This is what you need to make the Michael Jackson 50th birthday Cake:

  • 2 cakes (I made a 24cm x 30cm and a 16cm x 16cm)
  • Butter Icing (I used 250g unsalted butter, 500g icing sugar and a little milk)
  • Jam
  • 2.5kg White Regalice Icing (available at supermarkets or cake supplies shop)
  • 2 x 250g or small packets of red and black sugarpaste (available at supermarkets or cake supplies shop)
  • Edible silver paint or edible glitter
  • Tube of red writing icing
  • Small edible silver balls
  • A Michael Jackson (mine was from ebay)
  • Cupcake toppers (again from ebay)
  • Some red stars (bought or made)
  • Candles
  • Cake board
  1. Firstly I baked 2 Madeira cakes. I used the standard recipe for the small cake and multiplied the recipe by 3 for the large cake.
  2. When the cakes were cold I sliced the dome off each of them using a large knife and was left with 2 flat topped cakes.
  3. I then sliced each one in half and filled with butter icing and jam.
  4. I gave each cake a crumb coat (thin covering of butter icing) and left to harden.
  5. About 2 hours later I covered them in clingfilm and left overnight.
  6. The next morning found some pictures on the internet and printed them off, to use as templates for my sugarpaste decorations.
  7. I rolled out ready made regalice icing to about the thickness of a £1 coin.
  8. After the cakes were covered I put one on top of the other.
  9. Then I made all the sugarpaste decorations. A good tip is to do this on b aking or greaseproof paper so you can get them off easily!
  10. Finally I decorated the cake!