Cake Decorating with Renshaw

I am a cake loving mummy, whether it’s a cupcake, cream cake or a yummy slice of cake. I really do enjoy eating cake!

Despite my love of cake I don’t very often make my own. I enjoy baking, especially with E but I am not the worlds best baker. I have wonderful visions in my head of how fab something is going to turn out but it’s rarely successful. However my family will still happily try or eat my creations I attempt to bake or decorate.

Recently we were sent some Renshaw products to trial. I had heard of Renshaw before but I’ve not tried their products. They have been supplying products to the trade for over 100 years and now they have brought out a range of products for home bakers. They sent me some products from this range to sample.

Renshaw Cake decoratingIncluded in the box of goodies there was some Renshaw ready to roll icing, ready to roll marzipan, pots of chocolate melts and sprinkles. The ready to roll icing and marzipan are self explanatory. The chocolate melts, which I have yet to try look amazing. Such bright colours and all you have to do is pop them in the microwave to melt and then use as a topping for cakes, biscuits, cake pops or even chocolate sweets.

I decided to trial out the ready to roll icing as my own roll icing has never proved successful, I figured baking a cake would be the best place to start and to add to the fun I got E to help me.

We used a basic sponge recipe, I didn’t want to go to fancy in case it ended as a baking disaster.

This is the recipe that we used

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Line two 18cm/7in cake tins with baking parchment
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar together until pale.
  4. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Sift over the flour and fold in using a large metal spoon.
  6. The mixture should be of a dropping consistency; if it is not, add a little milk.
  7. Divide the mixture between the cake tins and gently spread out with a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before turning on to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Sandwich the cakes together with jam and buttercream or any flavours you fancy.

E enjoyed baking the cake, measuring everything out and she loved using my Kenwood mixer as normally when we bake we do everything by hand.

Measuring out the butter.

Emily baking

Sieving the flour ready to add to the mixture

Emily bakingOnce the cake was baked and cooled and when E was in bed I decided to attempt decorating it, I would normally do this with E but this time I wanted to be able to concentrate.

I started by making some butter icing, you need to cover the cake you are planning to use the roll icing on, this acts like a glue – keeps the icing in place. My butter icing is normally too runny, no idea where I go wrong but this time after a bit of time chilling in the fridge it was fine. I had to think of how I was going to decorate my cake, I thought seeing as I love cake I would decorate it with hearts.

I chose two colours of Renshaw roll icing, a pale blue and a red one. Once I had read what to do, I scattered some icing sugar on the surface and started to knead the icing. The icing rolled out really easily. Next came the moment of truth, placing the icing on top of my butter creamed cake.

Putting renshaw icing on a sponge cakeI was expecting there to be air bubbles and to be all bumpy but it surprisingly sat really well, I used a flat knife to smooth it down and then cut away the excess icing. I then decided to use the red roll icing to make some hearts to put onto the cake.

Anniversary cakeThen using a little bit of buttercream on the back of each heart I stuck the hearts all over the cake – I was surprised how good the cake was starting to look and how easy it was.

Here you can see the finished product. It’s not amazing, I am however impressed with my handy work.

Complete cake

Obviously the real test to any success is the taste challenge. The next day I let E and the hubby try the cake and to my absolute delight they loved it. E loved the design and the taste and even my hubby said it tasted lovely. I can see the cake wont last long and E has already said when its finished mummy will you make another one like it.

I do love a piece of cake. Do you have a favourite type of cake?

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154 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach
    August 13, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Chocolate Fudge Cake 🙂

  2. debbie
    August 13, 2015 / 9:22 am

    mine is fresh cream chocolate sponge yumm i could eat the whole thing hehe x

  3. karen cowley
    August 13, 2015 / 9:45 am

    My late mom used to make us chocolate peppermint cake and its now a family favourite x

  4. Kirsty Sparks
    August 13, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Chocolate 🙂

  5. Samantha R
    August 13, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Strawberry Cheesecake

  6. ELAINE DALE
    August 13, 2015 / 10:02 am

    love fresh cream meringues

  7. Felicity Smith
    August 13, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Totally has to be carrot cake xx

  8. charlotte
    August 13, 2015 / 10:08 am

    black forest gateau mm

  9. Lauren Tourle
    August 13, 2015 / 10:21 am

    chocolate fudge cake 🙂

  10. Catherine McAlinden
    August 13, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Cinnamon cake.

  11. laura banks
    August 13, 2015 / 10:40 am

    carrot cake

  12. Kirsty Webb
    August 13, 2015 / 10:41 am

    My devils food cake with peanut butter frosting. Xx

  13. kim neville
    August 13, 2015 / 10:42 am

    extremely Chocolatey cake

  14. John Hunt
    August 13, 2015 / 10:44 am

    choc cheese cake

  15. Julie Tift
    August 13, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Home made tangy lemon cake

  16. justine meyer
    August 13, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I love lemon drizzle cake x

