Lets celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with a Dalek cake. As a child watching the world famous sci-fi series, the Daleks were quite terrifying with their harsh electro war-cry ‘exterminate, exterminate’.
Over the past 50 years, Daleks have appeared in all seasons of Doctor Who, with a number of variations to their appearance and colour. This cake is modeled on the Supreme Council Dalek from 1973. Check out this website for other Dalek models and colour schemes.
Enough Wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff lets make the cake.
For this Dalek Cake you will need:
10 quantities of the rich chocolate cake recipe baked onto 12 trays 11″ x 15″ plus one bowl.
7 x my chocolate buttercream recipe made with orange juice instead of milk
3 x ganache recipe cooled in the fridge (add orange zest to cream as it boils and strain before pouring over the chocolate if you would like an orange flavor like I used.)
1 kg (2.2 pounds) brown fondant or modeling chocolate
20g (0.71 ounces) white fondant
750g (26.46 ounces) black fondant
silver luster dust
gold luster dust
2 lollipop or cake pop sticks
4 cake spikes
cake board for centre of cake (you can use cardboard and cover in alfoil)
mdf cake board for base (see cutting templates for indication of cake size)
piping tip for making rivet marks – you can use something else round in a similar size
pizza cutter for cutting fondant
palette knife and spatula for spreading chocolate and frosting
Step 1. Do ahead of time for your dalek cake.
Print and cut out cake cutting templates
Cut cardboard cake board to size of template d1
Make the fondant details for the dalek that can be made ahead, see video for detailed instructions on how to make them:
gold rectangles and square
housing front x2 and eye housing
eye with eye stalk and insulators
Make the chocoalte details that can be made ahead:56 sensor domes
protective armour pieces
Step 2: Making the Cake & Frosting
Bake your chocolate cake x 10 this will make twelve sheet cakes and one bowl. In the trays this cake takes 15 minutes to bake (swap top tray to bottom and bottom to top half way through cooking). My cake tray is 26cm (10.24 inches) (10.24 inches (26.01 centimetres)) x 39cm (15.35 inches) (15.35 inches (38.99 centimetres))
To make your frosting: Make the buttercream. Cool the ganache in the fridge until firm and then whip into the buttercream.
Step 3: Assembling Carving your doctor who dalek cake
Watch the video to see this demonstrated.
Lay out the template that gives a side view of the dalek so that you can follow which section we are doing.
DALEK SECTION A-B
Use the template labelled as A to cut out one of the tray cakes.
Place a smear of butter cream onto the cake board to hold the cake in place and then add your first layer.
Cover that first layer in frosting on the top and sides and that is the base of the dalek done.
DALEK SECTION B-C
The next section if you look at the cut out of the dalek, section B-C is where all the sensor globes are.
Cut around the template labelled B and add it to the cake, lining up the back of the cake with the back of the base and smother that with another layer of frosting and add another layer. You need to continue doing that until you get to the height of the b-c template.
Once you’ve got to that height you need to cut one more piece of cake in the of template c, add that to the top of the cake. Then carve this section of the cake, cutting in a straight line from c down to b.
DALEK SECTION C-D
Take three cake spikes and push them into your cake. And mark the height on each one. Remove them from the cake and cut them all to the match the length of the shortest one. By doing that you will make sure that the cake is level.
Put the spikes back in, add a little bit of frosting on your cake and then put your cake board in place, add a little bit more frosting and now the next layer of cake in the shape of template C.
Add more layers until you reach the height indicated by the template.
Then move on to template D1 cut more layers until you’ve added enough to make the height of piece d-e, this is the part where the rings go on the cake. Then put the circle template d2 on the top and carve down so that it has a slight outward slope. Get your chocolate rings out and check that they are going to fit if they are not quite fitting just trim a bit more cake off this section so that the circles will fit.
Decorate this part before we add the top of the cake otherwise the rings aren’t going to go on. To do that cover it in a thin layer of frosting. Then roll out some black fondant thinly and cut the top and the bottom of it in a straight line and wrap it around the ring section. You can use scissors to trim off any excess and a tiny bit of water on your finger to make the fondant stick to itself at the back.
