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    We Made Woolies Mud Cakes Look Fucking Fancy

    Just when you thought they couldn't get any better.

    The classic Woolworths mud cake holds a very special place in the heart of most, if not all, Australians.

    If you grew up in Australia, there's a bloody high chance a Woolies mud cake made at least one of your childhood birthday parties more memorable than the rest. This supermarket staple has also saved a lot of parents from Women's Weekly-inspired cake disasters. But the magic of the Woolies mud isn't wavering. It's still here to help the next generation of adults.

    For those with high standards (thanks to Instagram), and a generally terrible baking skill set (thanks to easy access to pre-packaged everything), these simple hacks will help you make glorious works of dessert art, without ever actually touching the oven.

    1. Every Chocolate Mud Cake

    Fit for Instagram, this choc-topped creation basically involves the whole damn chocolate aisle.


    3 Woolworths chocolate mud cakes

    2 tubs Betty Crocker vanilla frosting

    2 tbsp. cocoa powder

    Your favourite chocolate confectionary, to decorate. (We used Maltesers, Kit Kat, wafer biscuits, Oreos, Lindt dark chocolate, Tim Tams, Kinder Surprise, and a Freddo Frog.)


    Sift cocoa powder and mix it through the vanilla icing, to create a light brown shade.

    Stack the three cakes on top of each other with a thin layer of icing between each. This layer will stick the cakes together.

    Using a palette knife, spread a thin layer of icing all over the outside of your cake tower. It's fine if this first layer is a little messy. Place cake in the fridge and leave for an hour.

    Apply another layer of icing to the cake, this time keeping the finish as smooth as possible. Transfer your cake to a serving plate or stand and add chocolate and biscuits to decorate.

    2. Rainbow Vanilla Mud Cake

    The cake equivalent of fairy bread, this colourful tower will brighten up any birthday.


    3 Woolworths white mud cakes

    2 tubs Betty Crocker vanilla frosting



    After stacking the three cakes, with a layer of icing between each layer, use a palette knife to cover the cake tower in a thin layer of icing.

    Place the cake in the fridge for an hour before applying a second, smoother layer of icing. While this layer is still soft add sprinkles wherever you like!

    Bonus tip: Make this easy cake topper with wooden skewers, hot glue, and letters from your local craft shop or nearest Typo.

    3. Nutella Ferrero Mud Cake

    Perfect for anyone who's ~nuts~ about nuts, this cake will definitely satisfy your Nutella craving for a while.


    3 Woolworths chocolate mud cakes

    1 large jar of Nutella

    1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

    9 Ferrero Rocher


    Stack the three cakes on top of each other with a thin layer of Nutella between each. Next, apply a thin layer of Nutella around the edge of the stack. Place the cake tower in the fridge for an hour before applying another layer of Nutella.

    Finally, add chopped hazelnuts and Ferrero Rocher as you please. Use Nutella to ~glue~ the chocolates on top of the nut layer.

    4. Salted Caramel Popcorn Cake

    This photogenic popcorn cake makes use of the very under-appreciated Woolies caramel mud cake.


    3 Woolworths caramel mud cakes

    1 tub Betty Crocker vanilla frosting

    1 medium-sized can of caramel

    1/2 tsp fine sea salt flakes

    Caramel popcorn



    Empty your icing into a large bowl and whisk in salt and 3 tablespoons of caramel. Next, stack the three cakes on top of each other, with a thin layer of your icing mixture in between. Place cake and leftover icing in fridge for an hour to set.

    Add another thin layer of caramel icing before adding popcorn and honeycomb. Drizzle the toppings with warm gooey caramel and return to the fridge until serving. Warning: The icing on this cake melts fast.

    5. Pistachio & Berries Naked Cake

    This cake may be naked but what it lacks in icing it makes up for in fresh berries and mascarpone cream. Plus, it's trendy AF.


    3 Woolworths white mud cakes

    1 250g tub of mascarpone

    1/2 cup thickened cream

    1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts

    Fresh berries


    Remove the paper lining from your cakes and smooth the rippled edges with a knife. Also gently remove the icing layer. Whip together the mascarpone and cream until soft peaks form. Next, stack the three cakes with a layer of this mixture between each.

    Apply a thick layer of the mascarpone cream to the top of the cake and add chopped pistachios and berries.