Cow print cake decorating

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To celebrate the launch of Cadbury’s Adopt a Cow campaign, we’ve made special cow print cake in this sponsored collaboration. Watch as Mumsnet blogger Katy decorates the show-stopping party piece – with the help of her lovely daughter Lily.


For the sponge

  • 225g butter, well softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 10g Bournville cocoa powder, sifted

For the decoration

  • 2 tablespoons reduced sugar apricot jam
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 450g ready-made white fondant icing
  • A little red food colouring paste
  • 2 white chocolate Cadbury Buttons (regular, not giant)
  • 8 giant milk chocolate Cadbury Buttons
  • 55g milk chocolate Cadbury Buttons (regular, not giant)


  1. Have two sandwich cake tins ready, one of 16cm diameter and the other of 21cm diameter. Grease and base line each with non stick paper.
  2. Make the sponge. Put all the sponge ingredients, except the cocoa, into a bowl and mix together until well combined with an electric hand mixer but be careful not to over mix.
  3. Divide the mixture in half and fold the cocoa into one half of the mixture. Divide alternate spoonfuls of the two cake mixtures between the cake tins, to give a patch effect. Level the surface and bake in a preheated oven at 180C, or 160C fan oven or gas mark 4 for 20-25 mins for the smaller cake and 25-30 mins for the larger cake. Leave to cool and then remove from the tins.
  4. Meanwhile put the jam in a small bowl with the water and heat in the microwave until hot (but not boiling). Mix well and rub through a sieve to remove any fruit lumps. Brush or spread the warm apricot glaze over the top and sides of the upturned cakes (this will prevent cake crumbs getting into the icing).
  5. Place the smaller cake on top of the bigger one, so that the smaller cake is overlapping the centre of the top edge by about 4cms. Place on a flat plate or cake board.
  6. Roll out the icing on a surface, dusted with cornflour, to form a round shape about 44cm in diameter. Carefully lift this icing and place centrally onto the tiered cakes, so that it completely covers both cakes. Gently shape the icing over the cakes, pressing to the sides of the cakes. Trim off the excess icing to use for decoration.
  7. Thickly roll out the excess icing and cut out two petal shapes for your cow’s ears. Dye the rest of the icing with a little red food paste to give a subtle pink colour. Then thinly roll out and cut out a shape like an upturned eye-mask for the wide nose. Cut out two small holes for the nostrils and then position on the bottom part of the top tier, slightly overlapping the edge. Use a little moisture on the underside to hold in place. Arrange two white Cadbury chocolate Buttons in the nostril holes. Lightly mark a semi circle on to the pink icing as a mouth. Next hand shape two small pink horns. Use two giant Cadbury Buttons as eyes. Arrange the eyes, ears and horns on the cake, using a little moisture as the glue or if necessary cocktail sticks for the horns.
  8. Next, arrange slightly overlapping Cadbury chocolate buttons on the cake to look like the dark patches on a cow. If you dampen the base of Buttons, using a clean damp J cloth, they will stick to the icing. Also add some chocolate button halves to the ears. Now arrange 3 giant Cadbury chocolate Buttons on either side of the front base of the cake to look like hooves. Enjoy!

    To be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

With thanks to our Mumsnet blogger Katy from What Katy Said

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