Hi, I am Audrey, Amy’s sister who does not cook as much as Amy does. This Easy Rubik’s Cube Cake did not start out with the intention of it being an Easy version of a Rubik’s Cube Cake. I had seen a couple of different versions of Rubik’s Cube Cakes on the internet and I decided that I really wanted to make one for my nephew’s birthday. He loves Rubik’s Cubes. He has several different versions of Rubik’s Cubes and is very proficient at solving all of them. Most of the versions that I saw on the internet used Fondant and I did not want to use Fondant. I saw some that a Pastry Chef named Cedric Grolet had made that I really liked and decided that I wanted to do something more like what he had done (although not nearly as fancy). If you want to go fancy, you should check out some of the cakes that he has done. They look amazing. I must warn you though, he does not have a version of an Easy Rubik’s Cube Cake.
I started out baking a cake that was 1 1/2″ deep and I cut it into 1 1/2″ square pieces (I was originally planning to have 1 1/2″ squares). When I tried to frost the cake pieces, they just crumbled. I was trying to think of something that I could use that would stay together when I frosted it and I decided that maybe I could make brownies work and frost them, but I could not get them to cook evenly when they were deep enough. I’ll tell you that at this point there was no such thing as an Easy Rubik’s Cube Cake! I finally decided at 2:00 am that I needed to go to bed. (This was the day before my nephew’s birthday, or I guess that actually it was 2:00 am on his birthday by then). Of course I layed in bed and tried to think of what I could use. The Little Debbie cakes came to mind, but I didn’t know what their size was. The next morning when I got up, I went to the grocery store with a tape measure in hand. I opened a box of Little Debbie cakes and measured the cakes. When I found out that they were 1″ high and 2″ wide by 2″ deep, I bought 6 boxes (each box has 10 cakes in it) and went home to make my masterpiece!
The process of frosting 2 cakes together and then frosting each square with the chosen color actually went quite smoothly, and I called my sister to tell her that I had figured something out and would be down later (she lives an hour away) with my nephew’s birthday cake. I had spoken with her about a half hour before (actually while I was at the grocery store) and told her how discouraged I was with the cake, so meanwhile she had hurried and started a different cake for my nephew’s birthday (birthday cakes are kind of a big deal in our family). He eventually ended up with 2 birthday cakes, and this is how my Easy Rubik’s Cube Cake recipe came to fruition!
- 54 Little Debbie creme filled cakes (1" X 2") (you can use any flavor that you can find that are 1" X 2"; I used both the White and the Red Velvet)
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup butter
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1½ tsps. vanilla
- 5 cups confectioners sugar
- 5 Tbsps. milk
- Cut three 8" X 8" pieces of something Black that is strong enough to hold the cake. (I ended up using 3/16" foam board, but am looking for some kind of Black Plastic that could be washed and reused in the future).
- Remove the cellophane from the Little Debbie creme filled cakes.
- Cream butter and shortening with electric mixer.
- Add vanilla and salt.
- Gradually add in sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed.
- Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
- Add milk and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.
- Divide frosting into 6 equal parts.
- Leave one of the frosting parts white; add red, green, blue, yellow, and orange (you can mix red and yellow to make orange if you don't have orange) to each of the other 5 frosting parts.
- Keep frosting covered with a damp cloth until you're ready to decorate.
- Take 2 of the Little Debbie cakes and place some frosting on the bottom (flat side) of each.
- Place the bottoms together so they form a square, then frost the top and 4 sides with the same color of frosting that you used to adhere the cakes together.
- Repeat this step for a total of 4 times for 3 of the colors and 5 times for the 3 other colors.
- Place 9 of the squares on the bottom foam board with a small space in between each cake square, arranging the squares by your choice of color, and forming 1 large square.
- Place the second 8" X 8" foam board on top of the cake squares aligning it with the bottom foam board.
- Place 9 of the squares on the middle foam board with a small space in between each cake square, arranging the squares by your choice of color, and forming 1 large square.
- Place the third 8" X 8" foam board on top of the cake squares aligning it with the bottom foam board.
- Place 9 of the squares on the top foam board with a small space in between each cake square, arranging the squares by your choice of color, and forming 1 large square.
- Serve one square per person, or if you want to cut them, they will have 3 layers of cream and frosting inside (2 Little Debbie creme layers and the frosting layer that you used to adhere the 2 cakes together).