Sudoku Puzzle & Pencil Cake

by Helen Hermanstein
(London, UK)

Sudoku Birthday Cake

Sudoku Birthday Cake

Sudoku Birthday Cake
Close up Of The Pencil

My husband is a Sudoku fanatic - literally. It helps him switch off from the manic pace of his publishing work. I made this cake for his birthday this month (Feb 11) and he absolutely loved it.


It is a fruit cake recipe (his favourite) and the design is a selection of Sudoku puzzles, from easy to diabolical to downright extremely impossible - with a pencil to complete the puzzles!

The Fruit Cake


It is a 6" round cake made with (UK measures) 8oz mixed dried vine fruit, dried apricots & dried cranberries (soaked in brandy for at least 1 week). The cake was baked on a low temperature for 2 hrs, which results in a deliciously moist fruit cake. I covered the cake in marzipan then topped it with white sugarpaste icing.

The Sudoku Puzzles


The Sudoku puzzles were produced with the banners of the magazines that my husband's publishing company produces - he was so surprised when I presented him with the cake. The puzzles were printed onto icing sheets, cut out and placed in a circle on top of the cake, raising them slightly to give a 3D look.

How I Made The Sugarpaste Pencil


The pencil was made by rolling some light brown sugarpaste onto a wooden BBQ skewer, making a 'point' at one end to represent the pencil tip. I then covered this with thinly rolled out red sugarpaste and smoothed it over make it look like a pencil. I allowed some of the light brown sugarpaste to be exposed at both ends to represent the eraser and the pencil tip. I painted the 'lead' on the pencil tip with black colour paste and dusted a little brown colour dusting powder on the eraser to make it look 'used. I then rolled out a small strip of white sugarpaste and placed this just below the 'eraser' and marked it with the tip of a toothpick and painted it silver with some silver dusting powder mixed with clear alcohol.

Voila - and there you have a Sudoku and Pencil Cake!!

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Feb 10, 2011
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Well Done!
by: Lorelie

Wow Helen,

Amazing cake!!! The details on the pencil are incredible. The cake is so well done. It sounds so delicious too. Thank you for entering the contest.

Good Luck!

Feb 10, 2011
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GREAT!
by: Brianne Duncan

I love doing Sudoku! This cake is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing! *Your details are great!

Feb 22, 2011
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Wow
by: Anonymous

I really like this cake....the detail is amazing!!! I am very impressed!! What a great wife you must be!

Feb 22, 2011
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Awesome
by: Anonymous

What a fantastic, original cake!!! Congratulations, very well thought out and the detail is amazing!! I am impressed.

Feb 22, 2011
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Brilliant
by: Mr B

I am Not a Sudoku fan but my partner is and I think the cake is absolutly brilliant. It has so much fantastic detailing well done.

Feb 22, 2011
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Wow! Puzzle Mania
by: Judith

Great cake. I'm into Sudoku at the moment and would have to resist the urge to complete the puzzles before eating the cake!!

Mar 12, 2011
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Nice
by: Aubs

This cakes looks great Helen, I can't wait for you to do my cake.. yummmmmmmmmmmmy!!

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