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Winter is here! The greatest show in television history returns in less than a week, and what better way to celebrate than with a cake?
This Fire and Blood cake is dedicated to the true Queen, my Khaleesi, and the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. Dany is definitely my FAVOURITE character on Game of Thrones, so much so that I even dressed up as her last halloween.
I know, I’m adorable, and my wig is atrocious. Now let’s talk about my dragons’ birthday cake.
For the frosting, I used a mixture of black and red frosting, classic Targaryen colours, of course. For the super black frosting, I made a basic chocolate buttercream and dyed it black using black gel food colouring. I recommend using Americolor or Sugarflair to achieve that extra black colour. I’ve used an entire bottle of Wilton black food colouring before and my frosting was nowhere near as dark as this, and it also gave the frosting a horrible taste.
So using a good quality black gel food colouring will allow you to get that nice black colour without needing to use too much. Another thing, food colouring tends to darken after a while, so I recommend adding a little bit at first, then waiting a while before deciding on whether or not you should add more.
I also used BLACK cocoa powder. You can use regular dutch-process or unsweetened cocoa powder if you want, but you will need to use even more food colouring to dye the frosting, which will affect the taste. I prefer to use black cocoa powder because the darker the chocolate buttercream, the easier it will be to get the perfect shade of black.
To add to the Targaryen theme, I also made red velvet buttercream! I called it red velvet because I used a little bit of cocoa powder in the buttercream, then dyed it red. Pretty much like a red velvet cake. Again, I used Americolor red gel food colouring, but you could probably get away with using any brand since the shade of red in the frosting isn’t as difficult to achieve as the black. The same rules apply where you add a little at a time, wait a few minutes, then add more as necessary.
Creating the watercolour effect on the cake is super easy. After you frost your cake in a final coat of black frosting, add random dots of red all over the cake. Then using a straight cake spatula or an icing smoother, hold it up to the side of the cake and smooth out the frosting while turning your turntable. This will cause the red frosting to smudge and blend with the black, creating a cool effect.
Of course, you can’t have a Targaryen cake without fire, so I covered half of the cake with it. Candy fire that is, not real fire, please don’t burn your cake.
The fire shards are extremely simple to make, all you need are a few bags of red, yellow and orange hard candies. Just crush them into fine crumbs using a food processor or a ziplock bag and a hammer. Then pour them onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the candy melts. There are 2 ways to do this, which I explain better in the recipe. I find the method of just letting all the candy melt together and breaking them apart is easier however.
So, I’ve talked about the fire, now let’s talk about the “blood”. For the bloody drip I made a simple white chocolate ganache and dyed it red to make it look like blood. To get the drip effect, I poured the ganache into a disposable piping bag and snipped off a small corner. Then I held the bag above the edge of the cake and let the bloody ganache drip down the sides.
Moving on to the inside of the cake. Surprise, surprise! Red and black cake layers! The red cake layers are obviously red velvet cake, and the black velvet cake layers are a basic chocolate cake, except I used the same black cocoa powder I used for the frosting to give the cake that extra dark black colour without the use of food colouring.
I baked the cake layers in 7-inch round cake pans so that cake could be tall and gorgeous, like I am. But feel free to bake the cake layers in 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans, you will probably need to double the recipe to get the same amount of layers and also adjust the baking times.
For the cake filling, I decided to use my Homemade Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce because not only is it delicious, but it’s also a nice shade of blood red. THEMED! You can use fresh or frozen fruit, whatever tickles your fancy. You can also keep the seeds and solid bits of raspberries and strawberries if you prefer. I only discarded them to make the filling appear more like blood.
This cake just makes my Targaryen heart happy and I hope I’ve made Dany and my fellow Game of Thrones lovers proud. Now let’s grab a slice of cake and watch the true Queen take her rightful place on the iron throne.
Comment: Who is your favourite Game of Thrones character and who would you like yo see sit on the iron throne?
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Let’s get baking! •For the glass fire shards, make sure to stick the sharpest end into the cake so it will stay in place.
Glass Fire Shards:
Red Velvet Cake Layers:
Black Velvet Cake Layers:
Red Velvet Buttercream:
Super Black Chocolate Buttercream:
Bloody White Chocolate Ganache Drip:
For the Strawberry-Raspberry Filling:
For the Glass Fire Shards:
For the Red Velvet Cake Layers:
For the Black Velvet Cake Layers:
For the Red Velvet Buttercream:
For the Super Black Chocolate Buttercream:
For the Bloody Drip:
Assembly of the Fire and Blood Cake:
•Cake is best served on the same day, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
•For the glass fire shards, make sure to stick the sharpest end into the cake so it will stay in place.
Love, Dedra ❤️