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TGON Bakes: Men In Black Cake



400g plain flour
10g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch salt
115g unsalted butter
330g caster sugar
2 eggs
250ml vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250ml buttermilk
2.5 tablespoons red food colouring

400g cream cheese
115g unsalted butter
1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
450g icing sugar
250g white icing
250g jet black icing
250g white flower and modelling paste
Various colourings
Edible glue
Pearlescent dust


How to bake

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F.
2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt.
3. In a small bowl, mix the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and red food colouring.
4. In a mixing bowl beat the butter and caster sugar together until it is light and fluffy.
5. Into the creamed butter and caster sugar, beat in the eggs one at a time.
6. Mix in a third of the flour mixture, followed by half the buttermilk mixture, then another third of the flour, the rest of the buttermilk and finally the last of the flour mixture.
7. Pour the mixture in a square cake tin.
8. Bake the cake for about 20 minutes, until the cake has risen and springy. Use a skewer to check if the cake is cooked all the way through.
9. Leave the cake in its tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
10. Turn out on the wire rack and leave to cool completely.


1. Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract together.
2. Slowly add the icing sugar and mix well.
3. Level off the top of the cake.
4. Crumb coat with cream cheese filling and cover with white icing.
5. Next, remove the black icing from its packet and then knead until pliable.
6. Roll it out until it reaches a suitable thickness.
7. Once you have done this, cut out the jacket front, lapels, tie and pocket from the black icing.
8. Using edible glue attach them on, and then make two buttons from black icing.
9. Remove the white flower paste from its packet and knead and then roll out to the desired thickness.
10. Once you have done this, cut out name tags and the men in black film logo from it.
11. Then glue these pieces into place using edible glue.
12. Mix the kneaded black icing with the white flower paste to make grey, and then shape this into a Neuroliser.
13. Brush pearlescent dust onto this and then glue on to cake with edible glue.
14. Now you need to mix different food colours with the white flower paste and then model the icing into ‘alien’ tentacles.
15. Once you have done that, brush on pearlescent dust and using the edible glue, stick into position.



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