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Chocolate Birthday Cake
Dairy free, soya free, wheat free, gluten free, almond free and coconut free.
This week it’s my gorgeous nephews second birthday, his parents are having a party for him at the weekend but because it’s also my birthday I’ve booked to go away. As much as I now dread birthday party’s because of the food being everywhere and my child being at the age where he picks up everything and puts it straight into his mouth, I do feel bad that we’ll miss his party. I decided to make up for it by doing an Easter egg hunt in my garden today and making him this cake, he ate two pieces of this cake and loved the Easter egg hunt so I think/hope Auntie is forgiven for missing his party now.
With my son having cow’s milk protein allergy, soya intolerance and coconut allergy, my brother is anaphylactic to almonds and I have been advised by my doctor to remove all dairy and wheat from my diet due to recurrent tonsillitis, to see if it is a symptom of dairy and wheat intolerance. I needed a dairy, soya, wheat, coconut and almond free cake to accommodate all of us. My nephew doesn’t have any allergies but I knew he’d want to share his cake with us all 🙂
I have been practicing baking cakes using the Doves Farm wheat free flour but I haven’t found a consistency I like yet, they’ve all been too stodgy. I’m going to keep experimenting with different wheat free flours until I get the perfect cake, but for now I’ve had to cheat and use a packet mix! I thought I’d still share what I have done to make this cake as it was super easy, looks great, tastes delicious and will be perfect for any non bakers or for those who just don’t have the time to bake a cake from scratch.
I got this mix from Asda, you just need to add eggs, margarine and water. I used Pure dairy free olive spread.
This chocolate sponge mix is dairy free, soya free, wheat free and gluten free.
For the middle layer I used butter cream icing:
175g icing sugar
90g dairy free olive spread
2 tablespoon water
1. Sift icing sugar into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix with dairy free spread and water until it’s a smooth consistency.
3. Spread evenly across the bottom layer of the cake and place top layer of the cake on top.
I decorated the top of the cake using piping icing, I bought this one from Sainsbury’s:
This piping icing is dairy free, soya free, coconut free, wheat free, gluten free and almond free.
It comes with three different tips so you can decorate the cake as you wish. They sell these in various colours and in most supermarkets.
If you are ok with coconut you could use this cream cheese icing recipe.
Let me know what you think of this really easy (cheat) chocolate birthday cake recipe by commenting below or posting to our Facebook page.