My oldest niece chose a superhero them for her birthday party yesterday and cake was on the menu. The previous night I baked a chocolate birthday cake and gingerbread biscuits while E looked after Sylvia. Then on Friday, Sylvia and I headed down to my parents’ place where the party was taking place.
Next was the ceremonial blowing out of candles on the cake following singing happy birthday by candle light. The cake was a success. Susie and Grace were happy to have a gluten free cake. It tasted good to everyone else (although when I took a piece home to E he made a funny face at the liquorice on top). Quin was very pleased with her cake and helped out with the liquorice outlines around the edges.
I have reposted the recipe because it was originally posted on my first blog post for the Vampire Cake and I was pleased to find it still worked well with regular milk rather than evaporated milk and marmalade rather than raspberry jam (and mixing the baking powder in the cake tin when I realised at the last moment that I had forgot it). I have also posted step by step instructions on making the cake, though it was fairly straightforward.
- “Aquaman’s Lament” - Mark Aaron James
- “Flash” - Queen
- “Looking out for a hero” - Bonnie Tyler
- “Ode to a Superhero” - Weird Al Yankovic
- “Spiderman” - The Ramones
- “Sunshine Superman” - Donovan
- “Superman” - Laurie Anderson
- “Superman” - REM
- “The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Be in Love” - Flaming Lips
- “Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe it or not)” - Joey Scarboro
- “Waitin’ For A Superman” - The Flaming Lips
How to make a Superhero Kapow Cake
- Make one Heavenly Chocolate Cake using recipe below. (If you don't want a gluten free one you can make any cake that holds its shape - check out this cake or my other novelty cakes for other ideas.)
- Cover a large tray with foil – I used a baking tray – and place cake on foil.
- Take a sharp knife and carefully cut zig zag shapes around the edge of the cake.
- Set chunks of cake aside (we iced them with extra icing and piled them on a plate next to the large cake).
- Use a dry pastry brush to brush away any crumbs.
- Mix up some blue icing (frosting) by mixing icing sugar, some hot water and a few drops of blue food colouring to make a spreadable paste It should be a lurid bright blue.
- Spread blue icing over the cake. Ideally I would ice around the sides but as I didn’t have much time I just iced the top of the cake.
- If you have time, let blue icing dry so when you pipe the yellow word on it is less likely to bleed into the blue.
- Take thin strips of liquorice and cut to lay along the jagged edges of the cake.
- Make a very thick bright yellow icing.
- Spoon yellow icing into a icing gun or other piping contraption (if you don’t have one you could fill a snaplock plastic bag with icing and snip a small hole in the corner.)
- Sketch the word (Kapow, Bam, Biff, Pow etc) you want to use on a piece of paper. Use a sharp knife to lightly copy your word onto the blue icing to check it fits well - you should just scrape the top of the icing, especially as you may need to smooth with a hot wet knife and rewrite if it doesn't look right.
- Pipe the word onto the cake using thick letters.
- If you have enough yellow icing you could also pipe it around the edge of the cake on the inside of the liquorice strips. This is optional. You could also use liquorice strips on the other side of the yellow outline so it is had the dark outlines like in comics – but I didn’t.
- Cut thin strips of liquorice to outline the words.
- If you don’t want candles on the cake you could use some of the chunks of cake cut from the edges to hold the candles.
Adapted from my previous version of this cake
1 cup soy flour
¾ cup 100% corn flour (cornstarch)
2 teaspoon GF baking powder
½ cup cocoa
1¼ cups sugar
150g melted butter
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup milk
1 mashed banana
2 tablespoons marmalade (or other jam)
Grease and line a lamington tin (30 x 20cm). Preheat oven to 180 C.
Place flours, baking powder, cocoa sugar, butter, vinegar and milk into a large bowl beat with electric beater on low speed for 1 minute. Add eggs, banana and jam and beat on medium speed for two minutes.
Pour cake mix into prepared tin (it is quite runny). Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes or until cooked. Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes, turn onto wire rack to cool. Sandwich cakes together with whipped cream.
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