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If you still want your kids to have their sweet fix, then this sweetie cake recipe is full of colour and fun and can be topped with all your favourite sweet treats. It is super simple to make and would be a great fun to make with your children over half term.



For the Cake • 10oz butter • 10oz caster sugar • 5 eggs • 10oz self raising flour • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing • 4oz softened butter • 8oz icing sugar • a little extra icing sugar • some food colouring in fun colours. • oodles of your favourites sweets


Smear some butter around the base and sides of a 9inch x 13 inch baking tin. Then line the bottom of the tin with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to gas 5 or 170 degrees fan.

In a stand mixer, with an electric whisk or with a wooden spoon, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl really well. The mixture will change to be light and fluffy and the colour will turn pale.

Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well between each egg. If the mixture curdles, you can add one spoonful of the flour and then beat well.

Slowly stir in the flour. Take care not to beat hard and knock out all of the air that has just been worked into the mix.

Spoon the mixture into the tin evenly and level the tops so they are mostly flat. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. The cakes will be done when the cakes have come away slightly from the edges of the pan and the top of the cake is springy to the touch. Leave the cakes to cool.

To ice the cakes: Remove the sponge from the baking tin.

Make a simple buttercream icing by combining the butter with the icing sugar in a mixer and beat well together. If the mixture becomes too stiff, soften with a little milk. If the mixture is to soft, you can just add some more icing sugar.

Spread the buttercream across the top of the whole cake so that it is evenly covered. Cut the cake into squares and move the squares slightly apart from each other.

Mix 4 or 5 tbsp of icing sugar in a little bowl with a tiny amount of water and some food colouring to make brightly coloured water icing and drizzle these across the tops of the squares. Then top with all your favourite sweets.


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