Buttons Cake

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Buttons Cake

I made this cute Button covered Cake for a friends Birthday this weekend! The awesome Silicone Buttons Mould is available here!

Pink White Button Cake

The cake is a simple Vanilla Sponge filled with buttercream, then covered with buttercream and chocolate ganache! The best part is that it’s really easy to make, here’s how…

You will need:

  • 16oz Unsalted Butter / Margarine
  • 16oz Caster Sugar
  • 6 Eggs
  • 4 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 16oz Self-Raising Flour
  • 3 Cups Vanilla Buttercream / Frosting
  • 300g Dark Chocolate
  • 150ml Double Cream
  • White Chocolate and Pink Candy Melts
  • Button Mould

Vanilla Cake Recipe

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees and lightly grease your cake tins (I used 5 tins, 3 x 8 inch and 2 x 6 inch). To make the cake mix just cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs, milk and vanilla essence mixing thoroughly.

Cake Tins

Add in the flour and mix again until you have a nice thick mixture. Pour the mix into your cake tins then pop into the oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.

While your Cakes are cooking, you can make your buttons, using one of these awesome moulds! You can click here to get one.

Button Mould

I melted white chocolate and pink candy melts then simply poured them into the mould and put them in the fridge to set. You will need a to fill the mould a few times to make enough buttons for this cake.

Cake Layer

Once you have removed the cakes from the oven and they are cool, you can start to layer them. Pop a little frosting onto a Cake Board to stick the first layer on.

Vanilla Frosting

Pipe a layer of frosting over you first layer, I like to do a swirl and then spread it around with a palette knife.

Spread Buttercream

Do this to each layer, then start to spread the frosting around the edges using your palette knife (don’t worry about doing the top).

Frosted Cake

Once frosted it should look like the picture above, the brilliant thing about this cake is that you don’t have to worry about getting the frosting perfect as you will be pouring chocolate ganache all over it!

Chocolate Ganache

To make your ganache (this will be very thick ganache), boil your cream in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water. Once the cream starts to bubble, take of the heat and stir in the chocolate until you have a nice thick ganache. Allow to cool for a little while, then spread over the top of your cake.

Piped Ganache

Once the top layer is covered, fill a piping bag with the rest of your ganache and pipe small amounts near the edges so they drip down.

Ganache Cake

Pipe the second layer down next, the ganache drips down really nicely – just pipe large blobs near the edge and watch them trickle down! I also put a little ganache on the cake board and spread it over.

Buttons on Cake

Now all you have to do is decorate your cake with the Chocolate Buttons you made earlier!

Top of Buttons Cake

Place them on in a random fashion, I did a pile on top, then lined the bottom of each layer with a row.

Easy Peasy! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Jem x

 

  1. Natalie @ Confetti Diaries
    Natalie @ Confetti Diaries07-26-2012

    This cake is adorable! It would be perfect at a “Cute as a Button” themed party. I LOVE the button mold. Who doesn’t need button shaped chocolates? How creative!

  2. Brianna
    Brianna08-24-2012

    I love the idea and how the ganache looks. I”m just a bit concerned that the ganache would be too warm and would melt the buttercream. Would it not? Does the ganache solidify?

  3. IcedJems
    IcedJems08-25-2012

    Hi Brianna, I did let the ganache cool a bit before pouring it over the cake, but it shouldn’t melt the buttercream at all, it tends to glide over it rather than mix in with it. And yes the ganache does solidify a lot more once you let it set (makes it a lot easier to transport)! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and taking the time to comment, Jem x

  4. Kym
    Kym10-29-2012

    I love this cake and plan on attempting it for my sister’s birthday in November. I was thinking of doing yellow and blue or maybe green buttons and colouring the buttercream something that would compliment that. She doesn’t like dark chocolate so I wanted to make a white chocolate ganache instead. Is it just a case of replacing the dark chocolate with white, or do I need to alter the ganache recipe in any other way? Thanks! x

  5. IcedJems
    IcedJems10-29-2012

    Hi Kym, Thanks for your comment! 🙂 I hope you have fun making the cake and I’m glad my tutorial has inspired you! For White Chocolate Ganache use 400ml/13fl oz double cream and 400g/14oz white chocolate 🙂 x

  6. Kym
    Kym10-31-2012

    Thank you- will be sure to send a photo when it’s done! xxx

  7. IcedJems
    IcedJems10-31-2012

    Thanks Kym! I can’t wait to see it! 🙂 x

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