Party Idea: Cat Cake (Gluten Free, Low Fodmap)

My daughter Tayla is cat mad, whether its domesitc or tiger, she adores them, and is a cat owner herself, we bought  her a Lilac Burmese show cat for her 9th birthday so she could go to cat shows with her cat Mollie with my mum.   Earlier in the year for both her birthday and my mums birthday (my mum loves cats too and has 5 show cats) we made these cat cakes.   These can easily be made gluten free by using my gluten free vanilla cake recipe https://mycleanplate.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/simple-vanilla-gluten-lactose-free-cake-includes-lactose-free-butter-cream-low-fodmap/

You will need 2 batches of the cake recipe.  Fill one round cake pan with the normal amount of batter and with the 2nd lot of batter you will make the ears and ‘cheeks’ .  Fill 3 cupcakes wrappers and remaining batter put in another cake pan.   The cupackes will have less cooking time too.    Once cooled the main cake for the face you will need to slice across the top to even out.   The other spare cake you will cut 2 triangles for the ears then remove your cupcakes from the wrappers and use 2 to place on the lower part of the face cake, I like to use a little icing under or jam to hold in place.  Prepare your butter cream using butter (or dairy free margarine) – see link.   You will then need gluten free lollies (if low fodmap make sure they are fructose friendly too to make the eyes and ears, mouth, whiskers. Or use a piping bag with small nozzle to pipe on the extra bits.

This recipe can also make cupcakes, I have lots of cupcakes ideas, mostly use normal flour but can easily be adapted to be gluten free and/or low fodmap.  Remember though, for low fodmap dieters there is still alot of sugar in this recipe from the buttercream, so dont go overboard, stick to a small slice.  I know it will be hard!

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Simple Vanilla Gluten & Lactose Free Cake with buttercream (Low FODMAP)

Gluten free baking can be very tricky and I have lots of recipes that call for using 3-4 different flours.  But sometimes you just want to whip up a quick cake and not worry about not having all these different flours and still have an amazing tasting cake….well here’s an amazingly quick, simple and great tasting gluten free cake recipe!  It’s something I triall ed today and its awesome woo hoo.  I made a lactose free vanilla ‘butter’ cream too.  The perfect birthday cake recipe too.  I made a mini cake using mini spring form pans.  Can make one larger cake or 4 smaller cakes (using the mini spring form pans) which you can in turn use 2 sandwiched together with jam and ‘butter’ cream like what I have done here. I used fresh strawberries thinly sliced to layer between the cakes with some ‘butter’ cream and topped the cake with sliced strawberries and dark (70%) lindt chocolate.  Edited to add that in one of my low fodmap books they have used butter in some recipes, upon googling butter (not margarine) seems to be suitable on a low fodmap diet.  So feel free to use proper butter 🙂

Simple Vanilla Gluten & Lactose Free Cake

1 cake serves 8-10 people

1 cup Self Raising gluten free flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

125 gram dairy free spread, softened

2 Tbl gluten free cornflour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1/3 cup lactose free milk (zymil, almond, rice milk)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Grease and line the bottom of a spring form pan (or mini pans) (just place a square piece of baking paper over the bottom and put the side bit over the top and close then spray lightly with olive oil spray.

Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and eggs.   Mix in flours and baking powder until combined.

Pour into pan and bake for approx 30 minutes (or about 20 minutes for smaller ones) until golden on top, you can insert a skewer and if comes out clean cake is cooked.  Let cool a few minutes and then take out the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

For the ‘butter’ cream.   I make this so often I dont measure but I will give you a rough guide.

100 grams dairy free spread (nuttelex)

4 cups gluten free icing sugar

2-3 Tbl lactose free milk

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

food colouring (optional)

Beat spread in a mixer (or hand held mixer) and slowly add icing sugar, if mixture gets stiff just add a tablespoon of lactose free milk, add one at a time until its the right consistancy to spread.  Beat in Vanilla and colouring if required.

Variations:

Chocolate

As above omitting vanilla and adding 2-4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Lemon or lime:

As above omitting  vanilla and milk and using lemon or lime juice in place of milk.

Mocha

Warm 1 tablespoon of the milk from the ‘butter’ cream recipe above and stir in 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules.

Add remaining milk

Sift 2 tablespoons cocoa powder with sugar and mix into the milk.  Add to the icing sugar mix and beat to combine.

Choc Mint

Omit vanilla from ‘butter’ cream recipe and add 2-4 tablespoons of cocoa and about 1/2 tsp peppermint essence.