Brisbane mum’s awesome no-bake birthday cake using Coles sponges
An amateur pastry chef has left hundreds of people in awe of her impressive Coles no-bake cake.
Louise Griffiths, from Brisbane, took to a popular Facebook group to reveal how she made a no-bake letter cake for her son’s first birthday.
While only one part of the cake was made from scratch, it still managed to make the entire dessert look professional, with a price tag that would normally cost around $ 200.
Ms Griffiths, 30, explained that the letter ‘O’ was an allergen-free artisan sponge, with the rest being an unfilled Coles $ 5 sponge cake already purchased.
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“The ‘NE’ was (three) Coles cut-to-shape sponge cakes with jam, whipped cream and maple syrup,” she said.
“The maple syrup gave it a delicious flavor without being too sweet like buttercream.”
For the garnish, Ms. Griffiths used the supermarket’s Loco dairy-free thickened cream ($ 3) which she whipped in maple syrup.
“But my advice is you have to whip in small volumes to turn it into whipped cream,” she told news.com.au.
To decorate it, she used Arnott’s Mini Milk Arrowroot letters ($ 4) as well as Coles gel pens ($ 5) found in the baking section.
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“I’ve made a Coles three tier mud cake for a baby shower before, but this was my first attempt at a letter cake,” she told news.com.au. “I didn’t have time to give it a try and just went with my own ideas and reading the group’s posts.
“I would have saved at least $ 150 since it was a complete model that I wanted to create. “
She had a young boy allergic to dairy at the party and didn’t want him missing, so she decided to make the letter “O” allergy-free.
“I thought if he was my son I would like him to be included. I made it at an allergen-free “Good Good Vanilla Muffin Mix” health food store and just backed it up into two cake pans that I could then cut into an O-shape, ”Ms. Griffiths.
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To create the shape of the letters, she used a template of “ONE” which she printed from a Google search to be the size of A4 paper.
“I used rectangular cake boards and cut them to the shape of the model with a Stanley knife, but that was just my preference for the presentation,” she explained.
“I froze the sponge cakes before cutting them to reduce crumbs and make it easier to get straight lines.”
Ms Griffiths said the cake, which cost her around $ 35 including decorations, was for her son’s ‘Wild One’ themed birthday last week.
“I wanted a cake that I could use for a smash cake (the big cake surrounded by flakes) but I needed a cake for the guests at her party. We had a large number of participants, which prompted me to do the full ONE and not just number 1. ”
Meanwhile, the smash cake was made using two Coles rainbow cakes stacked on top of each other with 36 flakes on the outside.
“The best thing about this hack is that it doesn’t matter which cake you use as long as you have some kind of buttercream that the Flakes are sticking around,” she said.
As for the decorations, they were from Kmart.
Ms Griffiths then shared her impressive designs in the Woolies / Coles Mudcake Hacks group which drew nearly 200 likes and comments.
“It looks so good !!!!!!” one person wrote.
Amazing! ”Said another, while a third added:“ So smart using letter cookies. What a good idea!”
The mother-of-one said she was “very grateful” for all the support, adding that party guests said it was “good”.
“Some letter and number cakes cost over $ 200 for a single number 1. A much cheaper and easier hack that is more fun when you accomplish something with minimal effort but looks great.”