Recipe

The 'still really terrific' at two cake

Try this gorgeous blue gluten-free cake for your child's second birthday party. The number 2 cake pan can be hired from cake decorating shops.

  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 18
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Ingredients

The 'still really terrific' at two cake
  • 5cm x 34cm (6-inch x 13½-inch) number 2 cake pan
  • 3 x 470g (15-ounce) packets gluten-free vanilla cake mix
  • 35cm x 45cm (14-inch x 18-inch) rectangular cake board
  • 1/3 cup (110g) apricot jam (conserve), warmed, strained
  • 900 gram (1¾ pounds) ready-made white icing
  • 1/2 cup (80g) pure icing (confectioners') sugar
  • blue food colouring
Glacé icing
  • 2 cup (160g) pure icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water, approximately
  • 1/2 cup (2 sachets) gluten-free sprinkles

Method

The 'still really terrific' at two cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease 5cm x 34cm (6-inch x 13½-inch) number 2 cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Make cakes according to directions on packets. Spread mixture into pan; bake about 40 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 3
    Level cake top; position cake on 35cm x 45cm (14-inch x 18-inch) rectangular cake board, brush cake all over with warmed jam.
  • 4
    Knead ready-made icing on a surface dusted with sifted icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness; tint pale blue. Roll out half the icing until 5mm (¼-inch) thick. Using rolling pin, lift icing over bottom half of cake. Using sugared hands, mould icing over top and sides of cake; trim neatly around base.
  • 5
    Repeat with remaining icing for top half of cake, carefully joining in the middle.
  • 6
    Make glacé icing: sift icing sugar into a medium heatproof bowl, stir in enough water to give a firm paste. Tint a darker blue than the icing on the cake. Stir the paste over a medium saucepan of hot water (don't let the water touch the base of the bowl) until icing is spreadable; do not overheat. The bottom of the bowl should feel warm (not hot) to the touch. Use immediately.
  • 7
    Using picture as a guide, and working quickly, spread glacé icing over cake. Decorate cake with sprinkles immediately, before icing sets.

Notes

You need a 5cm x 34cm (6-inch x 13½-inch) number 2 cake pan and a 35cm x 45cm (14-inch x 18-inch) rectangular cake board. We found it easier to cover half the cake at a time with the ready-made icing. This stage can be done up to two days ahead of the party. Complete the cake up to 4 hours ahead. For a completely gluten-free cake, make sure you buy gluten-free sprinkles; they should be free from wheat starch, so check the ingredient list. You can substitute ordinary cake mix for the gluten-free mix, if no one has a gluten allergy. The number 2 cake pan can be hired from cake decorating shops.

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