Pouring Milk Gravity Defying Illusion Cake

There’s nothing like a delicious bowl of cinnamon-y Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the morning. It’s how many of us start and enjoy the morning. Today, I’m partnering with Cinnamon Toast Crunch to bring you a recipe that takes the cereal to new heights! This is my Pouring Milk Gravity Defying Illusion Cake! If you LOVE illusion cakes check out my M&Ms Rainbow Cake and my Skittles Rainbow Cake.

For this recipe, you’ll need cinnamon frosting, and cinnamon cake batter. You can find that recipe here. I think what really sells the pouring milk illusion are the small splashes in the bowl. You can make that with small pieces of fondant. Another way to really sell that illusion is to put cotton balls in the empty milk carton so that it doesn’t look deflated.


  1. Preheat a moderate oven (175C/350F).
  2. Spray nonstick spray to the inside of the silicone bowl. Scoop your cake mix into the silicone bowl.
  3. Bake in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove your cake from the oven and set it on a cooling rack to cool. Then, clean and dry your silicone bowl.
  5. Pour half of your melted red candy melts into your silicone bowl. Use your spatula to run the candy melts evenly up the sides of the bowl.  Set it to the fridge to set. Once set, add another layer of candy melts, and transfer back to the fridge to set. Save a little bit of red candy melts for later.

    magic cake bowl
  6. Use a serrated edge knife to trim and carve up your cake. Remove any crispy or dark edges from the outside.  Then, cut your cake horizontally in half. Set aside.

    cake cut
  7. Remove the chocolate from the silicone mold. Peel the mold away from the top edges, then roll it down the sides until the chocolate pops out.
  8. Smear some of your leftover red candy melts onto your cake board. Then, place your candy melt bowl right on top.
  9. Spoon in a few tablespoons of buttercream frosting to the inside of the bowl.  Use a spatula to run the frosting up the sides of the bowl.

    frosting cereal
  10. Place 2 flower wires inside the balloon stick. Trim off any excess from the top.

    lollipop sticks
  11. Scoop out of a circle of buttercream frosting from the bowl. Then, place a spoonful of melted candy melts where that frosting was. Place the balloon stick with the circle base facing the candy melts.
  12. Transfer to the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set.
  13. Once set, take the bowl out of the fridge. Then, take the bottom half of your cake, and stick it directly through the balloon stick. Nestle it in the bottom of the bowl.
  14. Smear buttercream frosting so that it covers the entire surface of that bottom piece of cake.
  15. Slide the next layer of cake through the balloon stick and place it over the bottom layer of cake.

    cake stack cereal
  16. Coat  that top surface and around the edges with a layer of buttercream frosting.
  17. Once frosted, layer cinnamon toast crunch around the edge of your cake. Leave some room around the balloon stick for your illusion.

    cereal bowl
  18. Roll out a sausage shape of fondant. Then, press the balloon stick through your fondant. The fondant should cover the entire stick. Then, use your fingers to drag your thumbs down the fondant to add texture to make it look like gushing milk.
  19. Take a small section of fondant and make a small disk. Then, pull out the sides so that it looks like a paint splatter. Cut that in half with a knife. Then, make an indentation in the center. Place one half on one side of the fondant, and place another on the other side. Tuck cinnamon toast crunch under the disk.

    cereal final
  20. Roll out a few tear drop shape pieces of white fondant. Place one on each seam where the disk was cut in half, and scatter others around the top of the cereal.
  21. Stuff your milk container with cotton balls.
  22. Place the milk carton on the stick of fondant. Place it at an angle.
  23. Place a spoon into the side of the bowl.

    final cereal cake spin

I craaaave those crazy squares! YUM! 

-For the printable recipe click here: http://bit.ly/2gUEv3l

What You’ll Need:  

  • Red candy melts (a whole bag)
  • 2 cups (approx) Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • Cinnamon frosting and cinnamon cake batter (recipe)
  • Non stick spray
  • Water
  • 100g white fondant

  • Silicone or soft-flex pudding bowl
  • Cake board (I used fabric to cover mine)
  • Cotton wool balls
  • 2 x 18 gauge flower wires
  • 1 x plastic balloon stick
  • Serrated edge knife
  • Spoon
  • Butter knife
  • Small spoon
  • Paintbrush
  • Empty and clean milk carton
  • Cooling rack

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