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Christmas Syrup Sponge Cake #NatashaBakesCakes

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Makes

8

Portions
.Not Suitable for freezing
.Preparation

20

minutes
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20

minutes cooking time
.160 C°, 325 F°, Gas Mark 3

Ingredients

For the cake
4oz margarine
4oz caster sugar
6oz plain flour
½ t baking powder
1 t mixed spice
2 eggs 
2 T boiling water
1 T Golden syrup
For the icicing
3.5oz butter
7oz icing sugar
½ t cinnamon
Brown fondant icing
Red fondant icing
White fondant icing
Black food dye
Pretzels 

Method

Preheat the oven to 170oC fan, line two 7-inch tins with butter and baking paper.
Cream the butter and sugar together, add the flour, mixed spice, baking powder and eggs and mix well until combined. Then add the syrup and water and mix until combined.
Pour the batter evenly into the two tins and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Take the cakes out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
To make the buttercream icing put the butter in a bowl and mix until smooth add the icing sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined.
When the cake is cool put a small dot of buttercream icing on a board and place one cake onto it, then carefully put some icing onto the top and smooth out into a smooth flat layer, then place the second cake on the top. Put more buttercream onto the top and smooth out into a thin layer on the top and sides. Roll out the white fondant icing until it is the thickness of a one pound coin, then place it on topand smooth out the top and sides. 
Then roll out the brown icing and use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out the shape of the reindeer (an up-side-down gingerbread man!). Roll out a circle of red icing and cut with the same cutter into the desired shape and size of the nose. Make two small circles of white fondant and put a black dot with the food dye on each circle to make the eyes.
To assemble the reindeer put the gingerbread man cut out upside down on a board and with either edible glue or spare icing stick the red circle onto the nose of the reindeer in the desired place do the same with the eyes then stick the pretzels on to make antlers. Then stick the shape onto the cake. finish it off with a ribbon around the sides of the cake.
You don’t need to make a reindeer you can make anything you want for any season of the year. We also made shortbread stars to make a Christmas Tree and iced it in pastel colours.

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