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As suggested by my friend Mike, I made a Chamelion Arch Fob Watch as seen in 3 of my most favourite New Who episodes Human Nature, Family of Blood, and Utopia.
I’d just like to point out at this point that Gallifreyan writing is bloody hard to do with icing! Where’s River Song when you need her, eh? 😉
And if you need a comparison:
Don’t think I did too bad a job…….in fact I can’t bear to eat it, tis still in the cupbaord. I hope it doesn’t stay there as long as the little Hartnell, Pertwee, and McGann gingerbread men (from my first ever DW baking session) that have lived in the kitchen with a little vamilla biscuit me since February! (Jeeeez I am a dork!)
Since I make Doctor Who cakes and there was the birthday of a certain Time Lord on the 23rd November I thought it would be appropriate to make some sort of cake.
Wasn’t sure how I could encompass all 47 years, but ended up going with dividing the cake up into 12 sections and assigning a section to each Doctor with one left over, which I used for the number 47. Each Doc is represented by part of his costume (9’s is a bit boring I’m afraid…).
Anywys here’s how it turned out:
In preparation for promming on Saturday I’ve been making some of my famous (LOL) gingerbread Doctors. Got ever so slightly bored with the repetitiveness of the icicng them so decided to do a few companions instead……
The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane (wearing her VERY fetching outfit from Hand of Fear, you know, cos its hillarious)
(I know, I know, I cannot believe I made a gingerbread Adric either, but think of it this way: He gets to die all over again when I eat him! 😛 )
(C’Rizz is an audio companion of the Eighth Doctor, this is a pretty poor represntation of what he’s meant to look like. For a better one see: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/C%27rizz )
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances Crew
The Eleventh Hour gang, complete with Raggedy Doctor and Policewoman Amy 🙂
And this is in no way a companion, but I’ve been baking all day and have gone a little loopy and there were a few spare ginerbread men…
This week I made a TARDIS cake for my cousin for his 11th birthday. I’ve been debating whether to post it here for a couple of days because I’m not overally happy with it (it all went a little bit Pete Tong) and there are much better examples out there, but I’ve had some lovely feedback from people on twitter so I figured what the hell.
Also if you’re attempting to make your own TARDIS cake after seeing this then I guess it will help you to avoid the mistakes that I made.
So here’s the final product, I dressed the cake up with a Gallifrey background and little gingerbread Doctors to a) finish it off nicely and b) distract from the fat TARDIS 😛
For those of you interested in how I made it:
- I baked a normal sponge cake in a square tin, cut it in half and placed one half on top of the other using cream and jam to join them (i.e. a Victoria sponge)
- I then placed the cake in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This makes the cake easier to cut and shape when making a cake like this.
- When taken out of the freezer I turned the cake on its end (so the layers were vertical instead of hortizontal on a normal cake) and levelled it out, cutting it into a oblong, TARDIS like shape.
- I then coloured some fondant icing and cut out the shape of the TARDIS and stuck it to the cake with cream. Use a little water to go over joins in the icing.
- Using another sponge cake I had baked and frozen for 20 mins I cut out the top section of the TARDIS and wrapped it in blue fondant icing and placed it on top – this is where the cake decided it would buckle and from there on out it was a bit of a struggle to keep the thing standing.
- There are 2 main reasons I’m guessing that the cake collapsed. 1) the cake was freshly baked. I would suggest baking the cake at least a day before building up the cake and icing it. 2) I used vertical layers. I would suggest using thin, horizontal layers to avoid this.
- In the end I took off the top of the cake and reinforced the base with straws (these are better to use that wooden splints/skewers, especially if the cake is for a child).
- When I fixed it as much as I could (and after much stressing and swearing, I might add) I decorated the rest of the TARDIS using coloured fondant icing for the details (the sign, the light etc) and stuck them on with water. I finished it off by writing the signs and drawing the window details with icing pens.
Well, I hope that helps! If you do have any questions about how I made the cake/decorated it you can comment on this post and I’ll reply or alternatively you can say hello on twitter ( @Nelle_Macbeth)
P.S Massive thanks goes out to Ingrid who gave me all her fondant icing and colouring materials and also helped me to save the cake from being a complete disaster and refused to let me give up. Thank yoooooou!!!! xxx
Here’s @eryka_ with a little Matt Smith:
And here’s Prakash with a little Sylvester McCoy:
Glad you guys enjoyed the gingerbread Doctors….now what do I make for the next event? 😛
Update: I saw that there were a few people being linked to this website via the Gallifrey Base foum so I took a look and there were pictures and comments. Its all kinda weird for me to be honest, but nice to know that people appreciated the effort and liked them.
Here is the recipe for the gingerbread Doctors I made along with close up pictures of the original batch.
350g plain flour
175g light brown sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger
4 tblsp golden syrup
I’m not so great at doing things step by step, I’m far to impatient for that, so I bung it all in a bow at once and mix it with my hands. Once you’ve got a nice dough, roll out it out so its roughly half a centimere thick and use a cookie cutter.
Bake for about 15 mins at Gas mark 5 (I think that’s about 190 degrees Celsius), check after 10 minutes.
All that’s left is to decorate them! But be warned spending 10 hours doing it can cause repetitive strain injury!!
So for the close ups of The Doctors:
For those of you who are wondering where Cushing, Shalka Doctor, Fatal Curse Doctors etc are I only do canonical gingerbread 😛
These were only my first attempt. For an updated version of them (in particular Colin Baker – complete with stripy cuffs, polka-dot scarf, and cat broach) see the previous post The Eleventh Hour Launch Party, London.
Yesterday saw the launch of Series 5 / 31 / 1 / Fnarg of Doctor Who and the introduction of Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor. There was a specail launch event in London, which I managed to get tickets for.
My recent discovery that I could make gingerbread and ice them like the different incarnations of The Doctor led me to make 6 little versions of each Doctor. That’s 66 gingerbread men in total. I’m surprised my hands didn’t drop off! It took me about 10 hours to bake and ice them all and here are the results:
They seemed to go pretty well and I managed to get rid of them all! Even the event organiser said they were good and Toby Hadoke (http://www.tobyhadoke.com/) took one, although he said he couldn’t eat it because he was on a diet! Katy Manning was at the event, but I was too much of a wimp to offer her a gingerbread Pertwee! 😛
As well as the gingerbread Doctors I also took along The Cupcakes of Rassilon (see previous post )
I wasn’t the only one to take baked goods along to the Launch Party. We met up with @DoktorWatson who had made a brilliant army of Dalek biscuits:
If anyone has any more pics of them with the gingerbread at the event send me a link and I’ll post it. (I’m @Nelle_Macbeth on twitter).
I have found one tweet already from someone I didn’t know saying:
“Someone at the #doctorwho do last night made gingerbread Doctors. I love her.”
So, yeah that’s about it. Just trying to work out how we can top that at the next event!
Next time we’ll charge I think……