Ok - so this involved some playing around.... with a couple of new mould designs (due for release in March), a sponge cake recipe and then the cakes themselves.
Well - with small castle cakes, playing with the actual cakes became irresistible and simply had to be done ! From the minute I saw these, I was intent on making a cake to be played with and destroyed. Yes.... like most kids I was told not to play with my food, and have often found myself saying the same to Oliver. For once however, playing with food was actually encouraged !
The cake recipe should fill a large bundt / tube ring form. I used it to make 6 x round turret style cakes (like the one above) and 4 x more typical castle style ones that you can see further below. Each cake was probably plenty for 2 > 3 people to share and we had plenty fun reducing a few to crumbs.
It's lovely and moist and a rather delicate sponge. It could stand up well to some glace icing or buttercream perhaps. It managed to stand up to some rigorous play and destruction ! The saffron didn't do much. I hoped it would add another little twist of interest and perhaps a good injection of colour - but I don't think I used enough of it for that. I'll give you the recipe as I used it - but this cake was more about the annihalation !
1.1/2 cups of sugar (my cup was 250ml volume)
4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp lemon extract
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 cup of plain yogurt
pinch of saffron infused in a tablespoon of boiling water
1 tsp of salt
3 cups of self raising flour
Crack eggs and separate yolks and whites.
Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Alternately add 1/3 of sifted self raising flour, yogurt and egg whites until all incorporated. Add lemon juice, lemon extract and the saffron strands plus liquid they have infused in.
Grease and flour a large bundt ring mould (or two small castle / turret moulds) with a hard fat such as butter and tap out any excess flour. Put on a baking tray for support.
Small castle cakes baked at 170deg C Fan (about 190deg C normal) for approx 30 mins.
Allow to cool until just warm before carefully turning out.
Let your battle commence !
The two new moulds for these round turret and castle cakes will be available around the end of March.
Sarah-Jane Nash, www.siliconemmoulds.com - January, 2012