The Great Australian Bake Off

Try this hidden design cake at home to reveal an animal print center. 


  • Chai Vanilla Cake

  • 150g unsalted butter

  • 1 cup caster sugar

  • 2.5 cups self raising flour

  • ½ cup plain flour

  • 3 tbs chai latte powder

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup milk (plus extra)

  • brown food colouring

  • black food colouring

  • Coffee Buttercream Icing

  • 4 cups icing sugar mixture

  • 2-3 tbs grounded coffee, ground beans

  • 320g butter, softened, unsalted

  • 3-4 tbs milk

  • Brown food colouring

  • Equipment

  • Loaf tin


  • Cake:

  • 1.

    Cream butter and sugar; add flour, chai powder eggs, and milk and mix until just combined. Split the batter into 3 separate bowls, with one batch being significantly larger than the other 2. In one bowl, add a few drops of brown food colouring and mix well. In the other, add a few drops of black food colour and mix well (you may need to add a little extra sr flour as the colouring can’ water down’ the batter. You need it thick.

  • 2.

    Pour a layer of the plain batter on the bottom of the loaf tin. Transfer brown and black batters into separate piping bags; pipe a 2 black lines over the plain batter, then pipe 2 brown lines over the black; top the brown line with another layer of black before covering with a layer of plain batter.

  • 3.

    Repeat this process until you run out of batter bake in preheated oven at 140c for 1.5 hours

  • 4.

    Allow to cool before icing

  • Buttercream Icing:

  • 1.

    Combine icing sugar, coffee, butter, milk and desired amount of food colouring; beat with electric beaters until smooth and well combined; spoon into a piping bag and icing your cake.


This recipe has not been edited or tested by the Bake Off Food Department.

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