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Hidden Message Rose Cake

Serves 12-14 


***This recipe will require a quick trip to Officeworks for printing/laminating, so do factor this in!***


Prep time: 20 mins plus decorating 

Cooking time: 50 mins 



225g butter, softened to room temperature  

200g white caster sugar 

100g brown sugar 

6 extra-large (60g each) eggs 

350g plain flour 

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 

250g sour cream  

2 tsp Dollar Sweets Vanilla Bean Paste 

2 x tubs Dollar Sweets Vanilla Buttercream 

Baby pink gel food colour

The Creative Kitchen Roses, to decorate

Transparent sheet, plus laminated hidden message



Preheat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). 


Grease 2 x 16cm round baking tins with butter and line base and sides with baking paper.   


Use a stand mixer or handheld beater to beat butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy. 


Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking each one in with a tablespoon of the flour. Use a spatula to fold in the remaining flour and bicarbonate of soda, then fold in sour cream and Dollar Sweets Vanilla Bean Paste until combined. 


Divide the mixture evenly between prepared tins and spread until level. Bake for 50-60 mins until golden in colour and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.  


Allow cakes to cool completely in tins before removing.   


Spoon both tubs of Dollar Sweets Vanilla Buttercream into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with beater attachment. Tint with a small amount of pink food colour to achieve a soft pink colour then beat until the buttercream is fluffy and soft.   


Spread buttercream onto the top of one cake and layer the other on top.  Cover the top and sides of the cake with buttercream, smooth with a large spatula the pop into the fridge for an hour (keep the remaining buttercream).

While you’re waiting do a quick trip to Officeworks.  Print your hidden message and cut to 14cm in length and a width just enough to allow the lettering, then ask the friendly staff to laminate this.  Grab a transparent sheet while you’re there.

Once you’re back home, place the laminated message on the top of the cake.  Cut the laminated sheet into a strip large enough to cover the message and with a little overlay at one end (about 16cm long).  Place the cut laminate strip on top, leaving a roughly 1-2cm overlay over one edge of your cake (this will be the “pull tab”).  Spoon a little more buttercream onto the top and smooth the surface with an offset spatula.  Decorate with The Creative Kitchen Roses.  When ready to serve, ask your guests to pull back the tab to reveal their secret message!* 



***Be sure to remove the message before eating – it might be cute but plastic isn’t edible.***


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