I should've put this up AGES ago...but I forgot. So here's the Viking Cake recipe I made for my flatmate's Leaving Do (he emigrated to Norway, hence the theme)...
for the cake:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
1/2 cup plus 2tbsp veg oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp lemon juice (taken from kittee's website)
for the filling:
for the fudge icing:
2 oz marg
3 tbsp water
7oz icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (taken from Ronny's Cake Scoffer
(apologies for the combination of metric and imperial and US measurements..that's sort of what I used because I used a combination of US and UK recipes (plus my own random ones).
1) Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5
2) Grease and line two baking tins. To get the ship shape I used one bread tin (rectangular and fairly tall) and put the leftover mixture in a circular cake tin I normally use for baking.
3) Sieve together all the dry ingredients.
4) Stir in all the wet ingredients! And it's that simple really! Try some of the mixture if you like too :P
5) Divide between the two tins (it rises quite a lot, so no need to fill them to the top)...pay more attention on how much you put in the rectangular tin though, as it needs to have lots of mix in to get a decent sized boat shape!
6) Bake in oven - this cake normally takes 40 minutes, but is likely to take longer because of the different tin shapes. The rectangular one took about an hour and a half (but check after an hour), the round one took the normal length of time.
7) After they've cooled, slice off the risen rounded top from the bread tin cake (so it makes a flat base) then turn out the cake onto one of those silver bases you can buy for special cakes (made out of card and covered in tin foil stuff.
8) Make filling out of icing sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 heaped dsp vegan margarine and finish it off with a little soy milk to get a consistency that's meldable enough to spread but fairly stiff so it won't leak out of the sides.
9) Now, here's the difficult bit...I'm going to separate this into what I did (which was wrong) and what I should've done. It was the first time I'd made a cake like this so it was sort of a process of trial and error!! What I did: I carefully sliced the cake in half lengthways, so I could sandwich it together with filling (which I did: a layer of the creamy stuff topped with blueberries). Then I cut one end of the cake into a point, to look like the prow of a ship.
The problem being, that having a layer of filling between the two halves of the prow shape made it a bit unstable so it kept collapsing (I eventually fixed it with shitloads of icing etc, but it was still was a bit problematic). What I should've done I should've chopped one end off the rectangle off before I sliced the thing in half horizontally, the end could've been made into a triangle shape, while the rest of the cake could have been sliced horizonally and filled. The triangle could then have been stuck onto the end of the main cake body with lots of frosting. If enough icing is used it *should* stick onto the end of the cake, without being weak in it's middle.
10) Using the other round cake, slice strips of chocolate cake and stick them to the top of the boat to look like its sides.
11) Stick in the mast, rigging and sail (made out of string, ricepaper, foodcolouring and a chopstick!).
12) Cover the whole thing in Chocolate fudge frosting. TIP: take a cup of boiling water, and dip your knife into it after spreading each bit of frosting, as it'll make the next bit of frosting easier to spread and the whole process much less messy!
13) Before the frosting has hardened, stick the 'shields'* onto the sides of the ship, about three or four on each side. Also add a sign saying 'the angry pirate' (fnar fnar).
14) Add Viking gold (crumble cinder toffee - like the stuff on the inside of crunchie bars, I got mine from and olde fashionede sweete shoppe type place) to the back of the boat and strategically place Viking play mobile figures about the place.
15) Make the 'sea' out of icing sugar, water and blue food colouring (again make it runny enough to spread, but hard enough not to be too runny!
16) Using a piping tube and the leftover white filling pipe a wake around the sides of the ship.
Yeah...this photo's particularly gash, it looked better in real life, honestly!
*The shields could be made out of anything, but I made them out of biscuits I did a couple of days in advance (just by mixing together 100g plain flour, 50g demerara sugar, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 1tsp baking powder...er...I think that's about it....anyway...by mixing that lot together and squishing into a dough, which is then rolled out, cut into cookie shapes and baked on gas mark 5 for about 15 minutes) and iced with green and blue icing.
And that's about it!