Monday, 19 March 2012

We Shall Eat Cake

We had a little birthday party to attend yesterday. Some of the food was going to be failsafe, but I needed to take cake for us. It's something that drives me a bit nuts. Not the taking of cake, I don't mind that. It's the going to the effort of making cake and then my son deciding he doesn't want to eat it. This has been happening a lot. He has decided that he doesn't like vanilla cake anymore, nor does he like caramel cake. These have been my easy fall back cakes, but he is over them, so I offered to make something different. I offered pear, lemon or carob. Completely out of left field, he chose the carob. We're not big fans of carob here; he eats it sometimes, but it has taken me a real long time to stop gagging at the smell. It is easy enough to convert a chocolate cake recipe to carob and I decided to team that with a caramel icing. He didn't like the icing, but the cake was good. The cake was actually so good that I (who gag at the thought of carob) enjoyed some. So today I experimented with something else - Marshmallow frosting. Bingo! We have a winning combination.

The cake was adapted from a Hummingbird Bakery book that I own and the frosting is straight from Martha Stewart

Carob Cupcakes makes about 24 patty sized cakes
  • 200g plain gluten free flour (I used white wings)
  • 40g carob powder
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 90g nuttelex
  • 220mls rice milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 170℃
  2. Put flour, carob, sugar, baking powder, salt and nuttelex in the bowl of an electric mixer (or you can use a hand held mixer) and beat on a slow speed until everything is combined and it looks sandy.
  3. Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together in a jug and slowly pour half into the flour mixture. Beat on high until it is smooth
  4. Turn the mixer back to slow and add the rest of the milk mixture. Continue mixing until you have a smooth batter. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon the mixture into patty cases until two thirds full (don't be tempted to over fill them, it is a very runny cake batter and it will overflow)
  6. Bake for about 15 mins or until cake springs back when lightly touched or a skewer comes out clean. 
  7. Cool on racks.

  1. 6 egg whites 
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3/8 tsp cream of tartar
  4. dash vanilla essence
  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Turn down to a gentle simmer.
  2. Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar into a heatproof bowl and place on saucepan. Make sure the water isn't touching the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Using electric hand beaters, beat on a slow speed until the sugar is completely dissolved and the egg feels warm (approx 3-4 mins).
  4. Take the bowl off the heat and keep beating at increasing speeds until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form (8-10 mins)
  5. Add vanilla, beat until combined. Scoop into a piping bag and decorate cakes as desired.

Variations - Amines - Use cocoa
                    If you have a little blow torch, you could use it lightly on the frosting for a toasted marshmallow finish. (I have one. I have yet to figure out how to get the gas into it.)

The biscuit on top is half an Orgran Rotondo which is almost failsafe.

These cakes are deliciously moist and you won't want to stop at one.


  1. These look amazing. Where did you get the paper pans?

    1. Thank you! I bought the papers from a local cheap shop. Not that they were particularly cheap, about $6 for 24.