Savvy tips for pulling together a sweet showstopper birthday cake for less

JUSTIN Bieber celebrated his birthday this week – no doubt with a huge cake worthy of the star.

But you don’t need the budget of a celeb to pull together a sweet showstopper centrepiece.

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MAKE IT COUNT: A birthday cake in the shape of a number has wow factor and can be adapted to suit almost anyone.

You will need a cake board to serve your creation — The Range has different sizes starting from £1.49.

Then use Swiss rolls to mould the shape of the number needed.

Aldi sells raspberry jam or chocolate rolls for £1.05 each.

The number eight can be a little tricky — break up the roll where needed and use a knife to curve out the edges.

Slather thick buttercream icing over your Swiss roll. It’s easy enough to make frosting by beating together icing sugar and butter at a ratio of two to one. Or a tub of Sainsbury’s ready-made vanilla icing is £1.60.

Finish by decorating the numbers. For kids’ cakes, chocolate buttons and hundreds and thousands work, or Hobbycraft sells edible glitter at £2.50 a pot.

PIMP YOUR CAKE: Decorating your own cake is an easy way to impress for less.

Find a large plain cake to suit your taste and party size.

Sainsbury’s Seriously Chocolate Cake, £12.50, serves 20. Or for a bigger crowd Asda’s celebration fruit cake, £19, serves 34.

You can create a personalised edible cake topper with a photo and text of your choice from around £5 on both Etsy and Amazon.

Or spell out your own personal message with edible letters. Try Dr Oetker white chocolate letters and numbers, £2.85, from Sainsbury’s.

Large personalised pop-out cake toppers look glamourous and cost around £2.50 from eBay.

Or for a child’s cake, add little toy figures suited to your theme.

For example, small dinosaurs look great on top of a cake.

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