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Smashable Cake Recipe

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published October 14th 2011
Try this cake at your next party for something that is as fun as it is tasty. These smashable cakes are always a hit with kids, and it'll be that one chance when they're allowed to play with their food. The premise is pretty simple, you bake a tasty cake, cover it with sweets, and then encase it in a chocolate shell. When it is time to serve hand someone the hammer and let them smash.

Because the real effect of this cake comes down to the decorations, we're going to cheat a bit and use a packet cake. We used Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, but you can use any packet mix in any flavour and you'll still be able to recreate the effect. We also made two mini cakes, using a 5 1/2 " Cake tin and some small metal bowls, but you can use a larger tin as long as you have a larger metal pudding steamer.

You Will Need:
1 Packet of Cake Mix
1 Packet Nestle White Chocolate Melts
1 Punnet Strawberries
1 Packet Smarties
1 Packet White Chocolate Freckles
Cake Tin
1 Metal Pudding Steamer that Fits Around Cake Tin

1. Bake cake according to directions on packet. Once finished leave cake to cool completely.
2. If cake has risen then cut away the top of the cake so that the top is flat and smooth.
3. Cover top of cake with frosting (included in cake mix), strawberries, and some of the smarties.

4. Use a spray oil to grease your metal pudding steamer. When well greased put steamer in freezer for 10 minutes.
5. While steamer is in freezer place melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals until they are melted and smooth.
6. Remove steamer from freezer and pour in melted chocolate. Swirl chocolate around the steamer until it is evenly coated and has begun to set. Then place steamer in the freezer until the chocolate has completely set.
7. Once chocolate has set remove the steamer from the freezer and carefully position it over your cake. Wet a towel with hot water and use this to loosen the chocolate. The chocolate casing should slip away from the steamer and cover your cake.

If your chocolate casing does not behave as it should, there is no need to panic. If it has split into multiple pieces, place these around the cake as they would otherwise sit, then use leftover melted chocolate to fill in the gaps and stick them together. You can then also decorate your casing with leftover smarties and freckles, using the melted chocolate to stick them onto the casing. Now the cake is ready for smashing.

Buy a special hammer for the occasion, and pretty it up a bit with a nice ribbon. This doesn't have to be a cake for kids, it could also be a great cake for any tradies in your life.

If you need any help with pulling this off at home just leave a note in the comments.
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Why? For a cake that is as fun as it is tasty
When: Your next big party
Where: The kitchen
Cost: Average
These are the coolest looking cakes I have ever seen :) love them.
By Sheree - senior reviewer
Sunday, 23rd of October @ 02:47 am
Thanks Sheree! I've made them before and they've been a complete success (the shells were PERFECT) but this time I rushed a bit and was having a mini crisis. By the time I was done sticking them back together and decorating you wouldn't have known anything about my panic earlier in the kitchen.
And my niece (who was the birthday girl) absolutely loved them!

That is probably the most important thing I want to get across, they don't have to be perfect, they can turn out amazing even if you do have misshapes along the way! :)
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Sunday, 23rd of October @ 03:39 am
This is a brilliant idea. Presumably for the chocolate shell you could use any stainless steel bowl (as long as it fits in the freezer) so you could make bigger cakes? Great article.
By Anita Coia - senior reviewer
Sunday, 1st of July @ 06:54 am
what fun! I must try this!
By Jennifer Muirhead - senior reviewer
Thursday, 9th of August @ 08:41 am
I can't wait to try this. What fun!
By BronwynvH - reader
Monday, 5th of November @ 11:14 am
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