Slab Cake


Sure, tiered and tall cakes are very pretty and for a special occasion are necessary, but what about when you want to make something that can be easily cut and shared, Or when you want to have a lot of toppings so that people aren’t fighting over who gets what, Well, that’s where a slab cake comes in, large and thin with plenty of room to put on top whatever you want and when you’re dividing it up you don’t have to worry about it falling over or excusing yourself for using fingers.


To make the base you’ll need 8 egg whites, 500gm caster sugar, 20gm corn flour, a little lemon juice and vanilla extract.

First, preheat the oven and then line the biggest baking tray that you have! Whisk the egg whites until they start getting stiff and then add the sugar bit by bit while beating in between. Add the other ingredients and stir together. Pour it into the tray and make it uneven so that the toppings will not roll off. Cook at 100C for around 45 minutes and then leave it to set for a few hours more.


The ingredients for this one are 4 eggs, 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup flour, 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 2tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup bicarb soda and 1/2 tsp salt.

As with the Pavlova recipe, you’ll need to preheat the oven and line the tray/pan first. In a saucepan melt the butter and then turn it off and add the vanilla, sugar and eggs. Then the remaining ingredients and beat well. Pour into the pan (again try to make it have some dips) and bake for around 25 minutes, checking to make sure it doesn’t burn.


Now you have the bases it’s time to think about what’s best to put on top. The traditional whipped cream and fruit for sure will taste great with both, with passionfruit juice for the pav. Also for the pavlova why not swap in some sweetened Greek yoghurt and wild berries. For chocolate lover’s a great idea is to have whipped cream and grate your favourite chocolate bar or biscuit over the top (such as peppermint crisps, snickers or picnic bars).

Specifically for the brownie ice it with chocolate icing and top with mums, crumbled Oreos or cut up Kit Kats.

Finally, grilled peaches or pears will taste wonderful with crème Fraiche (mixed with a little vanilla extract and cardamom) and coated in caramel.

To make your cakes look pretty you could get edible flowers, or top with some petals or little flowers you find around the garden (be sure to let people know what’s ok to eat or take them off before serving). If this is for a kid’s party then treat it as a craft project and buy a variety of cake toppings and decorations (mini marshmallows, sprinkles, fairy toppings, wafer flowers, silver cachous, chocolate stars and writing icing) so they can go crazy making whatever comes into their imagination.


Do you have another idea for what you could put on top of a slab cake, Share your comments below.

Kimberly Powell
Kimberly Powell

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.