Here at The Mummysphere HQ I have to cater for a couple of food allergies. The practical reality is that I have had to up my game in the kitchen as it isn’t easy to find substitutes for absolutely everything. Regular readers might have noticed that things have gone a bit Batman crazy in this house recently, which resulted in a request for a Batman birthday cake. So here we have a delicious, dairy free, apricot tray bake – which also does the job as a very easy Batman cake!
Ingredients for my Easy Batman Cake
You will need:
- 225g Stork dairy free baking block
- 225g caster sugar
- 275g self raising flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 large eggs
- 125g dried apricots (without sulphites)
Watch the Vlog: How to Make This Easy Batman Cake
How To Make My Easy Batman Cake
First you need to preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C fan. Then take a 32 x 20cm tray bake or brownie tray and coat the inside with Cake Release or Stork.
Next, measure out your apricots and chop them into small chunks. Then measure the Stork, caster sugar, self raising flour, baking powder and eggs into a mixer and mix well until you have a smooth batter. Then add the apricots and mix until the apricots are evenly distributed.
Pour the mix into the tray and gently ease the mixture to the edges of the tray. Bake on the middle shelf for 30-35 minutes.
When the cake is baked, take it out of the oven carefully and leave it to cool completely in the tin, on a cooling rack.
For my Easy Batman Cake Icing You Will Need:
- 200g icing sugar (US confectioner’s sugar)
- yellow food colouring
- yellow fondant
- black fondant
- freezer bag
- rolling pin
- greaseproof paper
- Batman symbol template
Take your Batman symbol template and cut out the oval and bat shapes with your scissors.
Then take the yellow fondant and knead it. As you knead it the fondant warms and becomes more pliable. Dust your work surface with a little icing sugar and then roll out the fondant until you have a flat surface large enough for your oval shape. Gently place your oval template on top of the fondant and cut out your oval shape. Smooth the edges of the fondant shape with your fingers and then place it on greaseproof paper on a flat surface.
Next, take your black fondant and knead the fondant until it is pliable. Dust your work surface with a little icing sugar and then roll out the fondant until you have a flat surface large enough for your bat shape. Gently place the template on the fondant and cut around your bat shape with a knife. As before, you can smooth the edges of your bat shape with your fingers. Then, dip your finger in the water and rub a little onto the back of your bat shape. Place the bat shape in the centre of your yellow oval and press down lightly. You can then put your bat symbol to one side.
Next up is the water icing. Take your icing sugar and slowly add around 4 tablespoons of cold tap water, mixing until the icing is smooth but not too runny. Then take a cocktail stick and add a small amount of yellow food colouring to the water icing. Mix the food colouring in until you have a bowl of bright yellow icing.
Take the freezer bag and pour the icing into the bag. Take your cake (which should now be cool) and snip the very tip of one corner of the freezer bag off. Drizzle, squizzle or squiggle the icing all over the cake. I opt for a Jackson Pollock-esque diagonal squiggling (definitely a technical baking term) of the icing. Once the water icing is sufficiently squiggled you can place the fondant Bat symbol in the centre of the cake and leave the icing to set.
The final flourish is an indoor firework – which makes any cake look AMAZING.
Enjoy Bat fans!
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