I have a friend (or several, actually) who is a huge Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire fan. When her birthday was approaching and I started planning out her birthday cake, I was pretty sure I’d do something GoT related. Maybe something simple, like a house crest of one of her favourite houses.
Oh, I suppose I should add: Spoiler alert!
But then someone said, “the Red Wedding would make an interesting theme for a cake!” I was intrigued. How could you encapsulate such a gruesome, horrible situation into a cake? And then it came to me – well, it was a wedding. So I started with that. I made a little wedding cake (3 tiers are 8″/6″/4″, chocolate cake with super rich chocolate fudge icing, at birthday girl’s request). I threw on some beaded borders and some roses and rosebuds. Pretty!
Just an innocent wedding cake…
And then I went all House Frey on that wedding cake. Greywind got the same treatment as in the book/movie, except this time he was to be mounted on a cake instead of his dear Robb.
Assembly of “Greywind” cake topper
Then the blood. I did some experimenting with different fake, edible “blood” recipes for something that was pretty realistic. I ended up combining agave nectar (like corn syrup), red gel food colouring, a little bit of chocolate syrup (to make it darker), and some piping gel to thicken it up slightly.
I waited until we were at the party and just about to bring it out to do the drizzling and add the topper. I finished it off with some flaming red candles, and boom! Red Wedding Cake.
Finished Red Wedding Cake
It was well received with lots of “Eww”s and “Ahhh!”s. 🙂 I think my favourite, unexpected moment, was when the birthday girl removed the topper:
The stakes were there just for support, I swear!
So we dug in and enjoyed the delicious taste of betrayal, which I personally think is a dish best served with vanilla ice cream.