Recipe

Happy birthday chalkboard cake

Ready for first day of school? This birthday cake is perfect for a child's 5th birthday party.

  • 1 hr preparation
  • 24 hrs marinating Icing to dry
  • Makes 1
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Ingredients

Equipment
  • 30 centimetre x 40cm rectangular cake board
Cake
  • 2 x 450g packets double unfilled sponge slabs
  • 1/2 x 453g tub chocolate frosting
Decorations
  • 3 x 125g packets ready-made black icing
  • pure icing (confectioners’) sugar, for dusting
  • 30 gram ready-made red icing
  • 15 gram ready-made green icing
  • 7 chocolate-coated licorice sticks
  • non-toxic chalk

Method

Happy birthday chalkboard cake
  • 1
    To make ‘chalk board’, knead ready-made black icing on a surface dusted with a little sifted icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness. Roll icing between two sheets of baking paper until 2mm thick. Cut into a 22cm x 27cm rectangle. Stand icing overnight to dry.
  • 2
    Turn cakes top-side down; secure, long sides together, on the cake board with a little frosting. Spread tops with a little icing. Top with remaining cakes. Reserve 2 tablespoons frosting for decorating. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Top cake with ‘chalk board’.
  • 3
    Knead ready-made red and green icings, separately, on a surface dusted with a little sifted icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness. Roll each piece on a surface dusted with a little icing sugar until 2mm thick. Cut red icing into an apple shape; cut green icing into a leaf shape. Secure to ‘chalk board’ with a little water.
  • 4
    Secure licorice sticks around the edge of the ‘chalk board’ with a little frosting, trimming to fit. Draw on the chalk board with chalk.

Notes

Start this a day ahead so that the black icing can dry out. The chalk is non-toxic, you can wipe the chalk off before serving, if you prefer.