Sunday, 24 November 2013

Doctor Who Party Food - Recipes

Doctor Who party food

Last week I wrote a blog post about throwing a Doctor Who themed party ahead of the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. I included ideas for food, costumes, decorations and games, though I wasn't planning to do all of them myself. Last night was the Day of the Doctor and I gathered with my parents, my boyfriend and his mum to watch; I didn't throw a full themed party but planned a Doctor Who-inspired menu. I'll go through each dish that I made and give the recipes below.

For the party I made:

Fishfingers in custard (an Amy Pond favourite - and don't worry, it wasn't actually custard)
K9 dogs - hot dogs
Potato wedges
Adipose (mini marshmallow men)
Dalek cupcakes (Devil's food cake with Lakeland decorations)
Cybermen and K9 ginger cookies (as the Doctor has had several ginger companions)
Sonic Screwdrivers (screwdriver cocktail served in a flashing glass).

First I began by making the cupcakes, and decided that a Devil's food cake recipe was the most appropriate for the evil Daleks. This recipe is adapted from a little book called "Easy Cupcakes" from Marks & Spencer.

To make a dozen large cupcakes, you need:

100g margarine
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
50g cocoa powder
250ml sour cream

For the buttercream
200g butter, softened
400g icing sugar (adapt the quantity depending on how stiff the icing is, which will partly depend on how soft your butter is)
50g cocoa powder

For the filling: Nutella chocolate spread (optional)

To decorate I used these Dalek cupcake wraps and toppers from Lakeland 

Preheat the oven to 180C. Cream the marg, sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl,

Mix in the eggs and the soured cream until you have a smooth mixture.

This is the Dalek cupcake set. It costs £9.99 for not an awful lot - you get 24 cardboard cupcake wraps in four colours, and four matching heads which are also made of cardboard, with a pick you insert into the top of the cake. They are well made and really easy to use. The cupcake wrappers can fasten on three notches as well so you can adapt them to the size of your cupcake.

So here I have the cake batter

Spoon into cupcake or muffin cases

Bake in the preheaten oven for 15-20 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and a skewer comes out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.

I decided to fill the cupcakes by scooping out the top and adding a spoonful of Nutella, and then replacing the lid. I then piped chocolate buttercream in a swirl on top of the cupcake. Place the cupcake wrappers around the cake and put the Dalek head on top. I think these look great!

 Dalek cupcakesDalek cupcakes

Next I made ginger cookies, to reflect the Doctor Who's companions Amy Pond, Donna Noble and Mel (Bonnie Langford) - were there any other ginger companions?

I used a simple sugar cookie recipe
100g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour
1 egg
2 tsp ground ginger

I actually ended up making two batches of this.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix the butter and caster sugar then mix in the flour until you have a breadcrumb-like consistency.

Mix in the ginger and the egg and knead into a dough

I use this cookie cutter set from Lakeland. You get a cybermen and a K9 cookie cutter for £4.99 which I think is good value. They are plunger cutters so leave an indentation on the cookie of the design, that looks really good.

Here are the cookies before they go in the oven

And after they came out

 I like how the cookies are decorated in the picture on the Lakeland website; you can use the same cutter on a piece of rolled out fondant to imprint the same design, then decorate it with silver balls and piping icing. I didn't have a huge amount of time so I decided to leave some of the cookies plain, and sandwich some of them together with leftover buttercream from my cupcakes.

I also used a tube of Dr. Oetker writing icing to pipe along the lines of the cookie. I was a little wobbly but it was very easy to follow the design so I think these look OK.

Setting out the cakes and cookies on the table

I didn't go to great lengths to decorate the house but I did buy this Tardis door poster from Ebay which I hung on the entrance to the living room.

I also couldn't resist making Adipose - from an episode of Doctor Who were diet pills make people's fat cells turn into little creatures that scurry away. I thought they were really cute! This is what they look like in Doctor Who on the left, and on the right is what they look like made out of marshmallow! I used a normal marshmallow for the body and two mini marshmallows for the legs, and a mini marshmallow cut in half for the arms - they are stuck on with a little buttercream but you could also use edible glue. I drew on the face with an edible ink pen which you can get from Amazon or cake decorating suppliers.

marshmallow adipose

I bought some Doctor Who paper plates and napkins; here you can see a group of Adipose on a Tardis plate.

marshmallow adipose

I made a screwdriver cocktail (which is just vodka and orange) and to make it sonic, I used a glass I got from Bubba Gump's restaurant in America - when you press the button on the bottom, the base and rim of the glass light up and flash! Now if that isn't a sonic screwdriver, I don't know what is...

The main courses were then cooked in the oven. There's an episode of Doctor Who I haven't actually seen yet as I am playing catch up, where a young Amy Pond gives the Doctor fish fingers dipped in custard. I added some yellow food colouring to a small bowl of mayonnaise which gave the desired effect!

And finally K9 (hot) dogs with onions. Did you watch the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, and did you do anything like this?


  1. ah so glad I'm not the only one to have had a Dr Who party! shame I didn't get time to make any themed goodies but yours look delicious!

  2. I forgot it was on, I am praying it will be on iplayer tonight. Can't believe I missed it! Sounds like you had fun!

  3. This looks like so much fun! Hope you enjoyed the big 50 as much as we did!


  4. Love your dr who party - sounds like such fun - I bet you all had a giggle at your inspired sonic screwdrivers - we had dr who on at a ridiculous time in the morning in Australia if there were any crazy types who wanted to watch it with Britain - but we were happy to just watch it in the evening on repeat. Great show.


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