Recipe

Magic forest house cake

This Hansel and Gretel inspired, magic forest house cake is a fun one to get the kids involved. They can get creative and decorate the house with all the lollies.

  • 1 hr 30 mins preparation
  • Makes 1
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Ingredients

Equipment
  • 30 centimetre square cake board
Cake
  • 3 x 450g packets double unfilled sponge slabs
Butter cream
  • 250 gram unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cup icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 4 millilitre milk
  • 35 gram cocoa powder
Decorations
  • 375 gram white chocolate melts
  • 1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
  • green food colouring
  • 2 ice-cream wafers, trimmed
  • 2 red sour straws, thinly sliced
  • 3 wizz fizz sherbet cones, 2 cut in half
  • 250 gram small mixed boiled lollies
  • 32 jelly sweethearts
  • 5 licorice allsorts, sliced to separate colours
  • 7 candy canes

Method

Magic forest house cake
  • 1
    To make butter cream; beat butter until white as possible, gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then milk, then remaining icing sugar. Beat until smooth. Stir sifted cocoa powder into butter cream, tint with brown colouring.
  • 2
    Level cake tops. Secure one sponge slab on cake board with a little butter cream. Top with 3 more sponge slabs, securing with a little butter cream between each layer. Cut the remaining 2 sponge slabs into 10cm squares; cut squares in half diagonally. Stack four of the sponge triangles, side-by-side, on top of cake to make roof, securing with butter cream between each cake. Trim if necessary so roof finishes flush with the walls.
  • 3
    Cut two 4cm x 8cm rectangles from sponge offcuts. Using picture as a guide position cake rectangles, side by side, with a little butter cream on house for door. Spread remaining butter cream over top and sides of cake.
  • 4
    Trim wafers into door and window shapes; attach to cake with a little butter cream. Position chocolate Melts, slightly overlapping on roof, trimming to fit.
  • 5
    Tint coconut green. Sprinkle coconut around cake.
  • 6
    Using picture as a guide, decorate cake with remaining lollies.