Due to time constraints I wasn't able to whip up something from the Cake Book today, but remembered this little delight as shared by Niki several months ago.
So, with the good ole Heather Cake as the base, away we went. Baked in a new extra deep sided round cake tin, as opposed to the square tin I use every other time, allowing for far easier slicing and lunch-box stuffing, the resulting round cake was split into three layers. I didn't bother flattening the top, as I knew it would be covered.
Re-gluing the cake together with chocolate butter cream, the complete cake was then smothered in more of the same.
And most wonderful about this cake, it just doesn't matter how slap-happy you are with the icing, because nobody's going to see it.
It's taken me many years to work out that icing the cake off the serving plate makes presentation so much easier. Thank the Lord for MasterChef.
Standing in the confectionery aisle at Woolies earlier in the week, I couldn't for the life of me remember what Niki's cake had plastered around the sides of it, I just knew they were chocolatey and biscuity. Have a break. I opted for these chocolatey biscuity wafers, which I think worked quite well, but not as consistently uniform as the Kit-Kats would have been.
Not to worry, when things look a little rough, we simply say it's the rustic look don't we?
Then it's much like brick-laying, vertically.
Next, much like a corset to hold a girl together add a ribbon around the girth.
And start placing the M&M's one at a time on top of the cake. The positioning is critical. This way no little m's will be showing. After the first three you'll realise I'm joking and empty the entire packet on top. Too easy. So what if the odd little 'm' is showing. It's short for magical.
And there you have it. But just when you thought you couldn't get any more colour and chocolate in one cake, a nice collar of smarties just to finish off.
Add some colourful candles...
...and one six year old birthday girl
...and you're ready to par-tay.
By far the easiest, and possibly most colourful birthday cake I've yet created.
Thank you Niki for the inspiration.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!