- Preheat the oven to 180 ºC (350 ºF).
- For the first cake recipe, butter two 20-cm (8-inch) square cake pans. For the second cake recipe, butter one 20-cm (8-inch) square cake pan and one 20 x 10-cm (8 x 4-inch) loaf pan.
- In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir in the previous mixture alternately with the milk.
- Pour into the pans. Bake in the middle position of the oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Unmould the cakes and let cool on wire racks.
- You get three square cakes, and a rectangular cake.
- In a bowl, beat all the ingredients until smooth.
- Spread frosting over the 3 squares cake. Layer them on a large platter. Cut the rectangular cake diagonally into two triangles that will form the sloped roof of the house. Spread frosting on the two highest sides and stick them together to form the middle of the roof.
- Frost the cake and decorate with candies, as desired.
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Great idea to chew on While on the candy theme, we used a fishbowl to create an edible aquarium with green Jell-O, fish, earthworms and starfish jelly. Depending on the size of the jar, you will need several boxes of Jell-O. Make the Jell-O in two steps. This will allow you to gently slide the candy at the bottom of the sea when it is set, but not yet firm. Prepare the aquarium the day before, but no more, because the candies tend to discolour. Boys loved the worms!