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Zelda Triforce Birthday Cake

This week was Agent D's 28th Birthday and i wanted to make him a birthday cake. Since he's Zelda daft i thought i would make a Triforce cake. And what a giggle we had!

Now, let me preface this by saying I'm not and have never claimed to be a great cake decorator. 

I can bake amongst the best of them and it always tastes amazing but when it comes to decorating, i tend to go basic.

When I've made Agent M's cakes in the past I've preferred to paint them using food colouring or work with icing in pipe bags. This time though i thought i would try my hand at ready to roll icing. Oh how hindsight is a great thing.

Although my cake didn't turn out how i had imagined, it was recognisable, Agent M and i had a great laugh making it and Agent D was beyond thrilled that we made his day as special as we could when he wasn't expecting anything.

The cake itself turned out delish and you can find the recipe below.

I do have some tips for working with ready to roll icing.

  • First off, if your going to use ready to roll icing for cake decorating you probably want to make sure its not the middle of summer and its roasting. Icing melts really quick. By the time i had the cake covered and the yellow gel added to the icing it was so soft and sticky i couldn't really mould it.
  • Popping it in the fridge helped a bit but it then started to crack which was really awkward to cover. I really couldn't find a happy middle ground. 
  • Icing sugar will help you when rolling the icing out. Dust the rolling pin in the sugar will stop it sticking but use it sparsely.

To make the cake you'll need
6oz Self Raising Flour
6oz Caster Sugar
6oz Margarine
3 large Eggs
2tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Chocolate chips
Ready to roll icing (i used a white 240g pack - With plenty left over)
Yellow Food Colouring/Gel

10oz Icing Sugar
5oz Unsalted butter (at room temp)
1tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 180c and grease 2 round cake tins.

Cream the margarine and caster sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time along with the vanilla and the gradually combine the flour.

Once mixed, pour half of the cake mix into one of the pre-greased pans and add the chocolate chips to the remaining mix. Pour the chocolate chip mix into the second pan and place both in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until browned on top and a skewer comes out clean.

When cooked, remove the cakes from the pans and leave on a wire rack to cool.

Next you will want to make the butter cream. Put the unsalted butter and vanilla into a bowl and gradually add the icing sugar, mixing constantly till its all combined.

Once the cakes are completely cooled, sandwich them together with a layer of butter cream. Spread the butter cream around both the cakes creating a "crumb coating". Make sure you have enough over the cakes as this will help the ready to roll icing stick to the cakes.

Roll out the RTR icing using a rolling pin dusted with icing sugar. you want it to be about 0.5cm thick. this will hold its for without being too overpowering when you bite into it.

I find its easier to show you rather than tell you at this point how to ice the cakes so i have found a short video that will help you.

After the cake is covered its time to decorate. 

I added yellow food gel to a little ball of icing and kept rolling and folding it till the whole ball was yellow.

I found the template of the Zelda design i wanted to make on pinterest and tried to replicate it with the icing.

It didn't turn out as i had hoped like i said but perhaps you might have better luck than i.