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Dalek cake

T’bf is a massive Doctor Who nerd, so while he was tromping around the Doctor Who exhibition in London, I was busily constructing a surprise birthday cake Dalek. Dalek Cake (exterminate! exterminate!) is made out of swiss rolls, icing and minstrels, with toothpicks, tinfoil and glace cherries standing in for plunger etc. and comes from a 1960s episode of Blue Peter.

I had less than an hour to construct him, so everything was shop bought and he had a tendency to fall over (quite hard to get the bottom even) so I am propping him up for the photo. But should you want to make your own Dalek Cake, you can watch the Blue Peter clip online.

T’bf may have squealed, which, you know, job done! :D

Other baking done this weekend, although sans photo, was my first attempt at a cake made with gluten free flour to take along to a housewarming. I’m using Dove Farm’s gluten free flour and their victoria sponge recipe from the back of the package. It didn’t rise as much as I’d expected it to but it was still substantial, very light crumb and didn’t have the gritty texture you sometimes get with gluten free flour and everyone who ate some enjoyed it. Hooray! Recipe behind the jump…

Gluten Free Victoria Sponge
Doves Farm flour recipe

150 g Butter
150 g Caster Sugar
2 drops Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
5 ml Baking Powder
150 g Gluten Free Plain White Flour
45 ml Milk
45 ml Jam
5 ml Icing Sugar

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Beat in the baking powder, flour and milk.
Divide the mixture between 2 oiled and lined 20cm/8″ round baking tins.
Bake in a pre heated oven for 15/20 minutes.
Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack to cool.
Spread jam on top of one sponge and place the other on top.
Dust the top with sieved icing sugar.

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