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Channeling St George and the dragon…

Boy, am I absolutely knackered (lol)!!! Baking a cake can take alot out of you but this one was an absolute dragon beast. It turns out that despite there being three of us, making a cake with three distinct layers, frosting and decorations was not going to be easy. The things you do for friends, eh?

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Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

We decided to surprise one of our mates with a homemade birthday cake inspired by the classic British Victoria sponge but with some additional elements, taking inspiration from St George’s day-a celebration of the patron saint of England.

We made it using the traditional method of creaming the butter and sugar, added well-beaten eggs and then our dry ingredients (all purpose flour, baking powder etc). Now I must warn you that this can be quite time consuming, but in my opinion produces a more airy and fluffy cake. And to be honest you don’t really notice the time passing by when you have your favourite beats up at full blast or you’re nattering away about something with the girls.

Cooking and baking is fun, but the idea is that it can be made that more enjoyable, and I feel that this could be of great help for those for whom find stuff like this awfully boring (but hopefully my blog will change your minds though). The tip is to find what works for you, if that means baking cupcakes with the kids or doing a bring-and-share with the extended family, do it!

But, I digress. Back to St George…

For anyone out there who is not familiar with St George and the 1000 year old medieval tale it goes that:

“There was a dragon who made it’s nest by the fresh water spring near the town of Silene in Libya. When people came to collect water, they inadvertently disturbed the dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction.

After time, there were simply no sheep left to offer the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to choose a maiden from the town by drawing lots. When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter Cleolinda was offered to the dragon.

However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted and drew his sword, protecting himself with the sign of the cross. He fought the dragon on foot and managed to slay the beast and saved the princess.”

st-george

Thankfully all our efforts were not in vain and the cake came out aesthetically beautiful and more importantly tasted scrumptious. We received some rave reviews from those that had some so we were chuffed.

Here’s the recipe:

Cake batter 

(We used the same cake recipe I posted in March 2015 but just repeated it three times for the three layers https://amusebouchecostanza.wordpress.com/2015/03/)

Lemon cream cheese frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing sugar, to taste

Allow the cakes to cool. Beat the cream cheese, lemon juice, butter, lemon rind, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add icing sugar in 2 additions. Beat until creamy. Add more icing sugar or juice as needed for easy spreading between each layer.

Decorations

120g White chocolate

5 Strawberries (equal size)

1 tsp Milk chocolate sprinkles

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a sauce pan of water, being careful not let any water in contact with the chocolate. Then spoon onto the centre of the top cake, spreading evening to a diameter of about 6 inches. Place 5 strawberries in a star formation on top of the white chocolate. Lightly sprinkle the milk chocolate shavings.

Stunning!

cake 1

cake 2

cake 4
Light and fluffy texture
cake 3
Looks shop bought!

Thanks for stopping by x

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