Simple doctor who cake

60 minutes - 12 servings 3of

I hardly ever bake cakes, this was my first proper cake. My sister's birthday was coming up, and my parents wanted to get her a themed cake. Of what you ask?

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed...

Something blue!

You guessed correctly, you wonderful nerd you! A tardis!

They asked for a quote from their favourite bakery, they do great work but were charging a too much for it. So my parents turned to me, and my cake-baking adventure began!

My sister loves lemon cake, that part is simple. Getting the cake to be tardis blue though, is another matter entirely. That colour is unnatural, those royal blue 'raw blueberry pinterest cakes' are complete bull (they really, really are). I had to use food colouring, it's not ideal but it was necessary to get that tardis blue. I went ahead and bought Wilton's royal blue and violet colouring to mix, to get it be that specific shade. Using royal blue alone would have made it go turquoise.

The cake noob that i am, I searched around and found a very awesome lemon cake recipe by Laura, author of The Green forks. I adapted her recipe, and it turned out perfect. I referenced her cake batter recipe, while the tofu lemon curd filling was inspired by Zena Chews. Couldn't have done it without their recipes, thanks girls.

I didn't want to make an overly sweet cake, so i decided to not add frosting. Opted for a 'powdered sugar-dusted' cake. Most Tardis cakes on the internet are made with fondant, and thusly taste like liquid unicorn. I don't have the tastebuds of a 5 years old, can't deal with that level of sweet. I have no interest in tasting the rainbow.

I wanted to make a minimalistic and simple lemon cake. Then came the image of the tardis drifting through space. That image was simple, evocative. So i cut out a tardis stencil and added powdered sugar! Voila! My sister had a vegan lemon birthday cake! This cake is a safe bet, even for non-vegans. Even my parents, who dislike tofu, really enjoyed it!

Ingredients

Cake


All purpose flour2 1/4 cupsSugar1 1/2 cupsBaking soda3/4 tspSea salt3/4 tspRoyal blue colouring1 tspViolet colouring1 dropWater1 1/2 cups, coldCanola oil3/4 cupVanilla extract1 tbspLemon juice3 tbspLemon zest1 tbspAll purpose flour2 1/4 cupsSugar1 1/2 cupsBaking soda3/4 tspSea salt3/4 tspRoyal blue colouring1 tspViolet colouring1 dropWater1 1/2 cups, coldCanola oil3/4 cupVanilla extract1 tbspLemon juice3 tbspLemon zest1 tbsp

Filling


Silken tofu1 cup, pureedCanola oil2 tbspLemon zest1 tbspMaple syrup3 tbspSea salt1/4 tspVanilla extract1/2 tspSilken tofu1 cup, pureedCanola oil2 tbspLemon zest1 tbspMaple syrup3 tbspSea salt1/4 tspVanilla extract1/2 tsp

Topping


Powdered sugar1/3 cupPowdered sugar1/3 cup

Instructions

Lemon curd

Puree 2 cups of silken tofu and mix with: 2 tbsp of canola oil, 1 tbsp of lemon zest, 3 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract Refrigerate for a few hours to give it time to thicken.

Tardis stencil

Print out the image in the corret dimensions for the cake, i used an image of the tardis that i found online.With a fine cutting tool cut out the shape, I didn't take a photo that had lettering, the detail is just too fine. Besides, there is enough information that will make it obvious that it's a tardis. Be sure to cut out the windows, that detail is key.

Cake

Pre-heat oven at 350F.Grease two 8" cake pans, set aside.In a bowl mix 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 3/4 tsp of baking soda and 3/4 tsp of salt.In a separate bowl, stir 1 1/2 cups of cold water with 3/4 cup of canola oil, 1 tbsp of vanilla extract, 3 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of lemon zest.Combine wet ingredients into the dry ones, mix well. Stir in 1 tsp of royal blue food colouring with 1 drop of violet food colouring.Pour cake batter into pans, at the 30 minute mark, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's ready! Otherwise bake for an additional 5 minutes.Let cool. Slice part of the curved top off of one of the cakes to even it out (and eat it, because you wont need it). Brush top of trimmed cake with a generous serving of the tofu lemon curd, place second cake layer over it and press down gently.Place tardis stencil over the cakeMake sure the top is completely dry, put some powdered sugar in a sifter or fine mesh strainer. Hold over the cake and gently shake it onto the cake until it's covered to your liking. Make sure to put enough around the stencil so the shapes comes out nicely.If you want, you can sprinkle a bit of turmeric to make a glowey area atop of the tardis. Or use something else that is yellow!

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