Donkey Kong’s Cake – Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

A cake fit for a gorilla!

A cake fit for a gorilla!


Nintendo recently unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming game “Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze” featuring DK and the gang having an apetastic party being crashed by a flock of chilly enemies. Whats wrong with bad guys nowadays anyway? They don’t even have the common decency to let a gorilla enjoy his banana topped cake. I’ve always been a fan of DK and his chimp sidekick Diddy, with Donkey Kong Country being one of my top five favorite games ever. It has been and always will to such a thrill to play, no matter how many times I’ve played it. And in my honest opinion this new entry looks stunning, I personally cannot wait to get my hands on it, especially if its anything like Country.

Going back to the trailer, a glorious banana topped cake is displayed front and center, waiting for DK to blow it’s candle out. Unfortunately for this dexterous gorilla he couldn’t enjoy his cake. However, I recreated the same cake and DK is welcome ’round to share some with us!

Our time together was short and sweet.

Our time together was short and sweet.

Fun Fact: The fourth world in the first Land game is in fact the city that the very first Donkey Kong took place in, the one where the original Kong held Pauline hostage on top of a skyscraper.

Banana Cake:
125 g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons hot milk
2 cups plain baking flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly.Stir soda into hot milk and add to creamed mixture.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Stir into creamed mixture until combined.

Divide into two greased and lined 20 cm round cake tins.Bake at 180°C for 50 minutes or until cakes springs back when lightly touched. Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cakes can be filled with whipped cream and sliced bananas.

K-O-N-G

K-O-N-G

Banana Icing:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon banana milkshake powder

Directions:

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes. Finally stir in the banana milkshake powder, add more if desired.

Optional:
I covered the cake with a royal icing that I dyed brown, and topped with sprinkles and DK letters. It was almost too sweet, so if you do attempt to make this cake, be advised for future cavities.

Fun Fact: “Jungle Fantasy”, the Japanese OST for the original DKC, contained seven arranged songs, all exclusive to the soundtrack. The OST was eventually released in Amercia as “DK Jamz”, though out of all the arrangements, it only contained Jungle Groove, leaving out the other six songs.

DIFFICULTY: THREE MOOGLES
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Fallout 3 – Fancy Lad Snack Cakes

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Fallout seems to be one of those game franchises you either love or hate, the Marmite of gaming, if you will. With rumors currently running rampant about the probable announcement of Fallout 4 I remember the old style charm and wit it so often summoned in its quirky post apocalyptic world. That’s what makes Fallout such a great game, the sheer size and vastness of the wasteland, along with the massive quest list you can complete (or not) and all in what would have been a brilliant retro 50’s era.

Another reason Fallout is such a great series is its countless nods to pop culture. It can be seen in many places in the game, and one of those places are in its food items. Fancy Lad Snack Cakes, a clear take on Hostess Snack Cakes, not only makes mention of such an iconic American brand, but also pokes fun at the dubiously long shelf life of the things. I mean, do they ever really expire?

So very fancy.

So very fancy.

Anyway, here is my take on what Fancy Lad Snack Cakes would possibly look like. There is never a clear picture of them, possibly out of fear Bethesda might be sued. However, it isn’t hard to imagine that they would look like Hostess cupcakes, with a bit of a twist: I made them in a round disc-like shape with a cursive “fl” on top instead of loop-de-loops. After all, you have to keep these cakes fancy.

Fun Fact: “The Plunger Room of Death” is a small area unmarked on the Pip-Boy world map. It is located South of the Chryslus Building, and East of Farragut West Metro Station. The entrance is a door underneath an intact bridge. Inside are dozens of toilet plungers and bloody hand prints on the walls.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cakes
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Tastier than a Stimpak.

Tastier than a Stimpak.

Chocolate Cakes:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly oil a pudding tin and set aside.

In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder. Let cool to room temperature.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth. This will be slightly runny, don’t panic.

Fill each depression about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 – 20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cakes have completely cooled, frost with icing. You can either spread the frosting on the cake with a small spatula or if piping, fill cakes will white cream or custard then cover with chocolate frosting. Finally a simple milk + icing sugar frosting is piped on top to create the FL logo.

Chocolate Frosting:
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat until incorporated.

Makes about 24 cakes.

Fun fact: Wastelanders’ favorite cereal, Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs, or also known simply as “Sugar Bombs”, are shaped like miniature nukes.

DIFFICULTY: TWO MOOGLES
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Super Mario 64 – Mario’s Cake

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Is there anything that says “I love you” more than making someone a Mario themed birthday cake? I think not. I mean, I personally could solely receive a huge cake for my birthday nowadays and be completely excited about it. This week, however, was my husband’s birthday, and I wanted to make it something special with a unique cake.

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

Princess Peach is also a firm believer of the phrase “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”, constantly baking Mario cakes upon her rescue. It’s funny to think the entirety of Super Mario 64 starts upon the promise of cake, with Mario receiving this letter from Peach:

What a tease.

What a tease.

Unfortunately for Mario, this begins an insane quest to rescue Princess Peach and receive said cake. Thankfully for my husband, this cake requires no princess to be rescued, nor Koopas to be stomped, in order to relish in its deliciousness.

I’ll include the really easy cake and frosting recipe I use when I’m making a white cake, it’s super yummy and can even be used for cupcakes!

Fun Fact: Many fans of Super Mario 64 are convinced that Luigi is hidden inside the game somewhere, citing numerous, in-depth attempts to find him. However, Nintendo themselves have gone on record saying they didn’t include Luigi because they needed more room for levels.

White Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 (113g) cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

White Frosting

Fondant Peach - beautiful AND delicious

Fondant Peach – beautiful AND delicious

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes.

I used a few things to assemble the cake. First I used a buttercream icing to smooth out the bases and fill in the gaps between the top and bottom layer. I then poured the white icing over the top of the cake to give it a similar effect to Peaches original cake. And finally, I sculpted the figures of Mario, Peach and the Star with my own two hands. Then I waited to serve before piping whipped cream and adding the fruit. It took me, in total, about 3 days as I’m a very busy Boo.

Fun Fact: Princess Peach doesn’t do too badly for herself either, she’s featured in more video games than any other female character in gaming history since her debut in 1985.


DIFFICULTY: 4 AND A HALF MOOGLES
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