Chocolate Bean Party Cake

gluten-free dairy-free


200g (7oz) gluten-free flour
2 1/2 x 5ml spoons (2 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
1/4 x 5ml spoon (1/4 teaspoon) xanthan gum
250g (9oz) dairy-free margarine
250g (9oz) caster sugar
50g (2oz) cocoa powder, sieved
4 large eggs
few drops vanilla essence

gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate beans

What to do:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180'C / 350'F / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Lightly oil a 9 x13 inch deep cake tin and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sieve the gluten-free flour, gluten-free baking powder, xanthan gum and cocoa powder together.
  4. Add the dairy-free margarine, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and whisk until light and fluffy.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and gently smooth over the top.
  6. Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then turn out on to a cooling rack.
    Ingredients for the dairy-free milk chocolate butter icing:

    200g (8oz) dairy-free margarine 
    450g (16oz) icing sugar, sieved
    8 x 5ml spoons (8 tsp) cocoa
    2 x 5ml spoons (2 tsp) vanilla essence

    What to do:
    1. Cream the dairy-free margarine.
    2. Sieve the icing sugar with the cocoa powder, then cream together with the margarine and vanilla essence.
    3. Use to completely coat the cooled cake.
    4. Cover the cake with gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate beans. 

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