Save yourself time and money by getting creative with a humble store-bought cake for your next kid's party.
You might be having a big party with school friends, a barbecue with close family or taking your child on a birthday adventure. Whatever you choose, there's one constant with birthdays - the cake.
If you don't fancy splashing the cash or you're not a star baker, you don't need to worry. Lauren Matheson, Woolworths ambassador and baking blogger from Create Bake Make, shares her top five mud cake hacks for creating a super-sweet masterpiece.
"My kids love their favourite superhero, toys or characters being on their birthday cakes, and I love how easy it is to put these type of cakes together," says Lauren. All you need is your favourite shop bought cake, a tub of vanilla icing, lollies to decorate, food colouring and some figurines or toys that fit the theme.
"To put it together, add a couple of drops of food colouring to the vanilla icing until you get the desired colour, and then cover the mud cake with it. Then, simply decorate with your child’s favourite figurines and candles," says Lauren.
You will need two shop-bought cakes for this birthday cake hack. "Slice one cake in half and place the base onto your serving plate. Then, add a little store-bought chocolate icing before placing the second mud cake on top," explains Lauren.
"Add a thin layer of icing around the sides of the mud cake and place Kit Kat pieces around the edge (you will need three blocks of Kit Kat chocolate to do this) and then add the remaining icing to the top of the cake and decorate with your child’s favourite lollies and chocolates," she says. Simple!
Photo: Lauren Matheson
"Construction Cakes are my favourite cakes to make because it really doesn’t matter how messy they are," says Lauren. For this creation, you'll need two store-bought cakes, chocolate icing, Maltesers and Crunchie pieces (or any chocolate you desire), as well as some toy diggers.
"To assemble, remove the icing from one of the mud cakes and place the cake onto your serving plate. Place a little icing on top before adding the second mud cake," says Lauren. "Then it’s time to have fun by ‘excavating’ part of the cake and decorating with more icing and using the chocolate pieces as boulders."
Chocolate mousse cake
One for all the chocoholics out there! Lauren explains, "To make a chocolate mousse cake, simply slice a Woolies mud cake in half and add chocolate mousse to the centre of the bottom of the cake. Place the top half of the cake back on and serve - too easy!"
Lovely lollipop cake
To put this cake together, you will need two cakes, two tubs of vanilla icing, a selection of yummy lollipops and 100s and 1000s (you can also cheat by using chocolate freckles).
"Stack the mud cakes together (placing some icing in between them to help keep them in place) and then add the icing around the sides and the top of the cakes. Using your hands, decorate the base of the cake with the 100s and 1000s or freckles, then add more 100s and 1000s to the top of the cake before you carefully stick the lollipops in place," explains Lauren.
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