lakeland which are only 15cm (6in) – the cake is quite tall at five layers but will only yield about 6 generous slices. However the recipe can be doubled very easily if you wanted to bake a full-sized cake using normal cake tins. A word of caution about the Wilton cake tins – although the look as if nothing would ever stick to them that could not be further from the truth. Grease them well – preferably with butter and flour rather than cake release – otherwise your lovely cake layers will be destroyed. I speak from experience!
8. Add buttercream to the cake layers and sandwich together. Do a crumb coat and chill the cake for 30 minutes before adding more buttercream with a palette knife to frost the entire cake (you can also pipe it if you wish). Decorate with sprinkles or a scattering of dried edible rose petals.