How to make an anti gravity lolly cake

My baby boy has just turned two and my brief for a cake was lots of lollies. Let’s face it, lollies and icing are the main parts of the cake kids want. I’d seen a few “anti-gravity” cakes around on the internets and thought that would add a fun twist. The idea is the cake looks like it is defying gravity by featuring lollies spilling down onto the top of the cake seemingly from mid air.

The gravity defying lolly cake.

Of course the lollies don’t really appear from mid air, the secret is a bendy straw with some lollies stuck to it using melted chocolate. The great thing is this looks quite spectacular but is relatively easy to make. I used smarties as the lolly of choice but M&Ms would work as well, then chocolate finger biscuits around the outside and I used a basic chocolate cake recipe for the cake itself.  

A bendy straw is the secret behind getting the lollies to look like they are falling out.
Gravity defying lolly cake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
675 calories
90 g
71 g
34 g
7 g
13 g
171 g
300 g
61 g
1 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 675
Calories from Fat 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g
Saturated Fat 13g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 71mg
Sodium 300mg
Total Carbohydrates 90g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 61g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 150ml vegetable oil
  2. 200g plain flour
  3. 8 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  6. 280g brown sugar
  7. 200ml buttermilk
  8. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 2 eggs
Icing and decoration
  1. 3 packs of chocolate finger biscuits
  2. 3 packets of smarties (keep one box for decoration)
  3. 100g milk chocolate
  4. 200g butter, softened
  5. 400g icing sugar
  6. 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  7. 2 tbsp milk
  8. 1 bendy straw
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180c and grease two round cake tins and line them with baking paper.
  2. 2. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl (or electric mixer) add the oil, milk and egg and mix. Then carefully mix the with the dry ingredients. Pour evenly into the two tins and bake the cakes in the oven for 25-30 mins or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
  4. 4. To make the icing melt the chocolate (I do it in the microwave in short bursts but you can do it over boiling water in a heat proof bowl). Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and icing sugar, add all the melted chocolate except for a few spoonfuls, cocoa and milk and mix.
  5. 5. Use the icing to sandwich the two cakes together and then cover the outside in icing as well. Arrange the chocolate finger biscuits around the outside and then insert a bendy straw in the middle.
  6. 6. Use the leftover melted chocolate and spread where the straw meets the cake and then stick smarties on the icing. Working slowly letting the chocolate dry a little work your way up the straw sticking on smarties until the straw is covered. Use the rest of the smarties to cover the top of the cake and place the smartie packet on the top of the straw.
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