So this time of the year has come again, where the boyfriend requests a ridiculous-never-heard-of-cake for his birthday. A mish mash of existing desserts combined into ones epic birthday cake. I tried and failed. HOWEVER, I decided to go my own way for his bday BBQ and created this! Best way to describe it was “tastes like maple syrup pancakes” and it sure does! 🙂
This cake took most of the day to make as there were different components to be put together.
2 egg whites
3-4 cups of icing sugar (more if needed)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp black food colouring
1 cup brown sugar
180 gr butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1cup of milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of toffee essence (not necessary but adds to the taste)
1 cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 cups chopped walnuts
Edible Fake blood effect-
1/2 maple syrup
3 tbsp corn flour
1-2 tbsp red food colouring (depending on how red you want it)
Firstly, make the House of Stark emblem. This will take you the most time as it needs to dry. I made about 10 of these in different ways and it took me forever. But I figured this: make the black stencil first, let that dry and THEN you cover it with white icing to peel it off easily avoiding any cracking or breaking or the emblem.
Whisk the egg whites for 1 minute and start adding the sugar, cream of tartar and the juice. It might take a while to reach the right consistency but you want it to be quite thick to avoid spilling it while tracing the design. If it’s too liquid add sugar if too stiff add very little water.
Divide the icing in two bowls of which one will remain white and the other will be colouring in black.
Pour the royal icing in two piping bags. Make sure the black one has a thin nozzle, the white doesn’t need one.
Take the print out of your design, I chose house Stark, and place parchment over it. Stop the parchment with some sticky tape so it doesn’t slip while stencilling it.
Wait for this to dry maybe a good 20 minutes and then roughly cover with the white icing. With the aid of a toothpick you can cover the gaps and even out of the base.
I tried it in different colouring, alternating white and black, ultimately the black with the white background was the best one!
Let that dry for the rest of the day. As suggested, make more than one, out of the 10 I made only 3 survived. 😦
Now you can start making the cake, EASY!
Turn oven on 180°. In a bowl, whisk sugar and butter until combined and add the eggs one of the time. Add flour and baking powder alternating with the milk. Add the toffee essence. Make sure all the ingredients are combined and fold in the chopped walnuts.
Now for this cake I used the Wilton 5 layer cake pans (thanks Mum!) or you could to old fashioned way, bake it and cut it or make a layer at the time. I greased the pan with spray oil and then divided the batter evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Take out and let cool completely.
When they have cooled down, with a serrated knife, cut the domes and the sides of the cake. With the cut offs I made cake pops which I will write about in the next posts 😛
Do this to all the layers then stack and try making them as even and equal as possible.
For the buttercream, place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined and soft. For the fake blood, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
By now the Stark wolf should be ready. Cut each piece of parchment so make the peeling easier. Place your hand flat on the design and start peeling DELICATELY from the wolf’s face. As I said loads of mine cracked. If they are still wet let them dry for longer.
Now put everything together!!!
I place the cake on wooden chopping board and started layering the cake. Base-Buttercream-walnuts and fake blood on the sides. Keep on like this till the last layer.
Now cover the last layer with buttercream and place the wolf in the middle, cover the bottom half with walnuts and leave space for the candles at the top and pour more blood on top.
And voilà! Taaaaaasty! Hope you guys manage to make this, if not with the wolf the cake is amazing! 🙂
Enjoy! Ciao for now xox