Gluten Free S’mores Cake Recipe (Vegan)

I am often asked by friends to make birthday cakes suitable for vegans, and this chocolate sponge recipe is the one I go to nearly every time because it never fails to please. Those who aren’t vegan can never believe that this cake doesn’t contain eggs, and vegans are always pleasantly surprised that it has the texture of “normal” cake – nevermind that it’s also gluten free!

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After coming across vegan marshmallows at my local supermarket, I really wanted to come up with a fun way to use them in a bake – so I decided to combine them with my favourite vegan sponge recipe and make a Vegan S’mores Cake.

Freedom Mallows are really similar to “real” marshmallows in both taste and texture. When I toasted them they lost their shape a little, but they are so close to the real thing I hardly think that matters. I found them in Sainsbury’s, but they can also be found in Holland and Barratt or online.

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If you’re looking for a cake that is suitable for a party with guests who have multiple allergies, intolerances or requirements then this is the recipe for you – no need to prepare more than dessert with this easy crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

For the sponge:

300g gluten free self-raising flour 

50g cocoa powder

200g caster sugar  

2 tsp baking powder

375ml sweetened soya milk 

150ml sunflower oil

For the frosting:

75g cocoa powder

75g golden syrup

50g dairy free butter

To decorate:

150g vegan marshmallows (I used Freedom Mallows)

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas mark 4

2) Grease and line three 7 inch sandwich tins with greaseproof paper

3) In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, gluten free flour, caster sugar and baking powder until combined.

4) Whisk together the oil and soya milk in a separate bowl, then add this to the dry ingredients. Whisk until the ingredients are just combined and quickly pour the batter into the prepared tins.

5) Tap the tins gentle on the work surface to get rid of any air bubbles and bake for 15 minutes or until the cake is firm to touch and cooked right through.

6) Leave the cakes to cool slightly in their tins, before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool.

7) To make the frosting, melt together the butter and golden syrup in a small pan over a medium heat. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir until combined. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool – the mixture will become less runny and spreadable as it cools down.

8) To Assemble the cake, place one of the sponges on a serving plate then spread a third of the frosting over the top. Repeat with the remaining sponges until you have all three sponges stacked on top of each other – there should be a layer on frosting on top.

9) Spread the marshmallows out across baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Grill the marshmallows for 30 – 60 seconds or until golden brown – keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

10) Leave the marshmallows to cool slightly, then pile them on top of the cake.

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Halloween Coconut Ice

Today I’m going to share with you my super quick, easy and naturally gluten free Halloween Coconut Ice Recipe.

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Halloween is all about the tricks and treats, and what could be more of a treat than homemade sweets? The trick is how easy these sweets are to make, as they require no cooking or baking – simply knead the ingredients together, press the mixture into a tin and leave it to set overnight.

It’s a great recipe to get the kids involved in, as there is no hot or dangerous equipment to supervise them around, and the more pairs of hands you have to help with the kneading, the better!

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Coconut Ice is traditionally white and pink, but I decided to colour mine yellow and orange as a nod to Candy Corn sweets which are traditionally given out at Halloween in America.

Store your sweets in an airtight container and they will last for up to a month.


Halloween Coconut Ice

Ingredients

1 x 397g condensed milk
400g desiccated coconut
400g icing sugar
Yellow gel food colouring
Orange gel food colouring

Method

1) Lightly grease and line a square baking tin with cling film.

2) In a large mixing bowl, mix the condensed milk, desiccated coconut and icing sugar until the ingredients start to come to together, then using your hands knead the mixture until becomes firm and pliable.  

3) Spilt the mixture into three and leave one-third of the mixture white. Colour one-third of the mixture yellow by adding a small amount of yellow food colouring, then knead the mixture on a surface sprinkled with icing sugar to stop it sticking, until the colour is evenly distributed. Colour the remaining third orange in the same way.

4) Place the yellow mixture into the lined tin and press it down firmly until forms an even layer over the base of the tin. Place small balls of the orange mixture over the yellow layer, and press down firmly until it creates another even layer. Repeat with the white mixture.

5) Once you have finished your layers, leave the mixture to set in the tin overnight.

