Mondays are weird, aren’t they? You want to treat yourself because it’s the beginning of the week but at the same time, you spent the weekend over-indulging so you feel that you should try and be healthy. What are you supposed to do?
Well…I might have the answer in the form of a pre-made cake mix that is free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar but is absolutely LUSH! I know you’re feeling rather dubious right now and so was I when I picked up the box at my local Morrisons, but I promise this is good!
All you need to make the cake is some oil, milk (or water for the vegan option) and an egg (or more oil). Does anyone check this stuff while in the supermarket though? I sure didn’t, so I replaced my oil with butter because that’s what I had in the fridge.
It’s a pretty simple process of combining ingredients and then popping them in the oven, but I will say that during the mixing phase, I got pretty much all of the mixture stuck on the whisk so I added a glug of water to loosen it up. Still, it was quite sticky:
Don’t worry too much about the stickiness but if it seems excessively dry, add water because gluten free flour can be very thirsty and nobody wants a dry cake.
When I took my cakes out of the oven, they looked like they’d risen quite well but by the time I’d turned them out, I had this:
Despite the less than appetising looking cakes, I rocked on with my plan. Once they were cool, I put a thin layer of St. Dalfour raspberry jam in the middle and sprinkled icing sugar on top – to try and make it look better!
I know, I get it…it looks pretty rubbish and seriously, how can using a pre-made mix be that difficult!?! You overestimate my baking prowess…if it goes in the oven rather than on the hob, it’s a disaster for me.
BUT, this wasn’t a disaster. It didn’t taste like talcum powder but actually tasted like chocolate cake and was fabulously moist! Even the BF ate his way through a good chunk of the cake.
So, the moral of this story is appearances aren’t everything, it’s what’s inside that counts. And on that note, I shall leave you to your cake-mix baking 🙂