Game of Thrones – The Winterfell Cake



When Shruti and Paul from the ICCA Creative team came to me with the idea of a theme cake, based on the TV series Game of Thrones, I didn’t even know what this show was about. Thanks to Google for not only giving an idea about the show but I could also see how trending this theme has become in the culinary world.

The moment I set my eyes on the trailers and images of the show, I immediately knew that the famous iron throne is going to be my cake top. Working on the throne means Sugarcraft, and it is a lot of intricate work in itself that needs time and practice for the best outcome. So it took a few days for me to finish the throne mostly because of my busy class schedules also.

Coming to the cake part, I chose to do a 2 tier citrus cake called Madeira cake from our Patisserie Program because I heard the show had some prominence for citrus cake in it and layered it with a creamy vanilla icing. The colors of the icing, shades of grey & blue were chosen based on the cold tone of the North; Winterfell to be precise, and the cake was decorated by giving it a dragon scale pattern & ombre effect, topped with the throne.


Now, the most important thing to be mentioned when doing these kinds of theme cakes is, it pushes you out of your comfort zone and lets you play with your creativity. This cake gave me the opportunity to use different techniques from both Sugarcraft and Patisserie which may seem like a lot of effort but if you know your basics well your imagination and creativity will push you to explore more with much enthusiasm.

Last but not the least; although the making of the cake was time-consuming and physically draining because of the endless preps that go into the assembling of the cake, our creative team keeps me motivated and is always super fun to work with them.


Madeira cake


For Madeira cake




ButterCaster sugarEggs

Vanilla extract



Almond powderFlourBaking powder

Orange zest

Orange juice




For Vanilla creamy IcingIngredients Quantity
MilkVanilla extract 1440gm6tsp
Flour 270gm
Butter 1356gm
Icing sugarFood coloring black,red,green,blue 768gmAs required


For the Madeira cake

  1. Cream butter,sugar,vanilla and orange zest till creamy and fluffly
  2. Add eggs one at a time and continue creaming.
  3. Fold in the flour, almond powder, baking powder alternating with the orange juice.
  4. Spread the mixture in 3 separate 9” prestige tins and 4 separate 14cm rings and bake at 165*c for 12-15 min.

For the Creamy vanilla icing

  1. Mix flour and milk together and cook on medium fire till it forms a thick paste, remove from the fire and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Cream butter till soft and fluffy, add the icing sugar and cream again, then add the above paste and mix nicely.

Vrushali Jadhav

Developing a strong affinity towards cooking food as a child, made her pursue her passion to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from IHM Goa and also become the best outgoing student in Culinary Arts. Her dedication and commitment to excel has made her a name in the Culinary Fraternity in the UAE. Her professional career started with the Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts spotting immense talent in her made her a part of the pre-opening team at the prestigious Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in 2004. She has taken challenges and opportunities as they came, moving from the Jumeirah Group to the Dusit Thani and then to The Palace Down Town, where she worked as the Head Pastry Chef, making the hotel a famous F&B offering in Dubai. In her journey as a Pastry Chef she has traveled to Switzerland and Malaysia, to work with world class master-chefs.

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