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The Cereal Killer Cafe Cookbook
There’s no better way to celebrate a friend’s birthday, failing a job interview, or getting divorced, than with a showstopper of a cake. And I think this cake, with its twist on the classic Rice Krispie square, is worthy of a Great British Bake Off semi-fnal! I’ve often found there are a lot of missed opportunities when it comes to celebrations; here are a few unheard-of days you should probably start celebrating, right away.

MAKES 1 BIG CAKE

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  • Step 1

    OK, each layer here needs to be made separately, so
    melt a large knob of butter (5g) and 35g marshmallows
    together in a pan with 1 teaspoon of food colouring.
    Make sure you get the good food colouring from the
    baking store, as the ones from the supermarkets are
    good but might not be as vibrant and will tone down the
    scale of the celebration – meaning less presents.

  • Step 2

    Add 40g Rice Krispies and mix well. Press the
    coloured cereal into a 22cm round cake tin with the
    back of a metal spoon. This can be quite messy as the
    marshmallow is very sticky and has the consistency of
    spider webs, so cover the mixture with baking paper
    before smoothing over the paper. Repeat this process
    with every colour of the rainbow. If you have only one
    cake tin you can keep the layers separate with pieces
    of baking paper. Make sure you keep the layers in the
    fridge as you make each one.

  • Step 3

    To make the frosting, beat the butter with an electric
    mixer until soft, then add the marshmallow fuff and
    beat further. Next, add half of the icing sugar and mix
    until smooth, then add the remaining icing sugar. Use a
    small amount of the icing to cement the layers together;
    remember to do them in the correct order according
    to the colours of the rainbow. That is not the rhyme:
    ‘red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange
    and blue, I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a
    rainbow, too’, ’cause these are not the correct colours.
    This is one of the frst things we learn in life which
    isn’t true, and this is why we have trust issues! The
    correct order is: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo,
    violet (Richard of York gave battle in vain).

  • Step 4

    Once you have built your cake, spread the frosting over
    the top and sides of the entire cake but leave some
    to add to your piping bag to fnish off. If you need to
    smooth the frosting you can run a metal knife under
    very hot water, dry it with a cloth and use the back
    to smooth it down. Finish off by piping the remaining
    frosting around the corners and decorate with wee
    swirly bits. Scatter some hundreds and thousands,
    because once I presented this and was asked why
    I had made a mashed-potato cake!

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