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If you’ve seen some of my recent posts then you will know that I am now the official food blogger for the Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy Support Charity. CMPA Support are a wonderful charity; their aims are to raise awareness of the allergy at all levels, so that future generations of CMPA babies (& their families) shouldn’t have to suffer; and to provide information, support and practical advice to parents/carers at whichever stage of the CMPA journey they are on. You can find CMPA Support on Facebook and join one of their many Facebook support groups. I publish one food related blog post per week on behalf of CMPA Support and I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing charity.
Halloween is nearly here and I’ve been having lots of fun experimenting with different Halloween cake decorations. I made some cute ‘mummy’ and spider cupcakes which are free from dairy, soya, wheat & gluten and I have recently shared my tips for Trick or Treating dairy free but this week I have made a witches cauldron cake and it is delicious! It’s a very big cake but I wanted it to be big, no witch wants a small cauldron after all. You can use this almond cake recipe and decorate it any way you wish but below is how I did it.
This cake is free from dairy, soya, wheat & gluten.
8 medium eggs
450g ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free if needed)
For the filling:
5 tablespoons jam
175g icing sugar
75g dairy and soya free spread
2 tablespoons water
500g black ready to roll icing
a small amount of green food dye and icing sugar
dairy free chocolate cake sprinkles (sold in most supermarkets, I used Morrison’s but be sure to check ingredients before buying/using)
snake sweets – check ingredients are suitable for you
any other sweets of your choice to top the cake – some supermarkets usually sell Halloween sweets!
- To make the cake, preheat your oven to gas mark 3. Grease two 8 inch cake tins with some dairy and soya free spread.
- Separate the eggs so the whites are in one bowl and the yolks in another. Add the sugar to the yolks and use a fork to beat them together until they turn paler.
- Whisk the egg whites until they make stiff points. Add the whites to the yolk mixture. Using a metal spoon, gently fold them in. Add the ground almonds and baking powder and fold them in.
- Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and smooth the tops with the back of a spoon. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until firm and golden brown.
- Leave the cakes in the cake tins for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the tins. Turn the tins upside down over a wire rack and shake it so the cake pops out.
- For the filling, sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl and mix with the water and dairy & soya free spread until all smooth. Cover the top of one cake with the jam and the buttercream filling and place the other cake on top. Save some of the buttercream filling to place on top of the cake to bond the icing.
- Place your cake onto a cake board if you are using one, spread the remaining buttercream all over the cake.
- Roll out the black icing and cover the cake, trimming off the excess around the bottom.
- To make the rim of the cauldron, roll the trimmings into a long sausage and stick to the top, using a little water.
- Fill the top of the cauldron with sweets. Mix the green food dye and icing sugar together and then dribble bits of it around the edge of the cauldron allowing it to drip down the sides.
- Roll out the orange icing and cut into flame shapes, using a little water stick them to the side of the cauldron to look like flames.
- Enjoy! Happy Halloween!
If you make this Halloween witches cauldron almond cake please let me know what you think in the comments section below and post your pics onto our Facebook page.
Recently I have received a lot of questions on our Facebook page about the symptoms of cow’s milk protein allergy and I think it would be great if we can share our questions and support each other on this journey. I have created a group on Facebook so we all have somewhere we can discuss and support each other in regards to living with cow’s milk protein allergy. Please take the time to read the group description. It is a closed group so, only members can see and reply to posts.
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