Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October
I had no idea what to call this cake.
Pink and Blue Lemon and Raspberry Cake is probably the most accurate, but also the most boring. Disco Spacegirl cake would also have worked, as would Epilepsy Action’s Tea Break cake, as would My Little Pony cake, as would Hannah’s Goodbye Cake, as would Very Confusing Because It Looks Pink Then It Looks Blue But It Tastes Yellow cake. You see my problem, here.
- 260g of unsalted butter/margarine
- 260g of caster sugar
- 4 very large eggs
- The zest of two unwaxed lemons
- 260g of self-raising flour
- Blue food dye
- 1.5 tablespoons of milk
- Raspberry jam
For the buttercream
- 250g very soft unsalted butter
- 500g icing sugar
- The zest of one unwaxed lemon
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Hot pink food dye
- Edible glitter
- Edible silver lustre spray
Preheat the oven to 180C and line three 8-inch tins
Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in completely before adding a new one, then stir in the lemon zest. Add the flour and fold to make a smooth batter
Seperate the batter into three equal sections in different bowls. In one bowl, add three drops of colour. In another, add two. In the final add one. Mix well. Repeat until all your color has been used or until you achieved the desired colour
Bake for 20-25 minutes and leave to cool
Put the ingredients for the icing into a bowl. Mix with a freestanding mixer with a paddle attachment on a low speed until roughly combined. Then turn the speed up to maximum and beat for five minutes, turning the mixer off and scraping down the sides occasionally. Add the pink colouring and lemon zest and beat for 30 seconds more
Put the darkest cake on a plate. Top with a heaped tablespoon or two of jam, and spread almost to the sides. Add a tablespoon or two of buttercream to the top of the middle cake, smear, then put the buttercream side of that cake on top of the jam
Top the middle cake with a heaped tablespoon or two of jam, and spread almost to the sides. Add a tablespoon or two of buttercream to the top of the lightest cake and put it, buttercream side down, on the top
Smear the remaining buttercream around the rest of the cake, making it as even as possible. Spray with the lustre spray and decorate with the glitter
Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?
A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.
Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.
Want to hold your own Tea Break?
Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK!
Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.
If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?