Hippy van cake
PREP TIME OVER 1 HOUR
30cm x 40cm rectangular cake board
1 x 450g packaged double unfilled sponge cake slabs 2 x 453g tubs vanilla frosting green food colouring
50g white chocolate Melts 50g 100’s and 1000’s sprinkles 10cm piece black licorice strap 2 rainbow sour straps 3 pretzel sticks 6 extreme red sour straps 3 each red, purple and yellow oval jubes 4 chocolate cream-filled biscuits 14 edible cake decorating flowers 2 x 100’s and 1000’s coated white chocolate buttons 2 yellow Skittles 1 Trim and stack cakes to form a 20cm long x 9cm wide x 7cm high rectangle. Use a little frosting to secure cake pieces together; secure cake to cake board with a little frosting. Tint half the remaining frosting light green. Using picture as a guide, cover bottom half of cake with green frosting and top half with white frosting, making a ‘V’ shape at the front. 2 Melt chocolate. Draw a surfboard shape on baking paper, turn paper over. Use a spoon to thickly pour and spread chocolate over the surfboard drawing. Leave until almost set, then trim shape; leave until set, remove paper. Spread a little more chocolate (re-melt if necessary) on sides of surfboard; press 100’s and 1000’s into chocolate. Using picture as a guide, cut some of the licorice strap into a strip and circle to make a leg-rope for the surfboard; attach with melted chocolate. 3 Cut the edge of one rainbow strap into a scallop shape. Spread melted chocolate on opposite straight edge of strap. Secure both rainbow straps together at a 90° angle to make awning for the van; stand until set. Cut pretzel sticks in half and push 6 pieces into one side of the van to make a shelf for the awning to rest on. 4 Cut sour straps into 2 heart shapes; cut remaining strap into thin strips. Use the strips to outline van and awning. 5 Using picture as a guide, cut the licorice strap into strips to make the ‘peace’ sign; secure to van with a little melted chocolate. Cut jubes lengthways into quarters to make flowers; secure flowers and hearts to van. Cut leftover pieces of yellow jube into small rounds; position on centre of jube ‘flowers’. 6 Decorate with remaining decorations.
You’ll find these cakes and more in The Australian Women’s Weekly Easy Party Cakes, RRP $16.95, available at selected book stores.