7 Steps to a Gravity-Defying Cake

Follow our step by step guide to create your very own gravity-defying cake. Once you have mastered the technique, use your imagination and create different variations of this dazzling cake.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 12 people


1. Ice the Cake

Ice your favourite chocolate sponge sandwich cake with a thick chocolate buttercream or ganache, making sure to spread the icing over the top and sides of the cake before smoothing with a palette knife.

2. Attach the Straw

Take a wooden skewer and push it down into the middle of your cake. Push a plastic bendy straw over the top of the skewer and into the cake to secure. 

3. Decorate The Straw

Melt 50g of milk chocolate. Brush a little onto a Smartie or chocolate drop, then gently press the Smartie or drop onto the base of the straw.

4.Continue to Add Sweets

Work your way around the straw and upwards until you reach the bend in the straw. You may need to do this in stages to allow the chocolate to set.

Decorate the Rest of the Cake

Sprinkle another large handful of Smarties or chocolate drops over the top of the cake, then carefully stick individual Smarties or drops over the side of cake to create the effect that they are cascading down the front and onto the cake stand.

6. Attach an Empty Sweetie Bag

Angle the top of the straw. Put a brightly coloured paper sweet bag over the bent part of the straw and secure with sticky tape.

7. Serve and Enjoy

Serve the cake and watch your guests' faces light up! Be sure to remove the straw, skewer and bag before eating, and serve in large slices.


Packet of smarties

One cooked spongue

Chocolate buttercream (enough to cover a sponge cake)

Large wooden skewer

Melt 50g (2oz) of milk chocolate

Coloured paper sweet bag

Sticky Tape