Saturday, April 23, 2016

Game of Thrones Cake

Game of Thrones Cake

So, this is Game of Thrones season 6 final countdown. I am quite exited and ready. The current wife shares the feeling and last night she surprised me with a Dragon mold from Think Geek (they don't give me a commission...so you know). The following day, a rainy Friday, I was ready to bake my Game of Thrones cake. Obviously there are no recipes out there and I wanted a Dragon with the eggs cake, so i modified my Rum and Raisins cake (not published) and went crazy. I couldn't find a way to use icing sugar to paint the cake and I don't like fondant, so I use my well known creativity and decided to mix my colors with different liquors (I know...) and, after 2 hours of ice sugar painting this is what I got. 

I know as a fact that the Rum and Raisins cake is fantastic...all I added was the creativity and some more alcohol -why not-. I dedicate my cake to the Lannisters, my favorite family. They make me realize that I had a GREAT family...they make me feel good. First slice in honor of King Joffrey that makes my son look like an angel.



Game of Thrones Cake
Cooking Time: 120 Minutes   Makes 12 servings
Ingredients

225 g Room temperature Butter
4 Large eggs room temperature
1 Tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Vanilla
2 1/4 Cup sifted flour
3 Tsp Baking powder
1 Cup raisins *
1/2 Cup Run

* A day prior put the raisins on the rum, cover with plastic film so the raisins absorb the rum

Decoration

-Icing sugar as needed
-Grand Marnier
- Vasari Nero liquor
- Blue Curacao
-Red food coloring
-Blue food coloring
-Green food coloring

Mold
Think Geek's Dragon Mold 

Patience
...lots


Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F˚ and butter and flour the whole dragon mold

3. In a bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.

4. Using a mixer beat the butter (must be room temperature) until softened and add the sugar for about 4 minutes, until light and fluffy.

5. Add to the butter-sugar mix the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (if they are small use 5 eggs).

6. Beat in the vanilla and in three additions incorporate the flour mix and milk alternately. Mix well until combined. Now fold in the raisins with the rum. If the batter is too dry...and a bit more rum -little by little-

7. Pour the batter into the baking pan and get rid of the air bubbles by pounding it on the cooking table like crazy.

8. Bake for 50 or 60 minutes minutes (at 350 F˚) until golden brown and when we insert a
toothpick  and comes out clean. Because this is a thick cake most likely it will require more time than usual...don't worry...check every 10 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean (you don't want an under baked cake). If it takes 90 minutes, then so be it.

9. When the cake is ready, remove from the oven but keep it in the pan. Place the pan in a cooling rack.

10. Let it cool for an hour and remove from the pan.

Decoration

1. Using small bowls (I used 4) put a teaspoon of icing sugar on the first one and put about 8 drops of
red coloring and a bit of Grand Marnier...add the Grand Marnier as needed. We are looking for a semi-wet (not wet-wet) mix.

2. Mix the icing sugar with the red and the Grand Marnier until you get a smooth mix. Using a small paintbrush paint the dragon part trying not to touch anything else. At first it will look like nothing is happening. Don't worry. Repeat the same procedure until you see the dragon RED. I used two small bowls to get the texture right.

3. Clean the brush with cold water and repeat the procedure with the Green and some water. Do the first egg.

4. Then again clean and do the blue egg with the Curacao and the blue coloring.

5. Finally do the same with the green and the Vasari Nero...to get the dark egg.

6. Go back to your red and re-touch as needed and do some blue touches to enhance the Dragon's lines.

7. Allow it to cool for 3 hours and rectify if needed. I was "painting" my cake for almost 2 hours...it is worth while.

11. Turn on Game of Thrones... time for cake and whatever makes you happy. Enjoy!