Recipe

Guitar shaped birthday cake

No one will want to pick this guitar up and smash it...it’s much too tasty for that and it's just another of our old-school favourites from The Australian Women's Weekly's famous 'Children's Birthday Cake Book' cookbook.

  • 45 mins cooking
  • Makes 1
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Ingredients

Guitar
  • 2 x 470g packets butter cake mix
  • 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
  • 1 black licorice strap
  • 1 ice-cream wafer
  • 2 pink musk sticks
  • thin black elastic
  • 1 thick licorice twist
  • 6 round yellow lollipops
  • 5 centimetre x 1m wide ribbon
Butter cream
  • 125 butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Method

Guitar
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease cake pans; line bases and sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above sides.
  • 2
    Make cakes according to directions on packets. Pour mixture into pans, so that all mixtures are the same level; bake bar cake about 30 minutes and square cakes about 40 minutes. Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
  • 3
    Assemble the three cakes, as pictured, placing bar cake in center at end of smaller square cake. Make two slits in top of each side of smaller square cake, to halfway through cake; cut off these four small pieces (you will need only two cut-out pieces for the guitar). Place a cut-out piece on either side of larger square cake 4cm up from bottom.
  • 4
    Position cake pieces, cut-side down, on cake board to form guitar; secure with a little butter cream. Discard any leftover cake pieces.
  • 5
    To make butter cream, beat butter until white as possible, gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then milk, then remaining icing sugar. Beat until smooth.
  • 6
    Combine 1/2 cup of butter cream with 1/4 cup of the sifted cocoa in small bowl; using picture as a guide, spread all over neck and sound hole. Combine remaining butter cream with remaining 1 tablespoon of sifted cocoa in medium bowl; spread over remaining cake.
  • 7
    Outline sound hole with a thin strip of licorice strap, as pictured. Position thin strips licorice strap across neck of guitar.
  • 8
    Cut wafer in half lengthways, cut away two corners of each half; press wafer halves firmly into position, one to form bridge, the other at base of neck, as pictured.
  • 9
    Cut each Musk Stick into three pieces; secure a piece of elastic on each piece Musk Stick for strings. Press Musk Sticks well into top of neck, as pictured. Press a piece of licorice twist firmly over elastic ends at base of guitar to hold the strings steady.
  • 10
    Position lollipops at top of neck to make tuning knobs; slip ends of ribbon under cake to make strap.

Notes

Equipment you will need to make the cake guitar; 8cm x 25cm bar cake pan, deep 20cm square cake pan, deep 22cm square cake pan and a 40cm x 80cm rectangular cake board.

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