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My Bir-day Surprise!


It’s my birthday! Woohoo! So here is the second post of the day, and with it, the cake I will be enjoying with my family later on today. By the way, the word ‘Bir-day’ originates from the year of ’02, when I learned about birthdays, yet could not bring myself to pronounce it correctly. Take a peek and recreate this cake – it’s one iPod iEat!!


“Grandma,” I said, frowning, “You are NOT making my birthday cake.” (Please, dear reader, don’t get the impression she is bad at this, she is good enough to run her own shop for cake-making.) “I want to make my cake, all by myself, and I want to make an amazing one as I will be a teenager.” She immediately began to protest and in a spur of a moment attempt to stop her, I told her I would make an iPod cake. She surrendered, and I slouched back into my comfy chair to watch TV. Suddenly, it hit me. I couldn’t make the simple chocolate cake I had planned – I had to make an iPod cake!

So, here is the recipe for Phoebe’s iPod cake. You can decorate it and make it in what fashion you want, but I chose an iPod classic, as they’re my favourite. Be creative! Inside, (which you can’t see from any of the photos) I decided on blue and plain marbled sponge – I simply divided the cake mixture and added food colouring until I achieved the perfect colour! Note: Quantities will adjust due to size of tin.

Makes: 1 square cake

For the sponge:

  • 6oz butter, softened
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 6oz sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Blue food colouring (optional)


Pipe it on!

  1. Grease the tins and set the oven to 170 C. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl, using an electric whisk, then one by one, add in the eggs and combine.
  2. Next, sift in all the flour and fold. At this stage, you can either put all the mixture straight into the tin or decide to marble or flavour it in anyway. If you wish to marble, simply divide the mixture into two, add colouring until you achieve your desired shade in one of them, then add the bowls to the cake tin into two layers, then use a toothpick to swirl the two together.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

For the decoration:

  • 2 tubes of ready-rolled royal icing
  • Food colouring
  • Writing icing/edible pens
  • Strawberry laces
  • Apricot jam
  • Haribos (Tangfastics) or other sweets


  1. Put in a very, very small amount of colouring by toothpick and knead, knead, knead until you reach the perfect colour. Don’t put too much in, as you can only achieve pastel shades, without altering the taste or reaching a sticky, lumpy mess. Use your tin as a stencil and cut out a large square which completely covers the cake.
  2. With the remaining icing, cut out a smaller rectangle and a circle, with another circle cut out inside it. Stick these on the cake, with apricot jam as they won’t attach themselves as easily as the others.
  3. Finally, pipe on the pause, fast-forward,  fast-backward and menu buttons onto the circle. You can also write a message in the rectangular iPod ‘screen’. As a finishing touch, tie two laces together and achieve wire for your ‘headphones’. If using Haribos, find the sweet, which looks like a magnifying glass, and cut off the end, leaving you with a circle with a small hole inside which you can attach the lace to. Position these at the top of your cake, and you are done!




Author: ayoungfoodie

Lover of lomography and typical food-crazed teen. In the process of rekindling her passion for blogging.

14 thoughts on “My Bir-day Surprise!

  1. Happy Birthday! That cake looks fantastic!

  2. This is fantastic!!! It looks so good too. You’re amazing Phoebe. You really are.

    Happy, happy Birthday!!!

  3. OMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I love this cake!! :DD I made a radio cake for my sister once XP xx

  4. i love thiss cake, it is legendary 😉 xx

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