  17. Becca Staples
    August 13, 2015 / 11:37 am

    I love lemon drizzle cake x

  18. Kevin Honey
    August 13, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Lemon Drizzle Cake

  19. Sarah E
    August 13, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Red Velvet Cake

  20. Dawn Gould
    August 13, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Black Forest Gateaux

  21. clair downham
    August 13, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    maderia cake

  22. Diane Radford
    August 13, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Chocolate Cake!

  23. Michelle Smith
    August 13, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

  24. Martina Pichova
    August 13, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    chocolate cake

  25. Sarah Spencer
    August 13, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Victoria Sandwich

  26. Helen Battle
    August 13, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    carrot cake

  27. Michelle lintern
    August 13, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Chocolate cake

  28. Michaela Hannah
    August 13, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    I love spice cake, especially at Christmas

  29. Kaci Soderstrom
    August 13, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Chocolate with everything chocolate decorations.. or a lovely victorian sponge with jam and buttercream filling and rolled out icing over the top.. yum!

  30. Charlotte Summers
    August 13, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    carrot cake. yum yum

  31. ashleigh allan
    August 13, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Carrot cake!

  32. Paul Scotland
    August 13, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Lemon drizzle Cake

  33. Alison
    August 13, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Chocolate fudge cake

  34. pete c
    August 13, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    banana cake is my fave

  35. Jason Nutt
    August 13, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    carrot cake

  36. KATHY D
    August 13, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Chocolate Devil Cake

  37. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    August 13, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    coffee and walnut cake 😛

  38. Susan Naylor
    August 13, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    coffee and walnut is my favourite closely followed by orange and chocolate!

  39. Emma
    August 13, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Coffee cake

  40. bev
    August 13, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    jam sponge

  41. claire woods
    August 14, 2015 / 7:14 am

    carrot cake

  42. Tina Holmes
    August 14, 2015 / 8:29 am

    Chocolate

  43. Paula Readings
    August 14, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Fruit cake.

  44. laura stewart
    August 14, 2015 / 11:30 am

    i like chocolate fudge cake xx

  45. rebecca nisbet
    August 14, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    anything with buttercream or a victoria sponge

  46. Nora Saab
    August 14, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    carrot cake

  47. Jade Hewlett
    August 14, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Chocolate cake

  48. Laura Pritchard
    August 14, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    A good chocolate cake with creamy filling.

  49. Michelle Banks
    August 14, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    coffee cake x

  50. Tracey Parker
    August 14, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Chocolate and courgette

  51. Rey Chunara
    August 15, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Coffee Cake

  52. Kelly Hirst
    August 15, 2015 / 9:34 am

    I love lots of cake! My fave is chocolate fudge

  53. Rachel Butterworth
    August 15, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Chocolate Fudge Cake.

  54. kathryn booth
    August 15, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    lemon drizzle cake

  55. Hekna
    August 15, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Red velvet

  56. Ruth Harwood
    August 16, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Red Velvet Cake

  57. Carol Emmett
    August 16, 2015 / 8:56 am

    It changes ! But at the moment it’s home made blackberry friands.

  58. amanda davis
    August 16, 2015 / 9:27 am

    carrot cake is my favourite

  59. Heather S
    August 16, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    Coffee and walnut Battenberg with vanilla buttercream!

  60. Tracy Newton
    August 16, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I love chocolate fudge cake

  61. Michelle Hughes
    August 16, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Would have to be marble cake 🙂 chocolate and vanilla best of both worlds 🙂

  62. claire griffiths
    August 17, 2015 / 12:52 am

    i love victoria sponge

  63. sophie williams
    August 17, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Lemon cake!

  64. Julie Edwards
    August 17, 2015 / 10:33 am

    I love any type of chocolate cake xx

  65. EJ Dunn
    August 17, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Carrot cake is my favourite

  66. Lyla
    August 17, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    Victoria Sponge

  67. Jo Ford
    August 18, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Chocolate fudge cake!

  68. Karen Knox
    August 18, 2015 / 9:37 am

    chocolate!

  69. Lara Latchem
    August 18, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Gotta be lemon drizzle cake

  70. Sally Collingwood
    August 18, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Coffee

  71. Corinne Peat
    August 18, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Chocolate cake every time

  72. Jayne T
    August 18, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    mine is chocolate cake 🙂

  73. Stevie
    August 19, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Cheese cake any way. It doesn’t even sound nice but it is lovely. Blackcurrant jam cheese cake at the moment, hand whipped cream and a comfy chair.

  74. Rebecca Jayne Evans
    August 19, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Christmas Cake! <3

  75. carole n
    August 20, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Chocolate cake with fresh cream

  76. Julie Ward
    August 21, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Syrup sponge cake

  77. gemma clark
    August 21, 2015 / 9:58 am

    carrot cake x

  78. Colin Gault
    August 21, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Lemon drizzle

  79. fiona cullen
    August 22, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    carrot cake

  80. val cooper
    August 23, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    i love a rich fruit cake yummy

  81. Mark Richmond
    August 23, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Spicy carrot and banana

  82. Caroline Blaza
    August 23, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Apple Cake x

  83. Lindsey Stuart
    August 24, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Carrot cake 🙂

  84. Kirsty John
    August 24, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Chocolate fudge cake

  85. julie booth
    August 25, 2015 / 11:33 am

    lemon drizzle

  86. elaine stokes
    August 26, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    a lemon drizzle cake

  87. Suzie
    August 26, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Can’t beat a nice victoria sponge

  88. Michelle Ferguson
    August 26, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I love lemon drizzle cake

  89. Nancy Bradford
    August 26, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Pretty white chocolate vintage cupcakes.

