Monday just gone, Stephen turned 25, and all he wanted was a cake. I didn’t want to go and buy one from a supermarket or a gluten free bakery, I wanted to make one with my own two hands. I am not good at baking, no matter how much I love it, I’m terrible. But I tried!
Coeliac.org.uk recipe for gluten free Victoria Sponge Cake
110g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour*
110g Caster Sugar
Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence/Extract
*I only had gluten free plain flour, which may have been where it went wrong despite my using baking powder!
The oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius whilst I mixed the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. Next I added the flour, eggs and vanilla essence and mixed it all together until there were no lumps!
Split into two round baking trays and in the oven they went for 25 minutes. After 20 minutes (they had collapsed after 10) I prodded the cakes with a skewer – if it comes out clean it’s ready to come out for cooling!
Ta daaaaa. Yorkshire pudding-esque cake ish things!
Icing next! No one in the history of the world ever has gotten the butter to icing sugar ratio correct in the first four tries but thankfully I needed a lot of icing to disguise the sunken discs that I had cooked.
Let’s just throw a metric fuck-tonne of Twirls, Flakes and Ripples at it… I’m passing it off as a Lord of The Rings style Stone Henge kinda thing…
As the cake had gone so disastrously, I needed to save the day.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cornflake Nests
These clearly went a lot more according to plan…
Nestle Gluten Free Corn Flakes
Meltttttttt the chocolate, look at thaaaaaaat. Never microwave chocolate to melt it, that never goes well. A glass bowl over a pan of boiling water always does the trick!
Mix the cornflakes into the melted chocolate to make some messy nest gorgeousness…
Into the muffin cases, embellish with the sweeties and ta daaaaa!
Very instagrammable, don’t cha think?