Make It Magical
BBC Good Food UK|Christmas 2020
Meet our star turn for Christmas 2020, a towering beauty of gently spiced, soft sponge, layered with fluffy vanilla buttercream and caramel, adorned with glittering sprinkles. We think you’ll agree, this cake is something special
Cassie Best

Sprinkle & spice caramel fault-line cake

Fault-line cakes have been a hot trend in 2020, and with our easy step-by-step recipe, you can create your own for a festive centrepiece. It’s worth investing in some special baking equipment to make this cake (see our tips, right), and in finding suitably glitzy sprinkles.

SERVES 18-20

PREP 50 mins plus cooling and chilling

COOK 1 hr

MORE EFFORT V sponges only

  • 200ml whole milk

  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

  • 300ml vegetable oil, plus extra for the tins

  • 500g plain flour

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • 500g light brown soft sugar

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 4 small pinches of ground cloves

  • 400ml buttermilk (if you can’t get buttermilk, use 300g Greek yogurt mixed with 100ml milk)

  • 4 medium eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing and caramel layers

  • 500g slightly salted butter, softened

  • 1kg icing sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract splash of milk (optional)

  • 150g canned caramel

For the decoration

50g sprinkles (we used a mixture of gold, bronze, and metallic purple, red and turquoise – a mixture of different colours and shapes will give the best result), plus extra for the top (optional)edible gold decorating pen, or edible gold lustre mixed with a few drops of clear spirit (such as vodka)

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