Geeky Good Eats: Make a Dalek Cake with “Dork Fork”
by A Real Person on August 31, 2012
On the Nerdist Channel, we’ve brought you shows about movies, bowling, elf-costume wearing and even magic. But we know you’re hungry for more, so we’re here to whet your appetite for our new cooking show Dork Fork. Hosted by comedians Andie Bolt and Harrison Brown, this superfan smorgasbord which debuts Saturday will make your food more fanboy- or fangirl-tastic than you can possibly imagine. Here’s Andie to tell us more:
Nerdist: What is Dork Fork?
Andie Bolt: A themed comedy cooking show where every episode revolves around a different TV show or movie. Dork Fork is the first show to merge fandom with food, and I host with one of my best friends, comedian Harrison Brown: we’re just a couple of nerds who love dressing up in costumes and food!
Each episode has an appetizer, cocktail, main dish and a dessert; all real recipes that can be found on our blog after each episode that you can make at home with you and your friends for your own themed viewing parties. For the main dish we always “dish” with a special Dork Fork guest who is either involved with the show we are using as a theme or is a huge fan; for instance, our Doctor Who episode features Alton Brown, ’cause he’s a giant Whovian (check out Brown gettin’ down on a recent Nerdist podcast).
AB: Aw, man, so many! Recently, I would have loved to have done the season premiere of Breaking Bad – could have made some blue rock candy inside of a Winnebago’s kitchen! I actually made rock candy for the first time when I was a kid after I saw Beakman do it on Beakman’s World… Miss that guy. Anything TMNT, I’m game for. Oh! Game of Thrones! So much mead and meat! Although I’d probably have to get topless for that episode, ’cause I’m a female, so maybe not… But hey, it’s the internet, right? Fair game!
N: What’s the most interesting food factoid you picked up from Alton Brown when he was on?
AB: Well “bowls” can be called “vessels,” I’m gonna start using that for sure. Alton cooked using an electric skillet, which I had never used, and I was like, “Isn’t this what the stove is for?” But by using the electric skillet you can get oil up to an exact temperature, for instance 375 degrees, and really be in control of every element of the cooking process. I grew up cooking with Granny, who would just roll with the punches, more of a laid back approach, but then when something tastes off, how do you know for sure why? With Alton, if something were to taste off, I’m sure he’d know exactly why and how to fix it just by using his palate, which is pretty amazing.
N: What has been your favorite themed food to create or party to prepare?
AB: My friends and I would get together once a month to have a viewing party with themed dishes. One of my favorites was a Goodfellas party; we made Spaghetti and meatballs, but even prepared it the way a Goodfella would by slicing the garlic very thin using a razor blade… in prison! No, it was just in my tiny apartment at the time. But fun! One of my friends hosted a TMNT party; we crawled through “sewers” made of cardboard. (I find cardboard is really a necessary part of these themed parties, until you’re at Alton Brown status and own your very own TARDIS.) There was home made pizza and I dressed as April O’Neil. It was awesome.
N: Who’s your dream guest to cook with?
AB: Well, my favorite part about the show is that it’s just like when your friends come over and hang out in the kitchen and gab while you make dinner, so they don’t have to be excellent cooks, but that doesn’t hurt. I would love to make some BSG dishes with some EJO, or anyone from Downton Abbey; it would actually be fun to do a Downton episode but with Paula Deen taking all their fancy food and adding little heart attacks. Or a Red Sonja episode with Brigitte Nielsen, we could make meat (crazy) balls!
Here is a recipe I’ve made with my mother before that didn’t make it into our recent Doctor Who episode. (If you make it, take photos and link them in comments below!)
It’s so good, even a Dalek who can only feel hate will love this cake!
2 Swiss rolls
1 stick of butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Candy of choice
Chocolate covered pretzel sticks
Chop a slice off the end of each Swiss roll. Take one roll and slice it on a diagonal, lean one of the pieces up against the other whole Swiss roll and you’re looking at the Dalek’s body. Cut off any excess. To create the head take one of the ends you hacked off in the beginning and unroll it just a bit.
You’ll need to create some butter icing that will cover your Dalek; take one stick of butter and slowly beat in powdered sugar until you get that nice creamy consistency with zero lumps. Take your cocoa powder and mix it with a little hot water, then combine with your icing.
Use your icing to attach your two pieces of Swiss rolls, then cover the rest of your cake with the icing. Decorate the head with licorice pieces to give it a Dalek look, or use candy that you like to eat. Use licorice laces to wrap around the base of the head. For the texture of the ball-looking things on the Dalek, I sliced some malt balls in half; keep it healthy with blueberries if ya want! Use your chocolate pretzel sticks for the Dalek’s weapons; use a berry at the end of a stick to make a plunger.
Boom! Now you can exterminate your friends’ sweet tooths! Yep, I went there. As always, remember to eat.