Tonight is the season finale of HBO’s The Watchmen!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this series with week-after-week surprise turns that I HAVE NOT seen coming.
Bravo to Damon Lindelof and the entire production team. This series is worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of the original graphic novel or movie.
Celebrating the Season Finale with Adrian Veidt’s Birthday Cake
I started the season off with a giant Watchmen smiley face cookie, so of course I need to end the season with another Watchmen-inspired treat.
And what would be more appropriate than a recipe inspired by Adrian Veidt’s yellow and purple birthday cake, as seen in the show.
Taking cues from the unique cake shape, I decided to whip up — and by whip up, I mean I made this earlier today! — a vanilla bundt cake with a yellow glaze and purple buttercream decorations.
What’s better than concluding the season finale with a piece of cake?
Adrian Veidt’s Yellow and Purple Birthday Cake from the Watchmen
What You Need:
FOR THE CAKE
- 3 sticks of butter (1 1/2 c.), room temperature
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 6 eggs
- 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 c. flour
- 3/4 c. milk
- Yellow food coloring
- Bundt cake pan
- Baking spray
FOR THE YELLOW GLAZE
- 2 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2-3 c. powdered sugar
- Yellow food coloring
FOR THE PURPLE BUTTERCREAM
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 c.), room temperature
- 1/2 lb. of powdered sugar (1/4 bag)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1-2 tbsp. milk
- Purple food coloring
- Icing bag
- Icing coupler
- Icing tips, medium round and star tip
BAKING THE CAKE
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Using a stand or hand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together, beating on medium speed until fluffy. Add the baking powder and salt, and mix well.
Combine three eggs to the mixture, then add 1/2 cup of flour and continue mixing. Repeat this process — adding an egg and 1/2 cup of flour — until all eggs have been added in (you will still have remaining flour).
Add the vanilla and milk, then incorporate the remaining flour and mix well.
Add yellow food coloring to achieve your desired hue.
Thoroughly cover your bundt cake pan in baking spray, then fill the pan 2/3 full with the batter (any more and the cake may spill over when baking).
Bake the cake in the pre-heated oven for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for ten minutes, then flip the pan upside down on top of a wire rack and let the cake fall out of the pan.
MAKING THE GLAZE
Combine the water, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Mix until smooth, then add yellow food coloring to your liking.
Once your cake has slightly cooled, but is still warm to touch, place it on your cake plate or stand.
Then, slowly pour the yellow glaze on top of the cake, letting it roll down the outside of the cake in drips.
MAKING THE BUTTERCREAM
Using a stand or hand mixer, first beat the softened butter (I let my stand mixer go for several minutes until the butter mixture is creamy). Then add the vanilla and a tablespoon or so of milk until blended and smooth. Slowly add your powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add an additional tablespoon of milk or so, if needed, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. Add purple food coloring and mix well to reach your desired hue.
Prepare an icing bag with your star tip. Place your colored icing in your prepared bag and then pipe a leaf-like design around the top edge of your cake.
Switch the tip on your icing bag to the medium round tip. Around the bottom edge of the cake, pipe circular icing drops to form an edge.
Next, pipe three drops of icing in a vertical row, and repeat around the edge of the cake.
Pipe drops of icing around the top perimeter of the cake.
And there you have it! Hopefully Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks would approve.
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!