Gluten Free Movie Cake

Before I go too far, I do take my hat off to those bakers that make themed cakes for a living. It is a skill and an art. It takes a lot of patience and time. Practice is what I definitely need. But I did have some fun 😀😀😀

I started a couple of days before baking the actual cake. Which for an Anniversary.

Using Renshaws Modelling Paste, I rolled and cut the box sides out for the popcorn box and the sides of the cake decoration that will make up the camera film. Oh, and the film reel. Also using red modelling paste, to use as the red stripes on what will become the finished popcorn bag, once rolled and cut they were left for 2 days to dry out.

Once set firm, I spray painted the film reel using Dr Oetker Gold Shimmer spray (both sides) and left to dry out again.

The day before decorating I made the cake;

The basic recipe is for 2 x 7″ round cake tins and making a basic sponge;

– 200g soft butter

– 200g caster sugar

– 4 eggs

– 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

– 200g gluten free self raising flour

Either make this as using the all in one method, or use the creaming method. Either way, make and bake your sponge and leave to cool.

Once ready to cover, the cake was filled with vanilla buttercream and jam and then covered in buttercream also. Some much-needed kneading of the packet of ready to use fondant was required with a tube of Dr Oetker black colouring.  Once the desired tone is reached, it was rolled out and the cake was covered and smoothed.

It was here that I needed to find some patience and stick the bits on the cake! Using a small paint brush and a dob of water the dried modelling paste pieces were attached to the cake – the film reel top and sides.

I had already covered the cake board in fondant and added some gold sugar pearls for extra decorations.

The tricky part was sticking the popcorn box together…. and with a little more patience and some melted white chocolate I eventually succeeded. Left to dry, the popcorn box stands on its own on top of the cake.

The popcorn was added just before the reveal as it would have gone soft.

 

 

Gluten free ‘Double Decker’ Bars

Thank you Mr Cadbury for the inspiration for this one. It’s not as difficult as one would first think. But it goes to show that everyone should be able to have anything available – with a little bit of though any one can.

Converting this to gluten free wasn’t  that difficult, after all it’s just the Krispies that needed changing and good old Cereal Partners Nestles’ Go Free ‘Rice Pops’ are now widely available.

The technical bit was the nougat. Too much sugar boiling and it’ll be tough as toffee, not enough sugar boiling and it would be sloppy. Top that with the right balance of liquid glucose and there is a disaster in the making.

For the nougat I must thank Martin Wishart for the inspiration for the recipe, I have adapted his recipe from GreatBritishChefs.com

Have faith, have confidence and the chocolate bar will turn out brilliant and everyone can enjoy the taste of the high street.

If you have them, you’ll need 2 small brownie pans, one to set the Rice Pops in, the other the nougat. You’ll also need a bit of time for this one. I made this overnight – making and setting the rice pops and cooling the nougat in the evening and covering with chocolate in the morning. It’s not a rush job by any means and it’s a bit messy 😀😀

Prepare 1 of the trays (roughly 28cm x 20cm) by lining it with cling film, line the other with greaseproof. You will need another sheet of each, but we’ll come to that.

There is actually no baking required here!

For the Chocolate Rice Pops;

  • 180g melted chocolate (I used milk chocolate)
  • 150g Nestle Cereal Partners Rice Pops

For the nougat;

  • 420g caster sugar
  • c100ml water
  • 110g liquid glucose (I used Dr Oetker)
  • 80g runny honey (it gives a little colour to the nougat)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

To cover in chocolate;

  • Approx 400g melted chocolate

Start by mixing the rice Pops and melted Chocolate, pour into your first prepared tray with cling film and squash into the corners and press as flat as you can. By using your 2nd sheet of film, press down the rice Pops firmly so that they compact well. Remember the finished product, you need it firm, crispy and ‘tight’ (for want of a better word!). Put this to one side to cool and set.

Next the nougat.

Have all the ingredients ready to hand and a sugar thermometer a must have here I’m afraid.

  1. 400g of the sugar and the liquid glucose in a large straight-edged saucepan – remember the sugar will boil, so it needs to withstand the heat and the sugar boiling up the sides – covered with the water – which should just cover the sugar. Have a pastry brush to hand also in a cup of hot water.
  2. Have the egg whites in a mixing bowl ready to whisk and the remaining 20g and of caster sugar – to make a soft meringue.
  3. have the honey ready and weighed in a small bowl
  4. and the essence ready to pour in.

So bring the sugar in the pan (with the sugar thermometer in) to a gentle boil and allow to boil until it reaches 135c. You will need to keep your eye on this – But don’t stir the pan – if the sugar solution starts to stick to the sides of the pan, brush away with the pastry brush in hot water – it’ll stop any sugar crystals forming in the nougat.

