Holiday weekends call for a focus on the festive and the fun, something World of WarCrafts is uniquely qualified to deliver. How can you beat WoW cakes and WoW costumes? Actually, you'll have to wait until next week for the costumes - but they're real humdingers, including behind-the-scenes construction notes and photos of award winners from this year's Blizzcon. In the meantime, let's get an eyeful - and a taste, too, because we've got recipes! - of some of truly spectacular WoW cakes.
First up: a Gnomeregan cake sent in by reader James, created by his girlfriend Charlie especially for his birthday. "She's really pulled out the stops and done a cracking job on my party, and everyone loved the cake," he wrote. We couldn't agree more - oh, sorry, didn't mean to stick a finger in the wrench there ... Let's just lick that off before we type a bit more ... Mmm ...
Join us after the break for the Gnomeregan Cake recipe plus a Cake Wrecks look at WoW cakes.
Make your own version
Here's the recipe for Jame's Gnomeregan Birthday Cake, in the words of Charlie the baker herself: "It's a basic chocolate Victoria sponge cake recipe with added white choc chunks and a bar of dark chocolate grated in, plus three grated carrots and a mashed banana (to help towards five-a-day, and to make it extra gooey). I used whole-meal, self-raising flour, too, so its virtually a health food! ;-) You could use any sponge recipe you liked for the middle bit.
"Filling was a small pot of double cream, heated in microwave with a big bar of dark chocolate stirred and melted into it. Leave to cool, and then whisk to a mousse-y consistency.
"Icing was basic shop-bought, ready-to-roll icing coloured and covered in copious amounts of edible glitter. I covered the sides in black icing, the top in purple icing. The wrenches are greyish-brown icing (coloured with cocoa). I used purple glitter and black food colouring for the fabric effect, and for contrast I used a silver dusting powder. The gold parts were yellowish icing covered in gold and bronze glitter. The 'rivets' are Milky Way Magic Stars dusted with gold edible glitter."
Such decadence ... We think Aimee needs to order daily deliveries of these to her stall in Dalaran. If you try the recipe, let us know in the comments how it goes. You can also try an old standard, the Delicious Chocolate Cake from our Well Fed Buff feature (now part of this World of WarCrafts column).
Cake Wrecks features WoW cakes
Before we return you to your regularly scheduled holiday WoWathon (you are merely taking a break from a Warcraft extravaganza, aren't you?), do hop over to Cake Wrecks to take a look at the simply spectacular World of Warcraft cakes they've featured there this weekend. In recognition of this weekend's Dragon*Con, they've devoted an entire post to WoW cakes. We can't believe people would actually eat these works of art. Take a look for yourself at Cake Wrecks.