I normally don't top our cakes and we don't eat them very often, but this cake was for special occasions. DB had a very special birthday recently - that does deserve cake. DS. & FDiL. getting engaged and us visiting them this last weekend - well, that most definitely deserves some cake, so one cake was made for both occasions.
Using four eggs as the weight for ingredients, I weighed the equal amount of S.R. Flour, margarine but only 3 eggs weight of sugar. We always cut down on the sugar as we find all bought cakes and most recipes far too sweet for us. Everything was put into the bowl at the same time and mixed well.
1/3rd was removed to a bowl and had pure orange essence added. The other 1/3rd had vanilla essence added and the 1/3rd left in the main bowl had cocoa added.
Two sandwich cake tins were lightly greased and base lined with silicone paper. The orange mixture was divided between them in one area, likewise the vanilla, then finally the chocolate one. They were carefully smoothed without mixing them and baked for 25 minutes at 180C.
After a slight cool and removal from the tin, they were left to go cold. You can just about make out the three different areas.
One half was then topped with my Elderflower and Vanilla Jam.
One normal size bag of Maltesers was added to the top, followed by a light dredge of cocoa powder. There you have it, one celebration cake.