Shield Cake


Instead of cooking a medieval feast as a culminating activity for a medieval unit study, why not bake this simple shield cake? You can have fun creating a coat of arms with candy on the top of the cake.

Begin by baking a rectangular cake, preferably chocolate. Cut one end of the cake into a triangular point. Then tape some foil to a piece of cardboard that is larger than the cake. Upend the cake onto the prepared foil.

Grab two tubs of white frosting, and tint one of them to be the background color for the shield. You can choose any color you want. Frost the entire cake, including the sides.


Now comes the fun part. Divide the second tub of frosting into different bowls, tinting them whatever colors you want to create your coat of arms, dragon, cross, or any other shape. Place the tinted frosting in a plastic Ziplock bag and snip off the corner. Draw whatever you want with the tinted frosting.

We used white frosting to frame the outline of the shield. We also outlined a Peppermint Patty and drew a cross in the center of it. You can now use whatever candy you want to embellish your shield cake. We used colorful M&M’s to go around the entire cake.

Now enjoy eating your medieval shield cake!

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4 Responses to “Shield Cake”

  1. Oh, that’s awesome! We made shields last year. I got the wooden cutouts on Etsy, and we painted them with silver acrylic paint. Once they were dry, we put decals on them. I think there was a lion, a wolf and a gryphon.

  2. Chris says:

    Awesome!!! We’ve done some fun cakes for bday parties but I love this as a culminating activity for a unit on the middle ages.

    In fact my now 13 yo had a medieval part for his 6th bday…he was into King Arthur back then….and we made an enormous dragon cake. You know what’s also fun, easy and cheap, susan, to make for a meieval unit? we’ve bought a sleeve of plastic goblet-ish glasses as the dollar store and those sticky jewels for crafts to make “fancy” glasses that look like they’d be at a medieval feast….you’ve probably done stuff like that ….

    Thanks for the fun idea….”See” you in blogland!

    • Susan says:

      Yes, I’ve made a dragon cake for a Chinese dragon birthday party, and I think we’ve decorated goblets before. Those are super fun!

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