Movie reel cake
Have you organised a movie-themed birthday for your child but don't have a cake? This movie reel cake is the perfect addition to a movie magic or block buster themed party.

Vanilla sponge


  • 270g butter, softened
  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 ½ cup castor sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tsps vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Place the butter, self raising fl our, castor sugar, eggs and vanilla essence into a large bowl.
  3. Beat all the ingredients together with an electric beater until pale and creamy.
  4. Divide the mixture into two round greased baking tins.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Vanilla butter icing


  • 150g butter, softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsps milk


  1. Beat the butter until white.
  2. Gradually beat in half the icing sugar.
  3. Add milk.
  4. Then beat in the other half of icing sugar.
  5. Beat until smooth.

Fondant icing


  1. Divide your store-bought ”plastic” icing into ¾ and ¼ .
  2. Colour the ¾ ball with brown gel until desired colour is achieved.
  3. Colour the other ¼ ball with black gel until desired colour is achieved.
  4. Wrap the coloured balls separately with cling wrap and leave at room temperature until required.

Assembling the reel cake

  • Place one vanilla sponge round on your serving platter.
  • Ice the top with butter icing and sandwich together. Using the rest of the icing, neatly ice the top and side of the sandwiched rounds.
  • Roll out the brown fondant icing on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar.
  • Make sure your rolled circle is big enough to cover the entire cake with about 2cm extra.
  • Gently place the rolled icing over the sponge cake and ensure it’s neatly covered. Trim any excess icing and smooth the edges.
  • Brush lightly with a little water to get rid of loose icing sugar.
  • Roll out the black fondant icing and cut a 20cm diameter circle.
  • Gently place it in the centre of the cake and lightly brush with water.
  • Let the cake dry and set.
  • Decorate with a stripy ribbon, write a message and then place your sparklers (a nice alternative to candles).
  • Light the sparklers and see the magic!

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