Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Blue Velvet Dr. Who Tardis Cake

I can take no credit for this cake recipe at all, as it is an original by Lorraine Not Quite Nigella herself.  But I did spiff it up for a recent Dr. Who themed night by turning it into a Tardis cake - well, sort of.  You can see I am not really a cake decorator, but at least it was blue!  Here is the link to her recipe which is well worth making.  

yep definitely blue

I have never had much luck with red velvet cakes in the past, either bought or made so I was really chuffed that this one was so darn delicious - very moist and chocolatey. Thanks Lorraine:=)

whisking cake flour, cocoa powder, bicarb and salt   

melting chocolate and cream together in the microwave   

creaming the butter and sugar then eggs together  

adding blue and black food gel to the buttermilk, vanilla and chocolate  

add this to the batter in 2 lots  

and watch it go a murky, curdled green   

add the flour mix in 3 lots 

Stir gently and pour/spoon into 2 x 20cm lined baking tins.  Bake for an hour and 5 @ 130C or until your skewer comes out clean. Mine took closer to 1 hour and 15-20 minutes.  (Remember that slow oven of mine whose door doesn't shut and that doesn't have much rubber strip left around the edges?)

I know folks, it looks like doggy doo or puréed kelp   

out of the oven looking quite...indescribable   

Lorraine suggests putting them in the freezer once they are completely cold if you wish to decorate them on the same day.  Yep I put mine in the freezer for a while.   It makes it so much easier to slice them in half thru their little middles.  You will end up with 4 thin, soft layers of scrumptious chocolate cake.

Now make the icing which is cream cheese and butter beaten together till smooth. Sifted icing sugar goes in next.  Vanilla, lemon juice and more colouring is sploshed in. Yay, this time I actually got it fairly blue, not dead dog green.

cream cheese and butter ready for beating 

see, it is blue:=) - after the icing sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and colouring are in 

thick and blue, glorious blue

grab your palette knife and smooth away  

my Tardis impression

After making and decorating this cake, and making Tardis/Dalek chocolates and setting up the school hall for this event, I was shattered and just thought, to heck with it!  This is as far as I go, Tardis-wise.  And it went down a treat.

Me and Mr P. in our Dr. Who gear 

look at that moist gooey cake 

Sorry about the cruddy, night-time shot.  All that matters is the delicious, moist texture and taste.  I have forgiven the red velvet cake for being a sod to make and eat, and now will worship the blue velvet cake forever:=)  


  1. Oh I love this cake, it's very cute and the color - albeit unusual - is very appetizing :)

  2. Awww I'm so thrilled by your cake Sherry!!! I'm so glad that you loved the blue velvet cake and what a great idea making it for a Doctor Who party!! And I find some colourings a bit crazy-why do some things turn out blue and other things green? I can see from your slice pic how moist and delicious it was. Great job!!

    1. it was very well received lorraine by everyone. it tasted so wonderfully moist and deliciously chocolatey. I don't know what happened with my colourings. it just got greener and greener instead of bluer:) at least the icing was blue.

  3. P.S. Do you mind if I share your post on my facebook page? x

  4. Blue Velvet... I think you've started a trend!

    1. there is a lovely ring to blue velvet somehow isn't there? thank goodness Lorraine devised this delish cake. I can only claim the Tardis bit as my humble own.


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