I’ve been known to bake the odd fondant decorated birthday cake, mostly for my own children but sometimes for family. I would in no way say I’m brilliant, or have the neatest best looking cake but I give it a go. I am a standard home baker (when I have time, or feel in the mood) who sometimes attempts a bit special. I was asked to create a stacked, polo shirt, rainbow cake by someone who had seen an image online. So I gave it a go.
A stacked cake like this needs a good sponge that won’t collapse under it’s own weight. Madeira cake is made with flour than a regular Victoria sponge so has a close-packed texture.
One lot of the mixture creates two layers for this cake so needs to be repeated three times if like me you only own two square tins.
(for a 9 inch square or a 10 inch round tin)
- 350g (12oz) soft butter
- 350g (12oz) caster sugar
- 6 medium eggs
- 350g (12oz) self raising flour
- Zest and juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons
- Ready made fondant in corresponding colour
- Homemade buttercream or ready made shop bought if preferred
Baking time if in a deep tin 1hour 20-30 minutes
- Cream butter and sugar together
- Add eggs one at a time with 1tbsp flour
- Fold in the remaining flour with the zest and juice of the lemons
I used 9 inch square sandwich tins so at this point split the mixture in half in separate bowls to add colour. I use Wilton gel colours, they give a nice deep colour.
That also meant the baking time is less In my oven that was taken down to 30-40 minutes. I suggest checking after 20 minutes.
As I said earlier one batch makes two layers so I needed to repeat twice more so I ended up with six layers all different colours.
Cover the cake
After cakes are cooled. Dust your Worksop with cornflour and roll the fondant until it is large enough to fit over a layer of cake. It needs to fit over the top and sides. Cover the top and sides of one cake layer with buttercream and cover with fondant. Cut off any excess and repeat for each layer. Stack the layers as you go.
Decorate the top with a collar made from left over fondant, add buttons also made from fondant.