It's a piece of cake!

Michelle Tan
Prep: 30 Minutes
Serves 10-12
Want to bring something special to the traditional cake? Food Editor Darlene has a number of great ideas for you to try.

YOUR NUMBER'S UP

 

Whatever birthday number you need to create, it is easy with this simple guide. Just follow these easy steps.

 

1 Decide on a theme and source your decorations. We have a few Decorating Ideas listed get you started (see below).

 

2 Choose your number and create the cakes you need from the Cake Guide (see below).

 

3 Assemble the cake onto a cake board or platter, trimming cakes as needed, use the pics for each number as a guide.

 

4 Spread the top and sides of the cake with frosting - most cakes take 2 x 453g tubs Betty Crocker Creamy Deluxe Vanilla Frosting.

 

5 Finish with your decorations.

 

 

 

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, penguin or 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, novelty shaped chocolate, or your favourite chopped candy bar or biscuit.

CAKE GUIDE

You can use store-bought cake, or you can make your own cakes to create the numbers.

STORE-BOUGHT CAKES

The number cakes can easily be created with combinations of these store-bought cakes. See individual numbers for more details.

Swiss roll
Double layer sponge cake
Double layer slab cake

HOMEMADE CAKE

You can create the cakes you need, using prepared vanilla or chocolate cake mix. Select your pan and bake for the time indicated.

Swiss roll alternative
2 x bar tins or a medium loaf pan
1 x 340g buttercake cake mix-divided into two bar tins, or into one loaf pan: 180C (160C FF) for 25-30 min, increase time to 35-40 for loaf pan.

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

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

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

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 1 Number 1 that's life!
  2. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number two and make a template for the number. Place the template on the cake and trim around the edges, discarding the portions of cake that are not required.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 2 Number 2 that's life!
  3. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number three.

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 3 Number 3 that's life!
  4. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number four.

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

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 4 Number 4 that's life!
  5. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge slab for number five and make a template for the number.

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

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 5 Number 5 that's life!
  6. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number six.

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 6 Number 6 that's life!
  7. You will need two purchase two Swiss roll style cakes for number seven.

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

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 7 Number 7 that's life!
  8. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number eight.

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 8 Number 8 that's life!
  9. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for number nine.

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 9 Number 9 that's life!
  10. You will need to purchase a double layer sponge cake for 0.

    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.

    It's a piece of cake!)
    Step 10 Number 0 that's life!