225g/8oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature 225g/8oz caster sugar
4 medium eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
225g/8oz self raising flour
milk, to loosen
Ice Cream Cones
Step 1: Preporation
In a large group, sit around a table and begin to brainstorm ideas for a Social Digital Banquet. This can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. As the discussion and ideas begin to heat up, ensure you have pen and paper ready to take note of them in the form of a spider diagram. Once you feel you have enough ideas, you can begin to discuss them in your group, developing them further. After this, it is a good idea to decide on the group’s favourite concept as this recipe will take several days to fully complete.
Step 2: Prototype
Step 3: Cake Cooking
2. Grease and line 2 x 18cm/7in cake tins with baking paper.
3. Cream the butter and the sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.
4. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.
5. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little extra milk if necessary, to create a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
6. Divide the mixture between the cake tins and gently spread out with a spatula.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
8. Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin and peel off the paper. Place onto a wire rack.
9. Sandwich the cakes together with jam, lemon curd or whipped cream and berries or just enjoy on its own.
Step 4: Castle Construction
Once you have baked enough cake for the size of your castle, now all you have to do is simply begin to construct the castle to your design. First, allow the cake to cool, and then cut it up into cake building blocks. Make sure they are of a size that will allow for the castle to stand, but also let the walls fall when struck by objects. For the castle walls, lay the first layer of the construction, butter icing the top of each block. Continue this process, adding more levels on top of each other until you have reached the desired height for your castle.
Step 5: Catapult Construction
Step 6: Final Touches
Now that you have fully constructed your castle and base, it’s time to give them a touch of much needed flair! Why not add some jelly babies to serve as edible guards for your castle? You can also construct a drawbridge made out of wafers with rope made out of strawberry laces as a tasty way of crossing the castle’s moat. For the moat you will need to create some jelly and allow it to set over night over night. Once set, cut the jelly into blocks big enough to fill the built-in moat in the base for the cake.
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