My daughter had an order for a number 5 cake for twin boys and I thought I would share a few photos with you to show you how easy it is to make number cakes without having to buy expensive number cake pans.
The parents wanted a number 5 cake for each boy with a blue and white colour scheme and “something with racing cars…”
So this is how the cakes turned out. Unfortunately by the time we realised that there were only 4 small racing cars for each boy, the shops were already closed so we decided to use them anyway.
My daughter used shoe-lace licorice to outline the number 5 and to make the lines for the “road”. A few jelly racing cars were attached to the sides of each cake and some smaller licorice all-sorts were added for a little colour. I just used two pieces of black paper attached to tooth picks and decorated with gold star stickers for the flags.
This is basically what you need to make a number 5 cake… A ring cake and one bar or loaf cake cut into two equal lenghts. The size of the bar pan is approximately 25cm x 8 cm (10in x 3in) and the ring cake pan 20 cm (8 inches). As you can see on the photo, we used two smaller bar pans because I do not have the 25cm size pan.
We used the old stand by cake recipe that I have been using for ages to bake birthday cakes. A small amount of the batter was coloured blue with food colouring and after pouring the original batter into the pan the blue was added. The tip of a knife was used to draw random patterns in the batter to create a marble effect. I really don’t know why the blue shows up as green on the photo.
Here you can see the blue colour and marble effect better.
To assemble the number 5 cake all you actually have to do is to cut a piece from the ring cake and position the cakes together like shown on the photo. Don’t be afraid to cut off pieces of cake to shape the number until you are satisfied with the look of it. Sandwich the different pieces together with a little bit of butter icing and then complete the cake as you wish.
Here’s a close-up of the number 5 cake
If you look at the first photo with the two number 5 cakes, you will also see how easy it can be to make multiple birthday number cakes. Put the two 5’s side by side and you have a lovely number cake to celebrate a 55th birthday.
Maybe I should bake a number 5 cake for my granddaughter’s birthday next week too but this time use pink icing and a few girly items to decorate it.
Have fun when you try your hand at number cakes for your kids birthday parties.