I know from both my god daughters and Ed’s nephew and niece that small children can be both demanding and exacting when it come to cakes. For his 6th birthday F was insistent he had wolf cakes, two years before he had insisted on an Easy Jet cake. My good friend Sarah did not get off that lightly when Ted asked for a Google cake for his last birthday.
To celebrate the release of Justin & the Knights of Valour which is out on DVD/Blu-ray from 3rd February, I was asked to come up with some ideas for a castle cake or knightly food. In support of all of those who need to make cakes for demanding exacting children everywhere, I came up with this very very simple, but effective no bake castle cake. Anyone can make this cake and even young children will be able to help assemble it.
The cake also does not need cutting and easily breaks down into bite sized pieces, perfect for little hands and tums. Given its “blocky” construction I think it would double up as a rather effective Minecraft themed cake.
To minimise waste you need to use a straight sided baking tray to mould the crispie mix. You can get creative with sticking sprinkles to the cake, or leave it as it is. To make it more fun add a few Lego or Playmobile figures to guard the castle.
By substituting a non diary spread this cake is easily adapted to be vegan – egg free, dairy free and with the GF rice crispies can also be gluten free. Please double check all ingredients on the packaging if catering for anyone with allergies and take care to prevent cross contamination.
- 3 oz / 80g butter or non diary spread.
- 3 tbs golden syrup
- 3 tbs cocoa powder
- 3 tbs white granulated sugar
- 5 cups of puffed rice cereal
- 1 tube of writing icing
Place the butter, syrup, cocoa powder and sugar into a saucepan and melt over a low heat.
Place the rice cereal into a large bowl, pour the melted chocolate mix over and gently fold in with a spatula until all the cereal is coated.
Line a 6? x 10? (or 8? x 8?) straight sided baking tray with lightly oiled cling film, pour in the chocolate crispie mix and press down firmly. Leave to set for a couple of hours.
Once set turn the cake out, peel off the cling film and using a sharp knife cut into 1? squares.
Using a dab of icing to stick the pieces together and to a base to build up the front wall of the castle – I built mine on a slate cheeseboard – once the front is finished use extra blocks to build side walls.
Once finished place your castle on a “moat” of blue fabric, sprinkled with blue sprinkles. Add flags to the castle, and a drawbridge made of lolly sticks.
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For some more Castle and Knightly ideas check out
Katie’s Green Dragon Ice Cream Shake
Michelle’s Knight’s Shield Pizzas
Sarah’s Knight’s of Valour Cupcakes