One of my favourite things about Christmas is the food; the mince pies, the pigs in blankets, the cake… Everything carb heavy and bad for you, really.
These days however, we now we have to be a bit more careful because the small one is intolerant to wheat and buying festive treats on a whim isn’t really fair on him. Unfortunately for him, I’m not the world’s most accomplished baker, so apart from one Christmas before he was born where I went a bit nuts and made gluten free shortbread for everyone, I’ve never really attempted much in the way of gluten free baking.
But no one should miss out on yummy treats at Christmas; and fortunately Tesco sent us the BIGGEST present, just for him!
Inside was everything we would need to make an amazing dairy and gluten free Christmas jumper cake.
It still looked (and tasted) better than I expected ours to, to be honest.
And so, we took Tesco up on the challenge of making our very own Free From Christmas Jumper cake from their Vanilla Christmas Jumper Cake kit.
I harnessed the support of my sister, who is a cake making and decorating whizz…. This is going to be easy, I thought. She can do the work and I can take pictures. Grand.
She then got poorly and couldn’t help us out.
Still, even I can make a cake from a packet!
The instructions for this one are ridiculously simple; add three eggs (or egg substitute), 120g of butter or dairy free spread and a 1tbsp of water (which I didn’t put in because I’m just that clever but you try refereeing two children who want to mix a cake together).
It didn’t come out too badly, all things considered.
Using the template from inside the box, I cut the cake into a jumper shape (and scoffed the offcuts. Not bad)…
And then, when it cooled, we used the icing sugar included mixed with more butter to make frosting, and decorated our gluten free cake. The small one got to choose the colour and of course it was his decidedly un-festive favourite, blue.
I won’t lie, my frosting skills are terrible. I should just tell a white lie and say that four year old did it really but I’m way too honest. They did however have free reign with the sprinkles…
The results weren’t too shabby (for young children, I reckon).
This particular pudding went down very well with both of my (gluten-free and non-gluten free) children.
A work of art it may not be, but it tasted pretty good.
For a gluten free ready-mix cake, it was really rather yummy.
Now wish me luck as I attempt to get two sugar-filled children into bed in a few hours…
This post was created in collaboration with Tesco, who provided us with everything we needed to create our Free From Christmas Jumper Cake masterpiece.
You can get my awesome Christmas jumper (as seen across my social media!) here.
The Tesco Free From Vanilla Christmas Jumper Cake kit cake kit costs £4.50, and you can buy your own kit in store or online here.