Four birthday cake
- 2 x 340g (11-ounce) packaged buttercake mix
- 185 gram (6 ounces) butter
- 2 1/4 cup (360g) icing (confectioners') sugar
- 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
- red food colouring
- 250 gram (8 ounces) ready-made white icing
- icing (confectioners') sugar
- black food colouring
- 19 tic tacs
- 1 black licorice strap
- 4 chocolate cars
- assorted mini road signs
Four birthday cake
- 1Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease 20cm x 30cm (8-inch x 12-inch) rectangular cake pan; line base and two long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm (2 inches) over sides.
- 2Make cake according to directions on packets. Pour into pan; bake about 40 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
- 3Meanwhile, to make butter cream, beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Beat in sifted icing sugar and milk, in two batches. Tint butter cream red.
- 4Using serrated knife, level cake top. Turn cake cut-side down. Cut cake into three even strips.
- 5Leave centre strip whole; cut remaining strips into three segments.
- 6Assemble cake pieces on 40cm (16-inch) square prepared cake board, cut-side down, to form the number four; discard remaining cake. Spread butter cream all over cake.
- 7Knead ready-made icing on surface dusted with sifted icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness; reserve a walnut-sized amount of icing for road markings, wrap in plastic. Tint remaining icing grey with black colouring.
- 8Roll grey icing until 2mm (¹/8 inch) thick. Using sharp knife, cut 6.5cm x 28cm (2¾-inch x 11¼-inch) rectangle, 6.5cm x 15cm (2¾-inch x 6-inch) rectangle and 6.5cm x 8cm (2¾-inch x 3¼-inch) rectangle; position on cake for roads.
- 9Roll reserved white icing into thin cord, cut into two 6.5cm (2¾-inch) pieces and one 27cm (10¾-inch) piece; secure to cake, with tiny dabs of water, for road markings.
- 10Secure Tic Tacs to roads with tiny dabs of water to mark lanes. Cut licorice strap into 14 x 1cm (½-inch) pieces and one 13cm (5¼-inch) piece; position on cake to form rail tracks. Position cars and road signs on cake, as desired; secure with a little butter cream.
Equipment: 20cm x 30cm (8-inch x 12-inch) rectangular pan; 40cm (16-inch) square prepared cake board.
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