Husband of Food had a birthday this weekend. He wanted to have a few friends over for a day of playing board games. Inspired by friend of friend of food, I made a Settlers of Catan cake. Settlers is a popular German game which we have often played at game day.
Here is an image of the cake with some of the playing tiles that make up the board. Click on it for a larger image. Each "tile" is made from a single cupcake frosted to resemble the hexagons from the game, wood, sheep, wheat, ore, brick, and one desert cupcake.
The actual cake inside was a lemon cake and the frosting lemon butter cream, colored with different mixes of food coloring. The recipe came from Amy Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence under Lemon Cake for Lino. Knowing Sedaris' dry sense of humor, I feared that I might be the victim of some silliness in the recipe, but I found it to be no joke, the cake was deliciously for real.
As you may be able to tell, I sort of flew by the seat of my pants with this cake. I was rushed by the need to frost it all in secret while Husband of Food was sleeping in. Here is a close up of the "Game Board."
Those in attendance who were geeky enough knew what it was soon after the candles were blown out on the cake.
My husband ate a brick and a wood tile, he says he was working towards "longest road".