Eva’s Gluten and Dairy Free 1st Birthday Cake

Serves 10

Description

If you are just gluten free you can easily buy these chocolate cigarillos online.  If you are dairy free as well then some stores have dark chocolate cigarillos that don’t contain milk but I couldn’t find any without a may contain warning so I made my own.  Rather than trying to explain how I made them I thought it best to check out the options for how these are made in this handy guide: http://thechocolateaddict.com/blog/2013/09/24/how-to-make-an-oh-so-elegant-chocolate-cigarette/

Ingredients

For the chocolate sponge:

For the frosting:

Others:

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC
  2. Cream the dairy free spread and sugar together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and ground rice and beat well to combine
  5. Add the milk and mix in
  6. Line two 8 inch round baking pans
  7. Divide the cake mixture between the two tins
  8. Smooth out the top of the cakes with a spatula
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  10. Remove the cakes from the oven and cake pans and allow to cool on a wire rack
  11. Make the frosting by beating together the dairy free spread, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and icing sugar
  12. Use some of the frosting to sandwich the cakes together
  13. Place on a cake board
  14. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the chocolate frosting
  15. Gently press the cigarillos into the side of the cake so they form a collar all the way round
  16. Allow to set in the fridge for an hour
  17. Push one of the skewers into the centre of the cake and thread the straw over the top of the skewer
  18. Use the melted chocolate to attach the smarties to the straw, stopping when you reach the bend in the straw
  19. Trim the remaining skewer so it is just a little longer than the paper bag you have
  20. Stick the skewer into the bend in the straw
  21. Balance the bag on the skewer so it looks like it is pouring out the smarties
  22. Decorate the top of the cake with the remaining dairy free chocolate sweets,  I used a mixture of different treats