This was my first attempt at 'proper' cake decorating. I love baking and cooking and would love to do more cake decorating but rarely have a good reason from spending the time and money on ingredients and supplies. (As I need to build a stock of materials - food dyes, icing, moulds - but I'm a poor student haha).
Anyway. This cake was for my sister, Ruth 21st birthday (shes in the photos). Yoshi is her favourite Super Mario Bros character.
Step 1: Recipe
This is a gluten free, Recipe. Ruth isn't wheat intolerant, but I am, so all my flour is gluten free, and she told me she loved my coconut pound cake when I made it before.
I want to make it 3 tiered so I doubled the recipe.
The normal recipe makes a 9x5x3 inch loaf
G.F. Coconut Pound Cake Ingredients (Double) Single 9x5x3inch loaf Quantity
300g Gluten Free Flour 150g Gluten Free Flour
2tsp Baking Powder 1tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2tsp Xanthan Gum (optional) 3/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2tsp Salt 1/4tsp Salt
300g Sugar (White granulated) 150g Sugar
360g Butter (unsalted, room temp.) 185g Butter
300g Desiccated Coconut 150g Desiccated Coconut
3large Eggs 3large Eggs
3tbsp Milk 3tbsp Milk
1 1/2tsp Vanilla extract 1 1/2tsp Vanilla
***Note on Xanthan Gum - This is a powder used to in gluten free baking to help food bind and rise, (gluten is an elastic protein that makes bread rise). If your using normal flour, omit the xanthan gum.
(I haven't really noticed much difference using it.)
***Variations - Don't like Coconut? Why not try an Apple Spice Cake -
add 1tsp Cinnamon, 1tsp Nutmeg, 1tsp Allspice, 3 Apples (peeled and cored), 1/2cup Raisins.
3 3/4 Icing Sugar
1/2cup Butter (soft)
1tsp Vanilla extract
The frosting is to layer over the cake before covering it with fondant.
Multiple packets of white icing dyed - red, black, yellow.
Pre coloured packet of Blue and Green Icing.
Food colouring - Brown, green, black, red, yellow.
3 circular baking trays
General baking equipment (bowls, spoons, knife, electric mixer etc)
Paint brushes(for painting food dye and washing water onto decorations, like glue to stick to the cake)
Rolling pin (dusting flour)
Cake serving plate/tray/board
Bowls of water (to stick decoration onto cake)