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It’s amazing what you can create with a simple Woolworths mud cake (or 3). While Woolworths mud cakes have always made the best birthday cakes just as they are, it’s extremely easy to add a few decorations and end up with something that looks as though it could have cost 10x the price.
I haven’t baked a birthday cake from scratch in a few years now. I always find I’m stretched for time when I have a birthday to organise and cater for, so Woolworths mud cakes are now my go to birthday cakes. At $4.40 each, they are budget friendly as well as quick and easy. I guarantee you would struggle to bake a similar cake for the same price once you take into account the ingredients and electricity usage.
When it comes to creating your very own Woolworths mud cake hack there are a few tips and tricks worth knowing. I always use a cake board to create the cake on, but any large enough plate or platter will do the trick. You will need to decide how many cakes you will need to create your masterpiece. Two might be enough for a small gathering, but I find three stacked cakes looks the best.
You will need icing to stick the cakes together and create a smooth surface for decorating, whether it’s a homemade buttercream or pre-made icing from the Woolworths baking isle. Finally, and this is my favourite part, you will need to choose some decorations to top the cake with. These decorations can be a mixture of edible and decorative.
This Woolworths Halloween mud cake hack is perfect for Halloween parties, or is even fun to make with the kids as a weekend activity. You could always take the kids for a trip to your local Woolworths and get them to pick out some edible decorations. It’s always fun seeing what they come up with, and kids equally enjoy seeing their ideas come to life.
If you’re not feeling particularly creative and want to create a cake just like mine, I have provided a full shopping list along with instructions below.
You will need:
3 x Woolworths mud cakes (I used 2 white and 1 caramel, but feel free to use any combination you like)
250g butter, at room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
200g white chocolate
1/4 cup thickened cream
Green chocolate food colouring
1 x packet Chocolate Ripple biscuits
Woolworths Milk Arrowroot biscuits
Black writing icing
Put it all together
Before you assemble the cake, it’s a great idea to prep everything ready to go, including the biscuit crumbs, headstones, marshmallow ghosts, green ganache and chocolate buttercream.
First, start with the buttercream. Add the butter to a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy. This will take a few minutes. Gradually add the icing sugar and cocoa powder while continuing to beat the butter. Beat until the icing sugar and cocoa powder are well combined with the butter, and the buttercream is thick. Set aside.
You want the biscuits to look like dirt, so roughly crush the biscuits using either a food processor, or place in a ziplock bag and bash with a rolling pin. The biscuits don’t have to be perfectly crushed, in fact it looks better with bigger and smaller pieces. Set aside.
This step is super simple. Use the black writing icing to draw eyes on the marshmallow ghosts. If you find the marshmallows are too powdery for the writing icing to stick, gently rub the powder off the section you are icing.
Take a few Woolworths Milk Arrowroot biscuits from the packet. Turn over each biscuit so you are writing on the back, and draw the headstone detail using the black writing icing.
Finally, prepare the green ganache by adding the white chocolate and thickened cream to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until the chocolate and melted, and give it a good stir. Add a small amount of the chocolate food colouring and mix until well combined.
It’s very important to use a food colouring that is specifically made for chocolate. If you add ordinary, water based food colouring, the chocolate in the ganache will seize up and become unusable. I used a powdered chocolate food colouring.
Now that the individual elements of the cake are prepared, it’s time to put it all together. Start by stacking the Woolworths mud cakes one by one on a cake board.
Next, use the chocolate buttercream to cover the side of the cake, paying attention to the gaps between the cake layers that will need filling.
Once the sides are iced, pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake. Leave it for a few minutes to begin setting.
After a few minutes, sprinkle the top of the cake with the prepared chocolate biscuit crumbs, and sprinkle some more crumbs around the base of the cake.
Finally, decorate the cake with the headstones, marshmallow ghosts and worm lollies.
If your kids are anything like mine they are going to love this cake! It’s the perfect Halloween treat that takes very little time to put together, thanks to the Woolworths mud cakes.