Play pool

Play pool
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1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease deep 22cm-round cake pan; line base and side with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above side.
2.Make cakes according to directions on packets; pour mixtures into pan. Bake cake about 50 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool. Using serrated knife, level cake top.
3.Make jelly according to directions on packet; refrigerate until almost set.
4.Position cake on 35cm round prepared board, cut-side down. Using ruler and toothpicks, mark a 19cm circle in centre of cake. Using markings as a guide and small serrated knife, cut 2cm-deep hollow from cake. Brush top edge and side of cake with jam.
5.On surface dusted with sifted icing sugar, knead icing until smooth. Knead purple colouring into 200g of the icing; roll three-quarters of the purple icing into a rope long enough to reach around the bottom circumference of cake.
6.Enclose remaining purple icing in plastic wrap; reserve. Position rope around cake. Repeat with 200g batches of icing and green, yellow and pink colouring, stacking the coloured ropes up around the outside of the cake.
7.Knead blue colouring into remaining white icing; roll half of the icing into a rope long enough to reach around the top edge of the cake. Flatten rope slightly with rolling pin; position on cake for top of pool.
8.Roll remaining blue icing into a rope long enough to reach around the circumference of the cake; position on cake above pink rope.
9.When jelly is almost set, stir gently to break up; spoon into hollowed section of cake. Position dolls in pool.
10.On surface dusted with sifted icing sugar, shape reserved icings into pool toys; position in and around pool just before serving.

White icing is also known as fondant (it’s the traditional icing used on wedding cakes). It is available in packets from the supermarket and cake decorating shops.


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