Just before the temperature hits 135c – once it gets about 125c it won’t take long – switch on the whisk to whisk the egg whites to soft peaks.

Add the honey to the sugar solution, by drizzling around the pan and leave this to then reach 145c.

Add the remaining 20g of caster sugar to the egg white and whisk till firm peaks – a la meringue. The sugar solution should now have reached 145c.

Now this is easier with a table top whisk, but if you haven’t, take great care, as the sugar solution if very hot. So with the whisk turned down to half or low speed, slowly pour the sugar solution down the side of the bowl and continue to whisk until all the solution has been poured in.  Then turn up the speed to full and continue to whisk for about 5  – 6 minutes. The nougat will start to thicken and cool a little.

Once done switch off the machine and scrap the nougat into the 2nd prepared pan. You’ll need to work a little fast here and ensure the nougat is all in the pan before you then cover with the 2nd sheet of greaseproof and squash the nougat into the corners, firmly using the back of a spoon to flatten the surface of the nougat. You can quickly remove the covered nougat from the pan and roll flat with a rolling pin,  ensuring you return the nougat to the pan to set.

Then leave the nougat to completely cool before assembling and covering in chocolate.

Once everything is cold, peel the greaseproof off the nougat and the cling film from the gluten free rice pops.

Place the rice pops on the nougat and trim any loose overlapping edges so that you have 4 straight and even sides. Then cut into bars. I cut mine into 15, but you could easily make these a little smaller. Just remember the next stage of covering in melted chocolate..

Once you have you second batch of melted chocolate ready, lift up each bar with a fork, hold over the chocolate and cover all sides using a spoon. The chocolate will hold the nougat and the rice pops in place, once the chocolate has set. Place the covered bars onto a wire rack to cool and set.

Great for any party or get together.

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Christmas Cake Slices

‘Ding dong merrily on high……’

As I sit here and eat a piece of this here cake, Christmas is but short distance away. Luckily for me it would appear the bulk of the present buying has been done and organised to its various hiding placed around the house (how we recover them though presents (pardon the pun..) another issue….

Time is ever precious at this time of year and as our lives seem to be squeezed on a daily basis, it comes as a welcome tonic (mines with vodka)  to find a gluten free Christmas fruit cake that is both easy to make and bake and similarly easy to decorate.

I was lucky enough to have been given a packet of this gluten free Christmas Fruit Cake Mix from the lovely people at Delicious Alchemy. And it really is easy to make 🙂

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Forgive me DA but I lifted this straight from your website – I have though linked it straight back to your lovely, helpful website.  I couldn’t see the point in reinventing the wheel. A couple of things to note, I didn’t use the orange and I used a tad more brandy in the cake – oops my hand slipped…

For clarity I used a square 7″ cake tin which isn’t overly clear in the original method/recipe.

You’ll need:

Before you get mixing, preheat the oven to 160C/140C for fan-assisted ovens.  Line the base and sides of a 7 inch baking tin with greaseproof paper. Make sure the paper sticks out 2.5cm (about an inch) above the rim of the tin.

In a large bowl, mix the butter (or dairy free alternative) and zest (if using) then add in 45ml of the brandy or orange juice. Whisk the eggs separately and then add to the bowl along with the dry cake mix.

Mix together for 2½ minutes. You can pop it all in a mixer if that’s easier.

Once it has all come together, put the mix into your prepared tin and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes. I would suggest that you smooth the surface of the cake mix down to get an even finish once cooked. It also helps when ready for icing.

Once baked to perfection, allow to cool for 20 minutes, then pierce the cake several times with a skewer and pour on the remaining 30ml of brandy or orange juice until it is all absorbed.

Wrap up well in greaseproof, tin foil and cling film and store.

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Should you have the time left.. unwrap carefully, turn over, pierce the base of the cake again and ‘feed the cake’ a little more brandy.  Although if you have some calvados lying around this is just as tasty…

When you are ready to cover the choice is indeed yours.  For better use of time I used Dr Oetker Marzipan and Dr Oetker Regal Icing . Remove both from their packets, knead the marzipan until it’s a little more pliable and roll out until your decide thickness, brush the top of the cake with apricot jam and cover with the marzipan. Use the base of the square cake tin as a guide for size and shape. Brush the marzipan with a little more of the apricot jam, and repeat the process with the Regal Icing.

Now you can eat this (once decorated to your liking) as one whole cake, use as a Christmas Day centre piece and slice as required, but for something a little different I cut the iced cake into 8 ‘slices’ and decorated each slice as I desired. Just because.

And because I was able to plan a little ahead I was able to feed the cake twice – once a week over the two since I baked it.  You still have time…

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