Smarties Illusion Cake

This is a great cake to make, easy to do and effective on the eye. I saw this being created on a TV show called This Morning and couldn’t wait to recreate it. Your guests will think its magic…

Ingredients

12oz Baking Margarine

12oz Caster Sugar

6 Eggs

12oz Self Raising Flour

2tsp Vanilla Extract

2.5 boxes of Cadbury Fingers

8 tubes of Nestle Smarties

50g Melted Chocolate

Method

Preheat your oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2.

Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs (remembering to add in a table spoon of your flour at the same time to avoid your mixture splitting). Bring together and add the remaining flour. Finally, add in your vanilla extract and combine.

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Line 2x 7 inch round sandwich tins with greaseproof paper. Split the cake mixture evenly into both cake tins and bake for about an hour.

Whilst your cakes are baking, you can make your chocolate fudge frosting.

Ingredients

125g Butter

250g Icing Sugar

30g Cocoa Powder

Splash of milk

Begin by melting the butter in a pan on a low heat. Once melted, sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa powder a little at a time, until evenly combined and any lumps melted and combined. Add in a splash of milk to even out the consistency.

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You should have a glossy sheen to the frosting.  Once ready pop into a bowl for the frosting to cool completely. It will become thicker as it cools.

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Once your cakes are cooked, pop onto a wire rack and take the cakes out of the tins – being very careful to not burn yourself, this will allow your cakes to cool quicker.

Once your cakes are completely cooled, you can begin icing and decorating your cake. If you are using a cake board, make sure that you spread a little frosting on the board before you pop on your base layer. This will make sure that the cake doesn’t slip or slide off the board as you are decorating.

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Add your base layer and spread the frosting as the filler, before popping on your top cake layer. Then with the rest of the chocolate fudge frosting, spread evenly over the top and sides of your cake. Once done, begin adding the chocolate fingers all around the cake, remembering to leave a gap at the front.

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Once you have the chocolate fingers on your cake, you are ready to create the (easy) illusion part of this cake. You will need a thick straw, then you simply pop it into your cake off centre and then pop on an empty Smarties tube at the end.

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You then need to melt the 50g of milk chocolate and start sticking on the smarties to the front of the cake (where you have the gap), and also onto the straw, up to the point where the Smarties tube comes to. Hint: its easier to start from the bottom of the straw and work upwards.

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Once this is done, pour on the rest of the Smarties, serve and enjoy!

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