23 April 2015

It's A Hard Knock Life Without Our Colourful Sponge Cake - Special Annie Themed Recipe

There's nothing I love more than lounging on the sofa with the kids and watching a good film. Even more so if it's a musical as it means that we get to join in (to the dismay if my hubby who has to listen to me howling!) and so I was ecstatic when Annie was reinvented for a new generation of fans as I knew that it would be another great musical film that we could watch together. Roll on the 27th April when it is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD so we can have an all out singing fest!

Annie is the heartwarming tale of rags to riches. Jamie Foxx plays a New York City billionaire called Will Stacks who takes in a foster kid to boost his image while campaigning to be mayor whereas Quvenzhan√© Wallis plays Annie who, as we all know, is a young, happy foster kid originally left by her parents with the promise they’d be back for her some-day. 

Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz, is Annie's foster mum and has bought her up to be a savvy, street-smart New York City kid but her life changes dramatically after meeting Will Stacks, who takes her in believing that he is her guardian angel, giving her a better life but in actual fact, Annie’s beautiful outlook on life means that it in fact the opposite way around in this heartwarming tale. 

The film features some of the most timeless songs from the original but they have been updated to bring a hip vibe to the film. You can relive the magic of Annie with the as you sing along to the most famous of the Annie songs, “Hard Knock Life,” “Tomorrow,” “I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here,” and a special music video of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile."

And once the film is over, you get to do so much more as Sony Pictures have packed the DVD and Blu-ray™ full of extra content to keep the Annie love going. There are Five Sing-Along Tracks and a special "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" music video with even more featuring on the Blu-ray™ from bloopers to Annie trivia. 

During the film itself Annie does attempt to cook, but fails miserably and so, in honour of the new film coming out on DVD and Blu-ray™, we have been tasked with creating our very own Annie themed recipe. 

It took a while to decide on what to bake, but eventually, Thomas decided that we should do a cake, showered with different colours and have musical theme, just like the film. Since it was his decision, and in homage to the film, I let Thomas bake the cake himself (with adult supervision of course) to see if he could do any better than Annie when baking.

Colourful Sponge Cake
There are quite a lot of ingredients for this cake as there is a butter-cream filling and an icing top as well as them being different colours. To make our colourful cake, you will need:

For the cake:
200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 eggs
200g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk

Butter-cream filling:
100g butter
150g icing sugar

Icing topper:
300g icing sugar for topping
30ml warm water
200g icing sugar for decoration
20ml of warm water

You will also need various different food colourings for every aspect of the cake, we used 5 different colours in the process.

Making the cake:
1.  Preheat the oven to 180C
2.  Grease 2 x 8in cake tins
3.  Add the butter and sugar to a bowl a mix until smooth and creamy
4.  Slowly add in the eggs and flour a bit at a time, mixing in between, and then add the milk too
5.  Separate the mixture in to 2 bowls (only needed if you are doing 2 different colours) and then slowly, a drop at a time, add in the food colouring until it is the colour you want. Tip: make sure not to use yellow like Thomas did as it turns out that it looks just the same as the cake hehe!
6.  Pour the mixture into the cake tins and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
7.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the cake tins

1.  Mix the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and creamy 
2.  Add a few drops of food colouring to finish off
3.  Spread this over one of the cakes and then place the second cake on top
4.  Set aside

Icing topper:
1.  Mix the icing sugar and water together until the icing is a thick enough consistency
2.  Add a few drops of food colouring
3.  Spoon over the cake until it is covered
4.  Leave to set for about an hour
5.  Mix the next lot of icing sugar and water together and then add a different food colouring than in the topping on the cake
6.  Put into a piping bag and then slowly start piping onto the cake in your required design, Thomas did musical notes (with some help from me)
7.  Leave to set before serving

And there you have it, our sponge cake recipe with Thomas' colourful, musical twist. I think he did a good job considering that he's 5 year old (6 next month). What do you think?


  1. Your little boy is so clever making that. I don't think I'd be able to do it even at my age haha

    1. Why thank you. I think he gets it from my mum rather than me hehe