6) Once it has set, turn your slab of coconut ice out of the tin, then cut it into bite-sized squares and enjoy!

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Gluten Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Pops

If you’re looking for a recipe to help keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays, look no further than my White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Pops recipe.

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You don’t need a cake pop maker or mould to make these – simply crumble up some sponge cake, mix it up with some cream cheese frosting, roll the mixture into golf ball sized pieces, then pop them into the freezer to firm up. Once firm, insert the lolly sticks, dip them in melted chocolate, then get decorating.

Children can help roll the mixture into balls and will enjoy decorating the cake pops however they please – I decorated mine with pieces of freeze-dried raspberry, but you can get creative with colourful sprinkles, popping candy, or even chopped nuts!


Gluten Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Pops

Ingredients

For the cake pops:

125g unsalted butter

125g caster sugar

100g gluten free self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 large egg

2 tbsp milk

200g cream cheese

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

To decorate:

16 cake pop sticks

300g white chocolate

Freeze dried raspberry pieces or sprinkles of your choice.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4.

2. Grease and line an 8-inch cake tin with greaseproof paper.

3. To make the sponge cake, cream together the butter and caster sugar with an electric hand mixer until light a fluffy. Add a tablespoon of flour, then add the eggs a bit a time whilst beating the mixture thoroughly. Fold through the remaining flour, cocoa and baking powder until all the ingredients are fully combined, then fold through the milk.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, then bake for 20 – 25. The cake is ready when is firm to touch. You can check if the middle is cooked by inserting a skewer through the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before turning it out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.

6. Whilst the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting: place the cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until the ingredients are just combined.

7. Once the cake has cooled, crumble it up into a large bowl then fold through the cream cheese icing until you are left with sticky and pliable cake pop mixture.

8. Roll the mixture into 16 golf ball sized pieces then place them onto a baking tray to firm up for 15 minutes.

9. Slowly melt 50g of white chocolate (if you use a microwave make sure it’s on a medium setting so that it doesn’t burn).

10. Dip the tip of a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then gently insert it into one of the cake pops. Repeat until all the cake pops are on sticks and return them to the freezer for a further hour to set completely.

After the cake pops have been on the freezer for one hour, you will notice they are almost completely frozen – this will make it easier to coat them in chocolate as the cake pop won’t melt when it comes in contact with the warm chocolate.  The cake pops will soon be brought back to room temperature and then can be eaten!

11. Melt the remaining chocolate. Dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate one a time, let any excess chocolate drip off, then dip each one into the freeze-dried raspberry pieces or sprinkles of your choice.

If the cake pops are frozen the chocolate will set quickly so you will need to be quite speedy – its worth having a few extra pairs of hands ready to help.

12. Place them onto baking parchment to allow them to finish setting. The cake pops should have a thawed completely after about 5 to 10 minutes, then enjoy!

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Mojito Recipe

Could there be a more perfect summer cocktail than the Mojito? Easy to make and super refreshing – I’ll definitely be making my fair share of these over the the bank holiday weekend.

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I am sure many Mixologists would baulk at the thought of 7up in a Mojito – but l when you don’t have all the ingredients to hand, sometimes you’ve got to improvise! And so, I have named my version of this drink the “mo-chea-to” because it’s not a traditional mojito, but it definitely tastes as good.


Mojito Recipe

Makes 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

Half a lime, cut into four pieces

8 fresh mint leaves, plus extra for garnish 

35ml White Rum 

A dash of 7 Up Free (or Sprite)

A few handfuls of crushed ice

Method: 

1) Place the lime and the mint leaves into glass or a kilner jar. Gently muddle the ingredients until the lime start to release  its juice.

2) Add a few handful of ice, followed by the rum. Top up with 7up and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and a paper straw.

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No Churn Nutella Ice Cream

This week we’ve been enjoying a little heatwave here in the UK – and what could be more perfect for this beautiful weather than an Ice Cream recipe?

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This recipe is inspired by my trip to Torino where I ate some the best Gelato – my favourite flavour was probably cioccolato e nocciole (chocolate and hazelnut) as the ice cream was made with hazelnuts grown in the Piedmont region (which is famous for its hazelnuts).

