26.1.21

Egg, Dairy, Soya Free Birthday Cakes

It was my boyfriends birthday recently and we had a little celebration with his children. I wanted to have a cake to celebrate properly but due to allergy restrictions couldn't just go to the stop to buy a good ol' Colin the Caterpillar classic.
I found a recipe online and adapted a little to suit what I wanted and this was the result! 
Rustic and stacked!

Egg, Dairy, Soya Free Birthday Cakes

Ingredients

195g plain flour
130g sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
140ml water
Large marshmallows
Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and mix. Then add the oil, vinegar, vanilla extract and water and mix well. 
Once fully combined add this mixture either to a lined cake tin or to cupcake cases. As the mixture is quite thing I first poured this into a jug to make it easier to pour into the cases. We didn\"t have a cupcake tray so, as expected, the cases didn\"t stay upright and we ended up with "rustic" looking cupcakes...I wasn\"t too disappointed and thought they looked cute. 
Bake for 20 minutes, check that these are baked and then leave to cool.
I wanted to top with marshmallows rather than icing so placed a marshmallow on top of each "cupcake" and then placed under the grill until it started to toast. 
I then used the back of a spoon to spread the melted marshmallow over the top of the cupcake...slightly messy and they seem to cool quite quickly so you need to be quick with not only the spreading but also then placing the sprinkles on top.

I then stacked these on top of one other but as they are quite light I did use a small cocktail stick to keep them all upright. 

I was quite surprised at how nice they tasted and I think I preferred these to a usual cupcake which may have tasted quite heavy.
I\"ll defintely make these again either as a tray bake, as proper cupcakes or as a rustic cupcake.



Edited to add:

We remade these 2 months later, in cake cases and a cake tin and it worked out really well again! This time I made "accidental S'mores" cakes using marshmallows and dairy free chocolate melted on top.



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20.1.21

Vanilla and Strawberry Cheesecake

We had a weekend of celebrating and along with locally made cupcakes, I wanted to make a treat dessert for us myself rather than buying something from the shop. 

I’ve not made a cheesecake for a long long time, always intimidated by whether or not to go for one which you bake or a no-bake recipe instead. 

I went for no-bake and a simple flavour too. 


I opted for a vanilla cheesecake with strawberries on top, although did also have some raspberries to add alongside the strawberries but felt they weren’t needed in the end.



Ingredients

Base

  • 300g Digestive biscuits
  • 200g Unsalted Butter

Topping

  • 750  Full Fat Cream Cheese (I used Philidelphia)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • Strawberries (I used approximately 8)

Instructions

Base

Either use a rolling pin and a food bag/cling film to smash the biscuits into a fine crumb or use a food processor/hand blender. 

Melt your butter and add it to the crumb mixture. I mixed this with a wooden spoon at first and then used the hand blender to finish.

Press the mixture into a cake tin. I lined the base of the cake tin with greaseproof paper so it didn’t stick and would remove easily.


Topping

In a bowl add your Cream Cheese, Icing Sugar and vanilla and whisk until combined. I used a hand whisk and a wooden spoon to fold the mixture every now and then.

Add the double cream, and whisk the mixture until it thickens.
Once this is complete, gradually spoon the mixture onto the biscuit base. Smoothen it out as you go so the mixture is level.

Cut your strawberries into slices and arrange on the top of the vanilla cheese mixture.

Then cover (I used cling film loosely) and place in the fridge for around 6 hours.

I also sprinkled some icing sugar on mine to try and make it look fancy...lasted 2 minutes before it dissolved but still...


Then serve and enjoy! 



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