This was for my brother-in-law’s surprise 40th. This started as two sheet cakes baked according to recipe directions. I traced out the 4 and 0 on plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper and cut the numbers out. Lay the numbers over the paper and using a serrated knife carve the cake to make the number. Frost the cake with your favorite frosting recipe. You will see that I didn’t frost inside the numbers. I wish I had but since the cake was cut it was very hard to frost the cut cake without causing it to break apart. I am sure there is a trick but I was running out of time. I bought four or five bags of M&M’s to get enough green and blue. I have no idea why I felt this should be only two colors but I was regretting my choice as I was sorting through the M&M’s. It came out pretty cool but buying the M&M’s by the pound at the candy store will make life much easier. Good news is that we made lots of M&M cookies with the left over candy! If you are going with stripes begin with a row in the center of both cakes to start the straight line. If you are as picky as me you can use a ruler wrapped in plastic wrap to keep your lines nice and straight. It will be more difficult as you round the corners but overall it will be neater.
The Big 40