When it comes to cakes, I am not great at simple! If you like elegant, understated cakes, this post is probably not for you! I am by no means a professional baker but I love creating big, over the top cakes and this donut cake for Miss Charlie’s 5th Birthday is no exception.
The cake itself is layers of chocolate cake and vanilla funfetti cake covered in strawberry swiss meringue buttercream. The funfetti cake is made by adding oodles of rainbow sprinkles to a regular vanilla cake mix (tip: use the long ‘jimmies’ type of sprinkles as the round hundred & thousands will start to bleed their colour into the batter almost immediately and it will not be as effective). There is also a surprise inside the cake: the centre is filled with smarties, mini M&Ms and assorted sprinkles. I had my fingers crossed that they would all spill out as the first slice of cake was cut and much to everyone’s delight, that is exactly what happened.
The cake is decorated with a dark chocolate ganache drip (most of my cakes have the drip look as I just love the effect!), white chocolate shards covered in assorted sprinkles (tip: use gel food colours to tint the white chocolate to your desired colour), fresh donuts, donut cookies, chocolate donuts and mini blocks of chocolates.
The 5 candle is a basic pink candle from the supermarket (I am obviously in denial about Miss Charlie growing up so quickly – I originally bought a 4 candle and had to go back the next day to get a 5!). I used a small paint brush to cover the front of the candle with craft glue and then added the sprinkles, it dried in around 24 hours and I just love how it turned out.
Thanks for reading along. If you have any questions or comments about my cake, please feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to get back to you.
Until next time,
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