If any symbol can be said to be the sign of the 1960s, it's probably the peace sign. From quickly drawn ink sketches on the back of an army jacket to high-end jewellery and designer clothing, peace signs were everywhere during that decade. Hippie retro designs are a fun theme for a birthday party, and a peace sign cake is the natural dessert for this type of celebration. Treat your favourite modern hippie to a fun cake by making a peace sign sweet treat for his or her birthday party.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1 batch prepared cake batter
- 2 round cake pans
- Oven gloves
- 2 cups white frosting
- Food colouring
- Plastic sandwich bag
Divide the batch of cake batter in two and pour each half into an 8-inch round cake pan. Bake the cake layers in the oven according to the package or recipe directions. Remove the layers when the cake is finished and set them aside until they are completely cool.
Scoop up about 1/2 cup of frosting from the batch and place it into a small bowl. Mix in food colouring to create the colour you want for your peace sign. Use a bright colour like purple, hot pink, lime green or neon blue for an authentic hippie flavour.
Scoop 1/2 cup of white frosting onto the top of one cake layer. Spread the frosting over the entire layer of cake. Place the second cake layer on top of the first, enclosing the layer of frosting in between.
Cover the top and sides of the cake with a smooth layer, using the rest of the white frosting. Even out the top of the cake to make a flat surface on which to decorate.
Hold a ruler across the top of the cake. Run a toothpick through the frosting on the top of the cake, keeping the line right up against the ruler. This will create a line in the frosting that divides the cake into two. Turn the cake so that the line runs up and down in front of you.
Scoop the coloured frosting into a plastic sandwich bag. Cut or tear a small corner off the bag to create an opening from which the frosting can squirt out.
Hold the bag in one hand and squeeze it, starting from the top down. The coloured frosting will begin to squirt out in a ribbon from the hole in the bottom corner. Squeeze a ribbon of colour all around the outside edge of the top of the cake, creating a coloured circle.
Make another ribbon on top of the cake, covering up the line you drew in the top of the cake with a toothpick. You now have a cake top with a circle drawn around the outside and a line drawn through the middle.
Find the centre of the vertical line. Use the frosting to draw a diagonal line from the centre of the vertical line down toward the outside circle. Do this in both directions, drawing down toward the right and left of the vertical line. This will finish the peace sign design.
Tips and warnings
- Experiment with other colours on the sides and top of the cake, depending on your birthday celebrant's tastes.
- For the cake batter, use your favourite recipe or your favourite store-bought box cake mix.
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