This year, Mr E turned 30 and we had a party for family and friends halfway up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, complete with kilts, party frocks, bubbles, chilli and nachos, umbrellas, rain, wellies - and of course cake.
|Smal people eagerly awaiting candle blowing out / cake eating!|
(I should point out now that After Eights aren't actually dairy free - they do have butterfat in them, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for me - but obviously might be for some people. Butterfat contains minimal amounts of milk proteins - but there are still likely to be traces).
Whilst pondering the box of After Eights (mainly along the lines of 'maybe I could just eat one...') I realised that 30 would fit on the top of the cake tin I was planning to use, so I decided to ice them as little cartoon faces, using writing icing. The ultimate prepare-ahead cake decorating solution.
For the cake itself, since I was making enough for 30, I made a 9-egg sponge, using dairy free sunflower spread instead of butter. I weighed the eggs, then used equal quantities of sugar, SR flour and margarine. I spooned half of the mixture into the cake tin in dollops, then added 1oz of cocoa powder, 1 tsp peppermint extract and a couple of tablespoons of milk into the remaining batter, mixed well, and dolloped that into the tin too, giving it a quick swirl around before baking (in a rectangular roasting tin) for around 40 mins at 180C (160C fan). It turned out a lovely moist chocolate mint marble cake.
I made 'butter' icing using dairy free sunflower margarine again - if you beat in enough icing sugar, it doesn't taste too margarine-y - still sweet and lovely - especially when you're about to cover it with mints :-)
I thought that my After Eight iced Mr E was fairly lifelike - but Mini-M didn't agree, and failed to recognise him out of the other 29, despite being the only on with a) glasses or b) hair!