These days, more and more of us are adapting our diets, either through choice or because we are managing allergies and food intolerances.
At Christmas, when we are likely to have more visitors than usual, wouldn’t it be good to know that, no matter what your guests’ nutritional needs are, you can offer them something special and tasty – for example a gluten free Christmas cake.
This year Tesco’s Christmas campaign is “Everyone’s Welcome” and to prove the point they sent us their Tesco Free From Christmas Jumper Cake Kit to try.
It’s a vanilla cake mix with a decorating kit, all packed up in one little box so it would be easy to keep in the cupboard just in case.
The kit contains four sachets – vanilla cake mix, icing mix, chocolate drops and coloured sprinkles. You need to supply 225g dairy free spread and 3 medium eggs (or egg substitute). You’ll also need greaseproof paper to create your cake template.
Make sure you keep the box because when you open it out you’ll find your template for the Christmas jumper. All you do is trace the outline of the jumper on to some greaseproof paper, cut it out and place to one side until your cake is baked.
Caitlin was tasked with creating the template which she took very seriously.
To help us out, we were also sent a lovely Acacia mixing spoon made from handcrafted wood, a non-slip 4 litre mixing bowl and a Homebake Superior square baking pan from Tesco Go Cook range.
Assembling the cake is easy. Simply place the contents of the vanilla cake mix sachet in a bowl with the eggs, spread and a tablespoon of water and mix. That’s it!
25 minutes later (Gas Mark 4) you have a lovely golden cake ready for cutting into a jumper shape and decorating.
Once the cake has cooled, place it bottom side up on a flat plate or board and put your template on top. Carefully cut round your template to create your jumper-shaped cake.
Then, turn the cake the right side up and prepare your icing.
Once again, this was a doddle – add 100g dairy free spread or butter to the contents of the icing mix sachet and mix until smooth. I had to add a little hot water to get a smoother consistency.
Cover the cake top and sides and smooth.
Then you are ready to decorate.
Now this is the part where we came slightly unstuck. You are supposed to melt the chocolate drops in the microwave and then return the melted chocolate to the sachet they came in. Snipping off the bottom of the sachet is supposed to create a piping bag.
I found the chocolate drops difficult to melt – probably due to the cold weather! Getting the chocolate back in the bag is a bit of a struggle and piping it was equally difficult.
Rather than have random chocolate blogs on top of my nice white cake, I let the kids go mad with the sprinkles.
You may be more creative than me (it’s entirely possible!) but next time I’ll add the chocolate drops as they are.
I think our creation is perfectly acceptable and looks just as exciting as a non ‘free from’ cake would look.
The Tesco Free From Christmas Jumper Cake kit retails at £4.50 and you’ll need to stock up quick because it will only be available for delivery until 23rd December. It’s a great choice for a gluten free Christmas cake.