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It's a piece of cake!

Want to bring something special to the traditional cake? Food Editor Darlene has a number of great ideas for you to try.

You'll need 2 x 453g tub Betty Crocker Creamy Deluxe Vanilla Frosting.

Serves
10
Decorating time
30 min

1. Arrange the cakes on the board, trimming cakes and assembling to connect and make the number shape you desire.

2. Using your choice of decorations, spread with frosting and decorate as desired.

Your choice of decorating ideas:

  • Under the sea Add blue food colouring to frosting, swirling colour through for varying intensity. Decorations like pre-made sea creatures decorations, sour strap, and fish and crocodile sweets.
  • Butterfly garden Tint frosting in orange and decorate with pre-made butterfly decorations
  • Farmyard friends Tint frosting in leaf green and use pre-made farm animal decorations
  • Off and racing Tint frosting beige and use chocolate bars to make a racetrack, decorate with novelty cars and signs.
  • What a zoo Use white frosting and decorate with animals and tinted coconut.
  • Chocolate fantasy Spread with white frosting and top with pieces of chocolate or novelty shaped chocolates.


YOUR NUMBER'S UP

If you wish to make your own cake, her are the alternatives to making the shapes used for the numbers.

Store bought cake

  • Swiss roll
  • Double layer sponge cake
  • Double layer slab cake

make your own

Make your own (Cake mix required : Baking temperature and time)
Swiss roll
Bar tin
1 x 340g buttercake cake mix-divided into two bar tins : 180C (160C FF) for 25-30 min.

Double layer sponge cake
2 shallow 18cm or 20cm cake pan
1 x 340g golden buttercake mix : 160C (140C FF) 40-45 min

Double layer slab cake
25 x 35cm shallow oblong pan
2 x 340g golden buttercake mix : 160C (140C FF) 25-30 min

One
1
1. You will need two purchase two Swiss roll style cakes for number one.

2. Place on cake onto the board. Cut a 6cm piece from the remaining cake to make the post longer. Cut a second slice and cut in half to make the base. Trim a wedge off cake for the top and position in place.

Two
2
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number two and make a template for the number.

2. Place the template on the cake and trim around the edges, discarding the portions of cake that are not required.

Three
3
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number three.

2. Take each layer of the cake and remove an 8cm circle from the middle. Remove about a 1/4 of one cake for the base of the three and about 1/3 of the remaining cake for the top. Position to make the number, trimming as required.

Four
4
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number four.

2. Cut the slabs in half lengthways. Position the four pieces into the number four using the pic as a guide.

Five
5
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number five and make a template for the number.

2. Place the template on the cake and trim around the edges, discarding the portions of cake that are not required.

Six
6
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number six.

2. Take one layer of the cake and remove a 6m circle from the middle. Cut a piece about 6cm wide to make the top part of the number.

Seven
7
1. You will need two purchase two Swiss roll style cakes for number seven.

2. Arrange the cakes on the board, trimming wedges from each roll and assembling to connect and make the seven shape.

Eight
8
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number eight.

2. Cut a 6cm circle form each cake. Then trim about 2cm from the side of each cake. Push the cut edges together to make the number eight.

Nine
9
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number nine.

2. Take one layer of the cake and remove a 6m circle from the middle. Cut a piece about 6cm wide to make the base of the number nine. Assemble as the pic indicates.

Zero
0
1. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for 0.

2. Take one layer of the cake and remove an 8cm circle from the middle. Place onto the board. Cut two 6cm squares from the remaining cake and place between the two semi-circles to make the elongated shape.

Do you have any fantastic ideas on special occasion cakes? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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