Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins
The cake of my childhood--this gets a smile on any little girls face. This is what I looked forward to most, more than the presents, and my mummy always did such a great job of it. This is out of the New Zealand Edmonds cookbook. Mummy said this is where she got it from.
- 225 g butter, softened
- 225 g sugar
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 275 g flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 50 g chopped pitted dates or 50 g raisins
- 50 g cherries
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon essence
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 100 g butter
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 1 -2 tablespoon hot water
- Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and milk alternatively with sifted flour and baking powder.
- Divide mixture into three parts.
- Stir dates, cherries and cinnamon into one part.
- Stir lemon essence into second part.
- Stir cocoa and vanilla essence into third part.
- Transfer each mixture into separate greased 20cm round sandwich tins that have a base lined with baking paper.
- Bake at 190°C for about 25 minutes.
- When cold, place part one layer onto plate.
- Spread with icing.
- Cut other two layers into 4 triangles and then "cement" together on cake to make the dolls dress with the doll in the middle.
- Cover the rest of the dress so you cannot see the lines.
- Decorate how you wish.
- BUTTER ICING:.
- Cream butter until light and fluffy.
- Add essence.
- Gradually beat in icing sugar, beating until smooth.
- Add sufficient water to give a smooth spreading consistency.