We are all big lovers of Irn Bru here so when we saw this recipe we had to try it out! But wee dainty cupcakes wouldn’t have been Burns’s thing – no doubt he would have preferred a good giant slab of cake that would see a working man through the hard slog in the fields. So here we have for you a recipe for this fantastic Irn Bru cake!
For the cakes:
- To make a double sponge like in the picture above, double the amounts of everything.
125g plain flour (sieved)
125g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
125ml buttermilk (or regular milk with a squirt of lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
125g unsalted butter
85ml Irn Bru
For the icing:
110g icing sugar (sieved)
50g unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Recipe Source: London Baking blog.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4
Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, sugar, bicarbonate of soda
Put the room temperature butter and Irn Bru in a sauce pan and heat gently until the butter melts into the Irn Bru, then remove from the hob.
Pour the buttermilk into a cup and add the egg and vanilla essence, beating it all together.
Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture and the butter/irn bru mixture and mix until fully combined and any lumps have gone. To make the cake look orange, add some orange food colouring. Pour into a cake tin (making sure it is greased or lined with parchment paper).
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Make the icing! Cream room temperature butter in a bowl, then add the icing sugar and vanilla extract, beating the mixture until all ingredients are incorporated.
Spread icing onto the cake and decorate with all the unnaturally blue sweeties you can find!
Keep an eye out on our blog for more Irn Bru recipes in the coming months!