My default is easy, emotional, rustic and quite frankly hap hazard. When it therefore comes to making a little person’s birthday cake and ‘themes’ are bandied about, I get worried. I won’t use the weirdo icing to get the ‘right’ colours. I won’t use strange icing pastes to get that super smooth look. It’s just not me. So, for the dinosaur theme, I got to thinking. I also had to think fast because i’d burnt a cake that morning and was running out of time.
This is the cake that was born. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s gluten free and lower carb and sugar than a regular cake, with the coconut flour components and reduced sugar icing. The icing DOES have actual cane sugar to get the white result without using stiff eggwhites in a honey / eggwhite type combo – some parents take issue with raw egg and I respect that when I’m feeding other people’s kids. One must. If you are strictly fructose free you could use a cashew cream instead or other white sugar free icing, no trouble.
I am pleased to report there were no crazy children in sight post-cake as in the scheme of things, it’s very low sugar. There were satisfied little customers indeed who went back for seconds and didn’t just eat the icing!
Something about making treats for children takes me right back to my grandmère doing so for us as children. I have a little melancholy moment at parties like my son’s on the weekend, wishing she could be here for me to make HER delicious treats.
Enjoy the cake. Bake in a big, lined roasting tin ( I used a 30cm x 25cm tin and it came up about 4cm highonce cooked).
What you’ll need
2/3 cup coconut flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup other gluen free flour that’s medium bodies (buckwheat, teff, quinoa, amaranth or sorghum… they’ll all do just fine)
2 tsp vannila paste or powder
300ml (10 ounces) rice malt syrup
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarb soda
3tsp apple cider vinegar
What to do
Preheat oven to 180C / 350F (not 250C and then forget to turn it down, as I did with the first effort of this cake. Shhhh. She’s not perfect!)
Melt butter in a pan and leave to cool as you get the rest of the ingredients together
Whisk eggs with electric beaters until light
Add syrup. Whisk them some more
Add flours, vanilla, baking powder, bicarb soda and apple cider vinegar
Lastly add melted butter and whisky through until creamy and let it stand for 2 minutes
Grease your parchment paper and line your large tin. Pour the mixture in
Cook on 180C / 350F for 35-40 minutes. Just do a skewer test to check if it comes out clean in the middle, then you’re done.
THERMOMIX: Melt butter for 2 minutes on varoma, speed 1. Add everything and the EGGS LAST. Blitz on 6 for 15 seconds. Then on reverse speed 6 for another 15 seconds. Rest for 2 minutes. Ready to pour.
What you’ll need
100ml coconut cream
2 tbsp tapioca flour
120g butter, room temperature
140g organic golden icing sugar (you could just blitz 140g sugar into a blender on high for 10 seconds or TM for 10 seconds speed 9 for icing sugar consistency).
1 tsp vanilla powder or paste
3 tsp lime juice
What to do
Warm coconut cream and water until it bubbles a little
Whisk in the tapioca flour until it thickens and cook for 1 minute, continuing to whisk
Pour into a bowl and then pop in fridge to cool
1 hour later…
Whisk the butter until light and fluffy (thermomix speed 7, 20 seconds)
Add sugar bit by bit and then lastly add the vanilla paste, lime juice and coconut milk / tapioca mixutre, Whisk until smooth (electric whisker or thermomix speed 6, 40 seconds)
Pop in fridge to harden a little before icing.
Once you’ve iced the cake pop it in fridge to set a little.
NOTE: It has about half the sugar of a regular icing for that size of cake, so it won’t ‘set’ perfectly with a little crust as a normal icing sugar cake does. BUT it isn’t runny and it’s yummy and per slice, keeps the sugar surprisingly low at 6 grams for a little 3cm cubed piece.
So here is the little dinosaur cake. I’m almost embarassed to show you guys. A bit of a rush job after the first cake burnt in the ‘preheated oven of 250C that never got turned down’. Such a rush job in fact that I forgot to take pics along the way and got this one at the park once it had been a bit knocked around by car trips and a couple of picnic table cloth fly overs… The joys! A cake nonetheless. If you’re not an elaborate icing person either, all I did here was cut out the shape of a big carnivorus dinosaur (had to be carnivorus, you see) and then placed the piece of paper with the dinosaur ‘hole’ in the centre of the cake, atop the icing gently. I then sprinkled natural green sprinkles I found at About Life (easy to find online) and then peeled back the paper and resmoothed the icing where it had come up a little.
Enjoy the cake. It’s a great tea cake and it’s also great for cutting up and making shapes out of.