Gluten Free Tiger Cake. 

As you may, or may not know, I have a three year old.  Those of you with kids will ( probably) tell you how, at times, the toddler years can be challenging, and I’m not just talking about allergies. 

I’ll paint you a picture, currently the obsession of LR is Thomas The Tank, Dinosaurs, Paw Patrol ( the theme tune makes my ears bleed) and animals. Which leads us on to the fact my birthday is this week and she thought it would be great if I have a birthday cake. Only Thing was madam thought a tiger cake would be great. Now if it’s anything like the dinosaur I attempted the other week, the cake was going to be a car crash- trying to explain that to a head strong tot was even worse.   The stropometer reached a level I think we have never seen before, and quite frankly I’ve no desire to see again.

So why am I babbling about my cake decorating disasters? Well the compromise was a tiger cake in the form of stripes ( sort of ) with chocolate and vanilla layers to look ( sort of) like a tiger,  and LO was promised to be able to like the bowl so the actual cooking could commence. 

  
 Don’t worry about the vanilla sponge looking a rather odd colour, yours will look great, ours had the addition of orange food colouring to add to the tiger theme. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 eggs
  •  100ml milk ( of choice) 
  • 250 ml oil I have used either coconut or sunflower
  • 250g caster sugar 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 475g self raising flour ( I use Doves farm Gluten free) as a side note you can sub 75g of flour for ground almond which helps make the cake moist we don’t due to nut allergies. 
  • 25g Cocoa or raw cacao powder. 
  • 1tsp baking powder

Method 

  • Preheat oven to 180C /Gas Mark 4 
  • Line a 23cm cake tin 
  • Lightly beat the eggs then mix with the milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add 175 g of flour and whisk until smooth
  • Get 2 bowls pour half this mixture in 1 along with 1/2 tsp baking powder and another 175g of flour
  • In the other pour the rest, add the cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder and the remaining flower. 
  • In the centre of your tin put 2 large spoonfuls of white mixture, then the same of chocolate directly on top. Keep doing this until the tin is full

  

  • Don’t worry if it’s not perfect circles I had to improvise a bit at the side but it adds to the effect of the cake. 
  • Put in the oven and cook for 40-50 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. 
  • I let it cool for 10 mins in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

  

Et voila there you have your marble ( I mean tiger) cake. My only notes to add would be that I think it would look great decorated as a chocolate drippy edge cake with the full works in terms of a mountain of chocolates on top.  

It’s better eaten fairly quickly as well, I find the gluten free version has a tendency to go dry quite quickly, but it goes wonderfully with a cup of tea, and I fact the dry sponge I made into a chocolate and orange trifle….. Buts that’s another post. 

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Chocolate (Green) Smoothie

Hello, hello, hello I’m back ( or BT has finally fixed our phone line). anyway now normal service can be resumed and I’ve got loads of posts to share with you all, so I best get started. 

  
This here Is a green smoothie in disguise. It’s perfect for a chocolate fix but has less sugar than some of the other smoothie combinations out there. I’m not going to say  it’s clean, or sugar free etc, sugar is sugar whichever way you look at it, and this has some fruit in. 

Ingredients 

  • Handful of spinach 
  • Small piece of cucumber
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • A few chunks of mango
  • 1tsp of cacao powder 
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • Milk of choice 

Place all ingredients into your blender/ nutribullet etc and voila there you have your smoothie

  
Right back to it I’m experimenting with photo backdrops and have some pictures to take. ( it’s one of my aims this year to improve my photography skills). 

Apologies…..

I’m not ignoring you all. I’m at my wits end with BT trying to fix our phone/ internet.  Seemingly the line had an argument with a tree the other night in the gales. 

Normal service will ( hopefully) be resumed asap.  TTFN my lovelies.