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My recipe is a no-churn recipe which is a super quick and easy way of making homemade ice cream, without the need of an ice cream maker – this recipe also only requires just 5 ingredients.

The secret to making excellent homemade ice cream is adding a little liquid glucose – this magic ingredient stops the ice cream from freezing too solidly, which means it can be scooped as soon as you take it out of the freezer.


No Churn Nutella Ice Cream

Ingredients

100g Nutella 

1 x 397g tin condensed milk 

300 ml double cream 

2 tsp liquid glucose 

A few handfuls of Chopped hazelnuts 

Method:

1) In a large bowl, mix together the Nutella and condensed milk.

2) Pour in the cream and add the liquid glucose, then whisk the ingredients using an electric whisk until it begins to thicken.

3) Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze for a least 6 hours.

4) Once the ice cream has frozen scatter across the hazelnuts, then serve!

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Gluten Free Easter: Mini Egg Brownies

What could be more perfect for Easter than Brownies? Especially my Gluten Free Mini Egg Brownies, which are packed so full of chocolate they are guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of chocoholics.

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I honestly don’t know what I’d do if Mini Eggs weren’t gluten free as they are my favourite Easter treat – they are also a great addition to brownies as they add a bit of crunch.

Be aware that Cadbury’s mini eggs contain Maltodextrin, which whilst being a gluten free ingredient can sometimes prove troublesome for Coeliacs. But the good news is, there are a couple of supermarket alternatives out there which don’t contain maltodextrin, including Micro Easter Eggs from Sainsbury’s and Chicky Choccy Eggs from M&S.

I have also been informed, that whilst Mini Eggs are definitely gluten free in the UK, in the US they may contain gluten due to potential cross-contamination risks during the manufacturing process.

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Gluten Free Brownies 

Ingredients

200g unsalted butter
200g Dark Chocolate (85% Cocoa solids)
80g gluten free self-raising flour
60g cocoa powder
250g light brown caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 x 90g packets of Cadbury Mini Eggs, chilled

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4, then grease and line a rectangular baking tray with baking parchment.

2) Heat the butter, chocolate and sugar together in a large saucepan over a low heat. Leave to cool slightly, then stir in the flour and cocoa powder.

3) Add the eggs one a time, beating the mixture vigorously in between each addition. Once the mixture has turned thick and glossy transfer it to the prepared tray, then scatter across the chilled mini eggs.

4) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the brownies are firm to touch. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Gluten Free Easter – Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Easter is fast approaching and although the weather has been unseasonably cold I have still been enjoying all the delightful treats the season has to offer.

One of my favourite Easter treats is a hot cross bun slathered in butter; and although I am quite keen on making a lot of my food from scratch I have little time and patience for attempting gluten free bread.

This is where my Hot Cross Bun Muffins come in…

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Some may consider it lazy, but making Hot Cross Buns in muffin form is the easiest way to get your Hot Cross Buns fix without the hassle of actually making bread.

As well as being gluten free, this recipe can easily be made dairy free by changing the milk for a dairy free alternative.

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Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun Muffins 

Ingredients

For the muffins:

200g mixed dried fruit (I used sultanas/raisins/mixed peel)
300g gluten free self raising flour
Zest of an orange (save the juice for the icing)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g light brown sugar
2 large eggs
100 ml sunflower oil
200 ml milk (or dairy free alternative)

For the crosses:

100g icing sugar

1 – 2 tbsp of orange juice

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4, then  line a muffin tin with muffin cases.

2) In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, orange zest, cinnamon and mixed spice.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil and milk until combined.

4) Gently mix together all the ingredients using a wooden spoon until you are left with a batter which is only just combined (don’t worry too much if there are any lumps), then stir through the dried fruit.

5) Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of batter into each muffin case, then bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.

6) Leave the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack, while you make icing.

7) To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with 1 – 2 tablespoons of orange juice or water, then mix until the ingredients form a pipeable paste.

8) Transfer the icing to a piping bag and pipe a cross onto each muffin.

Be sure to store the muffins in an air tight container and they will last for 4 to 5 days!

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