A Funfetti Baking Fail (Gluten Free)

After popping into Waitrose today and picking up a mini loaf tin (it was on sale!), I decided I should probably use it straight away to justify buying it. So I looked up some recipes and created my own to suit my 15x9cm tin.

If you would like to recreate this you will need:

  • 125g softened unsalted butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 125g Light brown sugar (8 Tbsp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 125g gluten free flour (8 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Approx 35g hundreds and thousands

To begin with preheat your oven to gas Mark 4 then cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Once you have creamed together the butter and sugar in a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum.

Add the two eggs and vanilla essence to the creamed butter and sugar. You may wish to add a table spoon of your flour mixture at this point to prevent it from curdling.

Once you have mixed in the eggs add the flour until all is combined. At this stage I found that it was quite stiff and added a tablespoon of milk.

Then add the funfetti and spoon into your tin.

Now my oven is rubbish and therefore this cake took about an hour to bake, however I think after 40 minutes just keep checking it! The edges began to catch so I put foil on mine for the last 15 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool before icing.

How to make the buttercream:

  • 250g icing sugar (16 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 125g softened unsalted butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Food colouring

Cream together the butter and icing sugar, unfortunately I don’t have an electric whisk but if you do own one I recommend using it!

Once you have creamed the sugar and butter add in the vanilla essence and milk until it is of a piping consistency.

Then add the food colouring, do this a drop at a time and mix so that you achieve your desired colour. The colour tends to quickly darken so patience is key and just keep adding a little at a time.

I then piped around the cake, unfortunately my kitchen was like a sauna and the buttercream began to melt towards the end!

Whilst there was no sign of the funfetti they had melted into the mix and given the cake a deliciously sweet taste. This is definitely one cake I will be making again!


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