  90. Debbie Nichols
    August 27, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Courgette cake

  91. Rhian Purches
    August 27, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    chocolate cake

  92. Tim Woolfenden
    August 27, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Chocolate fudge cake

  93. Michelle Jenkins
    August 27, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Lemon drizzle

  94. Laura Vitty
    August 27, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Battenberg 🙂

  95. Kay Foster
    August 28, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Carrot cake is my all time favourite. x

  96. Wizzyh
    August 28, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Carrot cake, or coffee & walnut cake…just not chocolate cake!

  97. Laura Whittle
    August 28, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Victoria sponge with lot’s of jam and cream x

  98. MichelleD
    August 28, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Carrot cake!

  99. Lauren Old
    August 28, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Chocolate fudge cake

  100. Donna Caldwell
    August 28, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Love a Victoria sponge with strawberries and fresh cream

  101. AnnaH
    August 28, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Coffee and walnut

  102. Sheri Darby
    August 28, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Chocolate cake

  103. Claire Davies
    August 29, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Victoria Sandwich Sponge 🙂

  104. Karen laing
    August 29, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Rich chocolate cake,my family all love it too but I only make it on a special occasion as it’s so rich and calorie laden x

  105. zoe somerfield
    August 29, 2015 / 8:24 am

    Devils food cake

  106. Nicola Holland
    August 29, 2015 / 8:29 am

    Coffee and Walnut cake

  107. Hannah Ingham
    August 29, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    I love lemon cake!

  108. Clare S
    August 29, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Carrot cake

  109. barbara clarke
    August 29, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    battenburg

  110. jo liddement
    August 29, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    I love Lemon Drizzle Cake

  111. Cerys John
    August 29, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I love lemon drizzle cake 🙂

  112. Lyndsey Beckford
    August 29, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Carrot cake 🙂

  113. Karen Smith
    August 29, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Has to be any kind of cheesecake

  114. August 29, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Has to be my husbands Dundee cake. Delicious. 😀

  115. Jaynealicia
    August 29, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Egg custard if I am buying but scones if I’m baking

  116. Rachel Wise
    August 29, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Walnut cake is my absolute favourite

  117. Spencer Broadley
    August 29, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Dundee Cake

  118. Eliz M
    August 29, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    chocolate

  119. Angela Morgan
    August 29, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    Sponge cake

  120. Kerry Smith
    August 29, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    I love a light iced vanilla sponge

  121. Louise Whittaker
    August 29, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    carrot cake

  122. Jayne K
    August 29, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Coffee and walnut cake

  123. Caroline Signey
    August 29, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Lemon Madeira cake

  124. Victoria B
    August 29, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Lemon Drizzle Cake – anything lemon!

  125. Greig spencer
    August 29, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    chocolate

  126. claire little
    August 29, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    banana cake

  127. Debbie Preston
    August 29, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Lemon Drizzle

  128. Chris Fletcher
    August 29, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    Carrot cake

  129. Natalie Charman
    August 29, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    chocolate cake!!

  130. Heather Harris
    August 30, 2015 / 6:31 am

    carrot cake

  131. Lindsay Davies
    August 30, 2015 / 7:14 am

    Chocolate Maltesers cake

  132. dawn thompson
    August 30, 2015 / 10:03 am

    Red Velvet!

  133. LORNA WIL
    August 30, 2015 / 11:46 am

    BANANA & WALNUT CAKE

  134. Victoria Prince
    August 30, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    A classic Victoria Sandwich 🙂

  135. Martina Alban
    August 30, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    chessecake

  136. LEE HARDY
    August 30, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Carrot cake

  137. Stacey Craig
    August 30, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Coconut cake

  138. Lizzy Cooper
    August 30, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    carrot cake 🙂

  139. Allan Fullarton
    August 30, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Fudge cake

  140. Kim W
    August 30, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Victoria Sandwich with fresh cream and jam filling

  141. Rita
    August 30, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Chocolate cake

  142. Charlotte Hood
    August 30, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Carrot Cake

  143. Angela Williams
    August 30, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    coconut, cherry and banana loaf cake

  144. Hayley Evans
    August 30, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    I’m torn between lemon drizzle and vanilla sponge

  145. Laura B
    August 30, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Mine is a cinnamon, walnut and courgette cake with cinnamon icing (tastes like carrot cake and is amazing!!!)

  146. Sarah Gibson
    August 30, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

  147. Janet Rumley
    August 30, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Carrot Cake xxx

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