It's approaching birthday time for our little miss and this year she's been more vocal with a birthday cake request.
"I want a chocolate cake with red icing Mummy."
I have to admit, I always get a bit nervous when baking a birthday cake. Ill fumble around the kitchen feeling the pressure to come up with the goods for the grand finale of a loved ones birthday. I'll never be a Mum who can produce an extravagant unicorn shaped cake, but I do know how to swap ingredients in and out to whip up a healthier dish. I’ll take that.
"There's always a healthy alternative" I told myself and searched for that old chocolate cup cake recipe one of my coeliac patients shared with me many years ago. It shares a special place in our heart as we also celebrated our wedding with the same cake recipe, whipped up by my mother in law.
I found it, baked it and was happy with my tweaks to make it a little more fluffy with the addition of arrowroot flour. Our practise run turned out delish, moist and a big hit with our soon-to-be birthday girl.
Then it was time to it's time to experiment with icings. Last year I made a cashew based icing tinted with purple from cooked blueberries (find the icing along with the tiger nut flour based birthday cake recipe here). As we do fine with butter, this year I wanted to whip up a a different icing, but this time using raspberries and beetroot powder to create the highly requested red colour.
Well I didn't quite nail a red red icing, but I think dark pink was close enough and was oh sooo yummy for a topping to the choc cake.
Note: If you want an extra inside layer of icing as we did, just double the recipe of the icing. If your cake tin is large, try also doubling the cake recipe and bake in two seperate batches. Use the two different cakes on top of each other for a higher overall cake and ice in-between.
Ok here goes...
What You'll Need For The Cake:
What You'll Need For The Icing:
What You'll Need To Do For The Cake:
What You'll Need To Do For The Icing:
Best enjoyed the same day.
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