At the weekend we were privileged to witness and be involved in something very special…the baptism of my very special friend, Mel’s (of Le Coin De Mel) littlest girl.
It was a beautiful occasion, and despite not being religious, I found it very moving.
The kids learnt all about what happens at a baptism (and have been sharing their new-found knowledge at school!) and we all got to meet some truly lovely people.
All in all it was a fabulous day!
Of course for me, no celebration is quite complete without a cake so given the allergies of one of Mel’s girls, and Roo’s dietary requirements, I set about making a cake that was gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free, seed-free, egg-free and dairy-free.
It just so happened that I had some amazing products from Coconut Merchant, so I made the cake refined sugar-free too!
Pre-planning is not my forte, so on the morning of the baptism I gathered the ingredients and set about baking whilst everyone ate their breakfast!
One thing I had failed to pre-think was the dairy-free milk.
We always use almond milk…which of course is no good in a nut-free cake.
I therefore had to include dairy milk in my version…luckily small amounts don’t seem to bother Roo provided she doesn’t have it very often!
If you need the cake to be dairy-free then I would recommend using a suitable dairy-free milk.
Being early, there were other mistakes too…like dropping one cake and having to start again.
That just meant that instead of a 2 tiered cake, it turned into a 3 tiered cake.
If you make it you could either follow the recipe below and make 2 tiers, or double the recipe to make 4 tiers.
If you don’t want 4 tiers you could freeze one tier to use at a later date.
Anyway, on to the recipe which I promised to share after lots of comments on my social media accounts.
A Very Freefrom Chocolate Cake!
- FOR THE CAKE:
- 145 g gluten-free plain flour I use my wholegrain blend
- 3 tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 30 g cocoa
- 70 g dairy-free spread I used Vitalite
- 60 g coconut sugar I used Coconut Merchant - you could use 'ordinary' sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut syrup I used Coconut Merchant - you could use golden syrup
- 150 ml dairy-free or dairy milk
- FOR THE ICING:
- 100 g dairy-free margarine/spread I used Vitalite again
- 100 g icing sugar sifted
- 50 g cocoa sifted
- Splash of water - enough to make a spreading consistency
- Place the sugar, syrup and dairy-free spread into a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy in appearance. This will take about 2 minutes.
- Add all the other ingredients and carefully fold them into the mixture until the dry ingredients are combined with the wet.
- Whisk together for a further minute or so until nice and fluffy.
- Transfer the mixture to two well greased 15cm round tins, and smooth the tops.
- Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees (170 degree fan, gas mark 5) for 15 - 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and the top springs back when you touch it.
- Cool for 5 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool.
- While cooling, make the icing by mixing all the ingredients together until combined, then whisking for approx. 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Decorate how you like...checking the ingredients of everything you use!
If you want to buy my wholegrain gluten-free and rice-free flour blend click on the link below:
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