Today is Ghana’s 63rd year of Independence! So in honour of this great occasion, here we have a Ghana inspired cake (Simple Vanilla sponge cake recipe available here)

To colour the buttercream, I have used ‘Wilton’s –  gel paste food icing colouring’ in colours red, green and yellow and ‘Sugarflair’s – black extra max concentrated paste colouring’.

Preparation time: 15mins

Ingredients:

  • 500g of Unsalted butter (softened to room temp)
  • 1kg Icing Sugar
  • 10-50g Double cream
  • 3tsp Vanilla extract 
  • Wilton’s gel paste food icing colouring 
  • Sugarflair’s black extra max concentrated paste colouring
  • Van Houten – Intense Deep Black Cocoa Powder

Method:

  1. Whip the softened butter in the cake machine on high speed until light, pale and fluffy (5-6mins)
  2. Stop the machine and add in the icing sugar slowly. To avoid clouds of sugar when mixing, place a cloth over the machine before starting to combine the butter and sugar on low speed
  3. While mixing, add in the cream and vanilla flavouring and whip on medium speed for 1 minute.
  4. Tips to colour – red/yellow/green: separate the buttercream into equal parts. Add the colouring in small amounts using a toothpick and fold in using a spatula to maintain the consistency. Continue to add the gel colouring until you achieve the desired depth in colour.
  5. Tips to colour – black: add 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder to a fifth of the buttercream mixture. Add the black colouring in small amounts using a toothpick and fold in using a spatula to maintain the consistency. Continue to add the gel colouring until you achieve the desired depth in colour.