For your next birthday, why not try making this chalkboard cake inspired by the popular chalk paint? The end result is an elegant black chalkboard-like cake that actually lets you write on top of the icing like a real chalkboard.

Making this chalk paint-inspired cake is actually surprisingly easy. The trick is in using the darkest black fondant you can find and smoothing it seamlessly over a baked cake of your choice. Then, cover the cake in a second layer and third of the same black fondant to ensure the fondant is completely opaque. To write on the cake, you can make chalk candy using sugar and candy melts that are molded into stick-like shapes. You can use these chalk-inspired candies to write directly on top of the black fondant and customize what your chalk paint-inspired cake says.