1Bake and cool two 20-cm round cakes using basic butter cake recipe. Trim tops of cakes to level.
2Spread top of one cake with 1 tbsp buttercream. Using a 2.5-cm round cutter, cut a round in remaining cake for the palette thumb hole, as shown. Place on top of other cake and, using a small sharp knife, trim one side of complete cake to create palette shape as shown.
3Reserve ½ cup buttercream. Spread top and side of cake, and the inside of the thumb hole, with remaining buttercream, smoothing with a palette knife. Divide buttercream into three bowls. Tint using blue, green and yellow colouring. Dollop on top of cake, then smear as shown.
4Use licorice strap to outline top and base edges of cake and thumb hole as shown.
TIP: If you are feeling creative, feel free to create your own palette designs with the tinted buttercream. You can even incorporate your favourite colours!
Photo: Rob Shaw/Bauer