Last year my daughter and I baked my wife a birthday cake. As my daughter is coeliac, it was gluten free. This was a great success.
For my daughter’s birthday I decided to bake her a cake. Last time we baked five different coloured cakes using Dr. Oetker’s Colouring Gel.
This time I decided to go with seven layers and used colouring gel from Aldi, which worked just as well as Dr. Oetker’s giving us bright strong colours.
Take one egg and put this on your balance scale.
Weigh out an egg weight of caster sugar.
Same weight of soft butter.
Cream the sugar and butter.
Before adding the egg, weigh out an egg weight of Gluten Free self-raising flour, then add two eggs to the butter and sugar mixture and add some vanilla essence. Now add the colouring gel, we added a fair bit to have a strong colour.
We had a
Red cake using red colouring gel.
Blue cake using blue colouring gel.
Pink cake using pink colouring gel.
Orange cake using yellow colouring gel with a hint of red gel.
Violet cake using red and blue gels.
Green cake using blue and yellow gels.
Yellow cake using just the yellow colouring gel.
Mix the egg, gel, essence into the creamed sugar and butter.
Then fold in the flour, until the mixture is smooth.
You could add a little milk if you want to have a smoother batter.
The cake mixture was spread into a lined six inch cake tin and baked at 180℃ for about 15 minutes.
The cakes were left to cool and then the cake was built with a whipped cream and strawberry jam filling.
This is where things started to go wrong, as the cake was built it appeared to be stable and then it all started to slide apart. I managed to stabilise the cake with a wooden skewer, but lots of the cream had splurged out the sides. So I then tried to fix things by using a palette knife to spread the cream on the sides of the cake. This did not work and the cake looked a real mess…
I did dust the cake with icing sugar and then we presented the cake with flaming indoor fireworks. I was unable to cut the seven layers as single slice, so we took off the top four layers and put that on a separate plate and cut that into slices.
Though it looked messy, it was very light and very tasty.