How to make a cheat’s birthday cake in 10 mins for less than £10.
It was our Eldest daughter’s 14th birthday last week. She loves baking and is the ‘Star Baker’ in our house, but it seemed a bit cheeky to expect her to make her own birthday cake. However, as we’d planned a family day trip to London for her birthday, we didn’t want to spend too much money on a cake either. We looked at the celebration cakes on offer in the local supermarket but they were either too small (she’d invited 14 friends to a birthday movie night at our house!), too uninspiring, or not worth the price tag.
Our birthday cake challenge.
As we wandered up and down the aisles in Morrisons in search of inspiration, I spotted a large 10 inch Victoria sponge cake filled with jam and fresh cream for only £4! Admittedly, it only had a shelf life of a couple of days, but the party was the next day so it wouldn’t be a problem. Beth and I decided the cake would be perfect for decorating and set ourselves a challenge: To make a birthday cake on a budget for less than £10.
With Beth’s favourite chocolately toppings in mind, we shopped around and bought our bargain ingredients:
- A tub of Jane Asher Choco Flavoured Frosting, £1 from Poundland.
- A 103g packet of Maltesers, £1 from Morrisons.
- A packet of Dr. Oetker white cooking chocolate, £1.68 from Morrison’s. (their own brand, which only cost 81p, was out of stock).
Our cake and ingredients only cost £7.68 in total, (if the Morrison’s white chocolate had been in stock it would have cost less than £7!). Now all we needed to do was decorate our thrifty cake.
How to create a birthday cake in less than 10 minutes.
1. With a pastry brush or similar, brush the excess icing sugar off the top of the cake in preparation for adding the chocolate frosting.
2. Using a spatula, carefully spread the chocolate flavoured frosting on top of the cake.
3. Break the white chocolate into squares and place them in a glass bowl.
4. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or by heating the bowl over a pan of simmering water on the hob.
5. Whilst the white chocolate is melting, arrange the Maltesers on top of the frosted cake as shown.
6. When the white chocolate has melted, drizzle it over the cake using a large spoon.
7. That’s it! The birthday cake is ready for candles!
Beth’s brilliant bargain birthday cake.
We succeeded in our challenge: we made a cheat’s birthday cake on a budget in less than 10 minutes. What’s more, Beth loved it and agreed it looked so much nicer than the smaller, more expensive shop-bought birthday cakes. Using a fresh cream cake and not one of the ‘long-life’ cakes meant it tasted delicious too.
Over to you.
What do you think of our quick birthday cake on a budget? Do you tend to order a cake, buy a cake, or make one for your family birthdays? Have you got any budget birthday cake ideas you can share with us or tricks for making a fabulous budget cake? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
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What a fab idea! Definitely easier than hours in the kitchen and a mound 9f washing up! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays
I’m a lazy one as always buy a cake! When I attempted to bake once it was a disaster!! This looks delicious and a great budget x#matvmondays
what an absolutely brilliant and inspired idea – I have never thought of doing this! End result looks absolutely fantastic – well done you! #MarvMondays
Aw, thanks, Helen. It’s so simple and effective isn’t it? I find the pre-decorated cakes taste a bit synthetic but this was delicious!!
What a fab idea! I will be doing this for Youngest’s birthday. Last year I ended up grilling the cake by accident – don’t ask #MarvMondays
I need to know more about this cake grilling you speak of!!!
This is such a great idea, and it looks amazing! I would never have thought to do that but I will now! xx #MarvMondays
Thanks Louise! There are so many other toppings you could try. I was even thinking of putting Proper Cadbury’s chocolates on top and then putting frosting around the side so you could have Cadbury’s chocolate fingers all the way around!!
Deliciousness in 10 minutes!!! I could go for it Jane 🙂 I love anything that can be made in a jiffy, that too with chocolate…. thanks for the idea!!!
Looks great! I always bake mine, it ends up costing me a fortune and a lot of stress but I love it so I do it! This is a great option though if things don’t work out! #KCACOLS
That’s such a clever idea! We usually buy our birthday cakes,but this have given me loads of ideas on how we could personalise the cakes more. What did it taste like? #KCACOLS
Annette, it is much tastier than the synthetic tasting, decorated ones in supermarkets…I guess they have to have stuff in to keep them fresh. This is a delicious, fresh cream filled Victoria sponge. Really moist too. The only drawback is having to buy it 2-3 days before party/event because of the short shelf life. But to be honest, it’s so quick to decorate, it doesn’t really matter.
That looks so yummy, and so much easier than baking from scratch, haha! x #KCACOLS
So when can I come over for a slice!? (bet there’s none left) (I do have last nights chocolate tiramisu to offer here though!?) #kcacols
It’s ALL gone! Fresh cream, you see…We HAD to eat it fast.
Ah this looks great! Two of my boys have birthdays coming up and love chocolate cake – we were planning on just grabbing one from the supermarket, but this looks cool! Will definitely come back to it, thank you 🙂 #KCACOLS
They have a chocolate version in our supermarket as well as the plain one! Hope you can find what you want!
What a brilliant recipe! Thank you for this it will come in handy! 😀
Can never say no to a budget cake snack. 😀 😀
Jane, this sounds and looks bloody amazing! My mum did something similar actually this weekend with a pre-made Victoria sponge cake from Sainsburys. She decorated with chocolate butter cream and then used flakes to make a bonfire! was fab!
Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!
This is such a good idea! The cake looks great and I am sure it was tasty too!
Looks great and you’d never know it was a cheat or on a budget. I love to bake for family birthdays but it can be quite pressured and stressful at times! x #KCACOLS
This looks so awesome – I’m useless in the kitchen, but I feel like I could manage this well enough to wow everyone! 😀 #KCACOLS
How wonderful! It’s so tricky to find a reasonabily priced cake last minute. #KCACOLS
What a fab idea! And it looks bloody delicious too! x #KCACOLS
That looks fantastic! You were very creative to come up with an idea like that. I hope the birthday was great. #kcacols
Thanks, Nicole! The birthday was a hit and we made another one for Eldest’s Rowing Club Regatta.
Since someone got me a handmixer for my birthday, it has made baking so much quicker and easier. A good old sponge cake, topped with vanilla butter icing and freeze dried strawberries makes a lovely birthday cake, as does Mary Berry’s cappuccino cake (although I did double the amount of coffee compared to the recipe and could still have got away with adding more). #KCACOLS
Oh, I ‘d love a proper stand mixer like they have on GBBO. I’ve told Mr T that I will make many cakes if I have one. Until then I will be decorating cakes that Morrisons made for me…
This is fantastic and looks so tasty! Excellent post!
Wow such a great idea, birthday cakes can sometimes be so pricey #KCACOLS
Such a good idea. Looks yummy! #KCACOLS
I never think to redecorate cakes!! Thanks for the idea #kcacols
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments! There are so many great options for yummy toppings!
Excellent idea! Why have I never thought of doing this before – and what a bargain at under £10! #KCACOLS