Cakes that are decorated with a number – for example with fondant or chocolate beans – are known to all of us. If you want to surprise a friend or family member, you should bake a number cake for him, the shape of which is a number as a whole.
It is a beautiful, elegant dessert that is super easy to prepare and inexpensive. You could decorate the cake wonderfully with the favorite candy of the birthday child. Are you a hobby cook who likes to bake something for your loved ones? Then read on and try one of our recipes – you will definitely not regret it!
What exactly is a numbers cake?
A number cake consists of 2 or 3 layers. For the dough, you could choose between shortcrust pastry or biscuit batter. In between there is a dimensionally stable cream, which is shaped into small tufts with a spray nozzle. Cream cheese frosting, custard, chocolate – you can use just about anything as a cream. The best thing is neither the dough nor the filling, but the decoration – there are no limits to your creativity. Create a beautiful and edible work of art by decorating the cake with fresh fruit, macarons, meringues, various sweets or even edible flowers.
The cream for your numbers cake
Basic recipe for the filling for the numbers cake
- 400 ml Rama cream refine
- Mix 200 g sour cream, alternatively sour cream and crème fraîche 1: 1 or take quark
- 4 packs of cream stiffener
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 1 pack of vanilla sugar
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- optional some food color of your choice
- Whip up the Rama Cremefine and slowly pour in the cream.
- Add sour cream, sugar and lemon juice and continue beating, chill for 1 hour.
Or how about a number cake with a shot? For adults only, of course!
- 250 g soft butter
- 200 g powdered sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 130 ml eggnog
Beat the butter until frothy. Add the powdered sugar and egg yolks little by little and then stir in the egg liqueur.
Rum cream cream
- 2 sheets of gelatin, white
- 80 ml rum
- 40 g of sugar
- 250 g cream
Soak and dissolve the gelatin according to the package instructions. Mix the rum with the sugar and stir in the gelatin, chill. Whip the cream until stiff and fold it under the rum mixture as soon as it starts to gel.
Pay cake recipes
You could just use a sheet of paper for the template. To do this, create a Word document with extra enlarged numbers. Most cake numbers are made of shortcrust pastry , which you know from the beloved Christmas cookies. The advantage is that you can cut the cake before you bake it.
Shortcrust pastry recipe
- 200g cold butter
- 250 g flour
- 150 g of sugar
- 2 eggs
- Abrasion from an orange
- Cut the butter into pieces and knead with the remaining ingredients into a dough.
- Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
- Then roll out the dough and cut out the desired numbers, pierce several times with a fork and bake on the middle shelf at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Sponge cake base for your numbers cake
- 10 eggs
- 10 tablespoons of sugar
- 10 tbsp flour
- 10 tbsp painted walnuts (almonds and pistachios are also possible)
- 2 packs of baking soda
- Place the eggs in a bowl and stir with sugar for 5 minutes until you get a white cream.
- Slowly add the flour, baking powder and walnuts.
- Mix briefly and spread over two large baking sheets.
- Bake at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Let it cool and cut out the numbers.
Composition from the numbers cake
- First put the numbers on a plate or baking sheet. You can also spread this with jam if you like.
- Spray the cream in the form of a spot. Then there is the second number, again jam and then cream.
- Now let your imagination run wild and start decorating!
And an insider tip from us – the number cake tastes best immediately, but it can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you use cut fruit, spread warm jam on it. This will seal them and keep them fresh longer.
Pay cake from puff pastry recipe
- 4 packs of puff pastry
- 600 g cream cheese
- 100 g butter
- 100 g of sugar
- Fruit and mint to decorate
- Place the number template on the puff pastry and cut out with a sharp knife. So that you later cut out each number twice.
- Place two numbers on a baking sheet, pierce several times with a fork and bake at 200 degrees for 7 minutes. Then place a baking sheet on the numbers and bake for another 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Let cool.
- Now prepare the cream: Mix the cream cheese, butter and sugar at high speed with the hand mixer and chill for 1 hour.
- Assemble the cake: Sprinkle the first few numbers with the cream cheese frosting. Spread fruit on top and place the last two numbers on top. Spread the remaining cream on top and decorate with fruit. Store the cake in a cool place until the numbers are served.
Prepare numbers of cakes without baking
For this recipe for number cakes, you don’t need to buy a number baking pan or be a baking expert. For those of you who are a bit clumsy with your hands, we recommend that you bake a sheet cake that has already been baked (for example “Danube waves” from the refrigerated display case in the supermarket) as the desired number and decorate it to your liking. Yes, sometimes it’s really that easy!
- 3 packs of frozen cakes of your choice
- 2 cups of cream
- 5 tbsp baking cocoa powder
- mixed berries
- various sweets and chocolate to decorate
- Place the sheet cake on a large rectangular plate. Make a number out of it when it is still frozen.
- Mix the cream with the cocoa powder and beat until stiff. Pour into a piping bag with a perforated spout and swab the cake completely.
- Decorate the finished cake with berries and a variety of chocolates to taste. Allow to thaw completely before decorating.
Faster cake numbers from cupcakes or muffins
This is definitely the easiest and fastest way of paying a cake! You don’t need a recipe for this – just order muffins or cupcakes from a bakery if you don’t have time to spend many hours in the kitchen and bake them yourself. Cupcakes are similar to the muffins we know, but their dough is softer and sweeter. They can be provided with frosting or a cream topping. Such a cake is a great alternative to a traditional birthday cake and is ideal for a child’s birthday – no cutting automatically means less messiness.