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How to make a gravity-defying cake

For the ultimate showstopping bake, it has to be a gravity-defying cake, with sweets pouring over the top and tumbling down the sides. This bake definitely has the wow factor and is perfect for impressing guests at a birthday party or celebration. It's easy to create your own version with our simple step-by-step guide. Once you have mastered the technique, use your imagination and create different variations of this dazzling cake.

  1. Ice the cake

    Ice your favourite chocolate sponge sandwich cake with a thick chocolate buttercream or ganache, making sure to spread the icing over the top and sides of the cake before smoothing with a palette knife.

    Ice the cake
  2. Attach the straw

    Take a wooden skewer and push it down into the middle of your cake. Push a plastic bendy straw over the top of the skewer and into the cake to secure. 

    Attach the straw
  3. Decorate the straw

    Melt 50g of milk chocolate. Brush a little onto a Smartie or chocolate drop, then gently press the Smartie or drop onto the base of the straw.

    Decorate the straw
  4. Continue to add sweets

    Work your way around the straw and upwards until you reach the bend in the straw. You may need to do this in stages to allow the chocolate to set.

    Continue to add sweets
  5. Decorate the rest of the cake

    Sprinkle another large handful of Smarties or chocolate drops over the top of the cake, then carefully stick individual Smarties or drops over the side of cake to create the effect that they are cascading down the front and onto the cake stand.

    Decorate the rest of the cake
  6. Attach an empty sweetie bag

    Angle the top of the straw. Put a brightly coloured paper sweet bag over the bent part of the straw and secure with sticky tape.

    Attach an empty sweetie bag
  7. Serve and enjoy

    Serve the cake and watch your guests' faces light up! Be sure to remove the straw, skewer and bag before eating, and serve in large slices.

    Serve and enjoy
  8. Ingredients

    Here's all you need to make this impressive cake. Be sure to note down the ingredients or take a screenshot before heading to the shops.

    Chocolate sponge cake
    Chocolate buttercream or ganache
    50g milk chocolate
    Smarties or chocolate drops