The challenge was to bake something that would stand out among all the gamer goodness. The solution? Carcassonne cupcakes.
The catch? The Games Hub logo is a meeple. Carcassonne also needs meeple. For this baking mission to be complete some edible meeple had be made.
This was a fairly complex job but here’s a quick rundown of the steps needed. The image above shows the initial plan and then the results. Skip down to the bottom to see some pictures of the process.
- Buy some safe putty such as Gedo Siligum Silicone Moulding paste
- Use an actual Carcassonne meeple to make the mould. Treat the meeple carefully and don’t loose him.
- Repeat this process; you’ll want at least 20 meeple moulds
- Make some jelly, buy a lot of different colours and you may find that 1 tablespoon of water per cube is about right
- Gently free the jelly meeple from the mould
- You’ll want to pop the meeple in a container holding some cornflower, give it a brief and careful shake before brushing off the excess cornflower
- Make the cupcakes (the internet is full of cupcake recipes)
- Carve your Carcassonne design shapes into a sheet of royal icing
- Apply food dye carefully
- Ice your cupcakes (piping bags and other useful baking tools are your friend)
- Decorate the cakes, consider adding some meeples to the cakes too
- Leave time for adding extra fine details; you’ll probably want to make last minute adjustments
Cupcake Carcassonne or as the gamers of the Edinburgh Games Hub named it – cakeassonne.