Easy Cottage Garden Design Cake



For the cake:

  • 100 g butter at room temperature
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

For the icing and decorating:

  • 250 g butter at room temperature
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Food colouring (blue, green)
  • wafer cookies
  • rainbow mini beads
  • chocolate finger biscuits
  • smarties or skittles



  1. First make the cake by creaming the butter and sugar using a stand-alone or handheld mixer until light, fluffy, and pale in colour.
  2. In a separate bowl beat the eggs thoroughly then add them a little at a time to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and gently fold in a quarter of the sifted flour, repeating until all the flour is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  5. Grease a 9-inch round cake baking pan, and transfer all the batter into it spreading evenly.
  6. Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes until risen and golden brown.  Set aside to cool completely.
  7. Once cooled enough, lift the cake onto the cake board.

Icing the cake:

  1. Place the butter in a bowl and beat until it is very pale and soft.
  2. Continue beating, gradually adding half the icing sugar.
  3. Add the milk and the rest of the sugar until the icing is smooth and easy to spread.
  4. Scoop out about 2 tbsps of the butter icing and add royal blue colour. Shape this icing into a kidney shape to place as the water pool.
  5. Mix the green food colouring into the remaining butter icing.
  6. Roughly flat ice the sides and the top of the cake leaving the pool area free.
  7. Cut the wafer cookies to fit the path and put them in place.
  8. Put the rest of the green icing in a bag fitted with the star tube and rosette the borders of the path and the kidney-shaped pool.
  9. Place the smarties or skittles on top of the rosettes along the borders of the path.
  10. Use the remaining green icing to form the trees, and sprinkle with the rainbow mini beads.
  11. Cut down the chocolate-fingered biscuits and place them around the cake to make a picket fence.

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