Get your chocolate rings and dust with edible gold luster dust them with edible gold luster dust using a dry paintbrush. And then put them into place, use the one that has the bigger hole in the middle first and then the smaller one on top of that. Then use the back of a sharp knife to indent lines around the black fondant so it looks like the recording screens on the dalek.
Trim the head section that you baked in a bowl to match the shape on the template and then smother the whole thing in frosting. Roll out some brown fondant and drape it over top of the head. Gently smooth that down by just lifting and smoothing it and lifting and smoothing it to avoid any folds in the fondant.
Trim it with about 3cm (1.18 inches) or a bit more than an inch of extra frosting the whole way around. Then make cuts in the fondant but do not cut it right the way to the base or you will be able to see gaps in it. Turn the head upside down and tuck the fondant edges onto the base the whole way around. The cuts that you have made will make it easier to get this smooth.
Then add the head on top of your dalek checking that it is on straight.
Cover the rest of the dalek in a thin layer of butter cream. Try to get it as smooth as you can. Then clean up all the crumbs from the cake board and the bench and get ready to decorate the cake.
Step 4. Decorating your dalek cake
Roll out the brown fondant and then cut it in a straight line on two edges and then carefully wrap that around the whole base of the dalek just folding it over the curve. Roll out another strip of brown fondant, use your finger and just moisten the fondant and then add that strip over the top. Try and line up that bottom line so that it is nice and straight going around.
Lay out all of your chocolate pieces with the templates on top so you know which is which.
Starting with the two pieces that are labelled number one add them together at the front of the Dalek.
Then add pieces 2 through to 5 and then the back of the dalek.
Roll out some more brown fondant and trim it straight at the top and the bottom. Make it wider than you think you need and we can trim off the extra from the top in a minute.
Drape the fondant around the middle section trying to keep the base line of it straight. Then use scissors to trim the top leaving enough to poke it in and meet up with the black fondant that we have already got in place.
Using your template cut an extra strip of brown fondant and add it around the base of this section on both sides.
Add the housing for the blaster gun and manipulator arm.
Roll a small ball of black fondant and put it inside the housing.
Take the blast gun and then push the stick into the centre of the black fondant ball and then into the cake. After adding the blast gun you need to add on the fourth little prong that we have sticking out there. So just use a little bit of your paste that we made before using the black fondant and then that will just dry up and firm up while it is sitting there.
Roll another ball of black fondant, trim it and put in the housing for the manipulator arm. Now add the front piece to the housing and then the arm into place through the ball of black fondant and into the cake.
Add the gold square onto the centre of the cake and then add the short rectangles over the housing for the blast gun and the manipulator arm. Then our longer rectangles around each side of the cake.
Cut a piece of brown fondant to go in the front just below the gold square. And then use a tiny bit of water on the fondant on the cake to make it stick and gently put it into place.
Dust the sensor globes with gold luster dust and add to the cake.
Roll a small piece of white fondant into a cylinder and using a small amount of water put it into place on the cake. Then add the black cage that you made earlier over the top. support witha toothpick until dried then remove toothpick.
For the housing around the eye, join the top to the sides using a little bit of melted chocolate from your tray, let that set and then fix that into place in the centre or to one side of your cake depending which way you want the dalek to be looking. Roll a ball of black fondant cut the back off it and put it into place in the housing. Use a skewer to make a hole in the black fondant and then add the eye on a slight upwards angle.
Roll some brown fondant out and cut into a thin strip and place it along both sides of the housing and a piece across the top. Using a piping tip just gently press on each corner to make the rivet holes.
Step 5. Party Time
Well done you just made a dalek cake! DOn’t forget to take a photo, you can post it in the comments section below.
Special thanks Gary Wright of sketchbook media who filmed and edited this weeks video for me and made the cool intro.
Special edition for Dr Who Week, as seen on BBC America:
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