The X-Men are a group of mutants who star in comics, TV shows and movies, and are popular with young children. To make an X-Men birthday cake you can be as creative as you like, although ultimately, since the cake is going to be eaten, intricate design will probably be a waste of time. You can achieve the same effect with a simple design, which will leave you time to put up decorations and plan games for the party.
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Things you need
- 170gr. butter
- 170gr. caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 170gr. self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Rectangular baking tray
- Coloured icing
Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius. Grease a rectangular tin with margerine or butter, or use greaseproof paper to line the pan. Place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into the rectangular tin and place in the oven for 50 minutes. After this time, take the cake out and allow it to cool for five minutes.
Cut the cake in half lengthways so you have two narrow strips of cake. Cut one of the strips in half across the width. Place the longest strip diagonally across a cake board. Attach the two smaller segments on either side of the strip to make an "X" shape. Trim the edges of the longer strip so that it is symmetrical and neat.
Roll out some red icing, using a rolling pin. When you have a flat piece of icing, cut out a square that will fit across the centre of the "X." The size of the square will depend on the size of the "X," although if it is slightly larger, you can trim it once you have laid it on the cake.
Roll out a large amount of blue icing, which will cover the whole of the "X." Lay the icing on top of the "X," covering the red icing square as well. Gently push the icing down, so that it follows the outline of the "X". Trim off any spare parts using a sharp knife. When the entire "X" is covered in blue icing, you can proceed.
For "a slash effect," use a sharp knife to make three long cuts in the blue icing in the centre of the cake. The cuts should be as long as the red square underneath, and wide enough apart that you can fit three cuts. Do not cut through the red icing. When you have made the cuts, pull the icing apart slightly, so it looks as if the cake has been attacked with a claw. To complete the effect, dribble strawberry sauce out from the claw marks.
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