Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Kate's Kitchen - allergy-free chocolate cake

Birthday cake is uppermost in my mind at this time of year, because within the last fortnight both my son and my husband have celebrated birthdays!

But what happens if you have a guest at a birthday party who happens to be allergic to both wheat and dairy?

It’d be way too mean to say, well, tough, they can’t have any birthday cake. So I did a few experiments (some of which were utter disasters, because gluten-free flour definitely gives cakes and cookies a different texture). But then I discovered the recipes on Doves Farm - http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/search-recipes/ - and everything was much easier after that! I’ve adapted their chocolate cake recipe, as the one on their website isn’t dairy-free. But I have to say it’s one of the best cakes ever, and a houseful of teenage boys left nothing but crumbs.

Ingredients – cake
200g dairy-free spread
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g white self-raising gluten-free flour
3 tbsp cocoa (you need to check it’s nut-free – some aren’t)
3 tbsp rice or soya milk

Ingredients – filling
50g dairy-free spread
75g icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa (see above)

Ingredients – topping
50g dairy-free chocolate
25g dairy-free spread
1 tbsp golden syrup

Method - cake
• Beat together the dairy-free spread and sugar.
• Beat in the eggs, vanilla extract, flour, cocoa and rice or soya milk.
• Divide the mixture between two oiled and lined 20cm/8”round tins.
• Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
• Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

Method - filling
Put the dairy-free spread in a bowl and mix in the icing sugar and cocoa.  Spread the filling over the top of one cake layer and place the other on top of it.

Method - topping
Put the dairy-free chocolate, dairy-free spread and golden syrup into a bowl and gently melt together. Once melted, stir and spread it over the cake.

Enjoy! (The cake fountain is obviously optional, but I can't resist indoor fireworks...)


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