Seeing stripes at four

  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 18
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Seeing stripes at four
  • 3 x 340g packets butter cake mix
Butter cream
  • 125 gram butter
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • blue food colouring
  • 7 pink fruit sticks
  • 6 orange fruit sticks
  • 6 green fruit sticks
  • 6 yellow fruit sticks


Seeing stripes at four
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a 23cm x 34cm (9¼-inch x 13½-inch) number 4 cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Make cakes according to directions on packets; pour mixture into pan. Bake for about 50 minutes. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, to make butter cream, beat butter in a small bowl with an electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar, milk then remaining icing sugar. Tint butter cream blue.
  • 4
    Using a serrated knife, level cake top; secure cake to a 25cm x 40cm (10-inch x 16-inch) rectangular cake board with a little butter cream.
  • 5
    Spread butter cream all over cake.
  • 6
    Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim each fruit stick to fit across the cake. Using the picture as a guide, decorate cake with fruit sticks.


Use a gluten-free packet cake mix for this recipe, if you like. Just make sure the ingredients for the butter cream and the decorations are also gluten-free. Number 4 cake pans can be hired from cake decorating suppliers.

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