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         Fruity Birthday Cake (wheat and gluten free)

In the first episode of Life with the Large Family on DVD, Laura Large needs flour for her school cooking project, but baby sister Lucy has managed to tip the bag all over herself. The shop is closed, and the car’s broken down. Flour Power is a fun and adventurous story all about helping, sharing and working together.  

Inspired by this episode, celebrity teenage chef Sam Stern has created a special cake recipe for children to make with their parents, but assures us nothing can go wrong!. 

Sam says…  “Some kids can’t eat stuff made with wheat flour or gluten as they’re allergic. But why should they miss out? Make this really cool fruity birthday cake. Get rice flour & gum from your local health food shop and enjoy!”

For one cake you will need:
150g/5oz    caster sugar
Life with the Large family DVD BBC
   6               medium eggs

   2 drops    natural vanilla extract
150g/5oz    rice flour

1 teaspoon xanthum gum

For the filling you will need:
Raspberry or strawberry jam (reduced sugar is healthier!)
Fresh raspberries/strawberries

Here’s the equipment you’ll need:
20 cm/8in loose bottomed spring-form cake tin
Greaseproof paper
Kitchen scales
1 large mixing bowl
A sieve for sifting
Electric whisk
A large metal spoon
A spatula
2 cooling racks

What to do:
 Get the family into the kitchen. Find your ingredients and equipment. Wash your hands and put your aprons on.   

2.    Ask an adult to pre-heat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3. 

3.    Grease your cake tin. 

4.    Line the base and sides of the tin with greaseproof paper. Coat the base of the tin with a little rice flour. 

5.    Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric whisk till the mixture is pale, very thick with a mousse texture. 

6.    Sift the rice flour and gum onto the mixture. Add vanilla extract. 

7.    Fold the flour in very gently using a large metal spoon with large, light movements until there are no white bits left. 

8.    Pour the mixture into the cake tin.  

9.    Bake for 20-30 minutes. When done it should be golden on top and firm to touch. Stick a cocktail stick in, it should come out clean. 

10. Ask an adult to take the cake out of the oven and put it onto a cooling rack (wearing oven gloves).  Carefully remove the cake from tin and peel off the greaseproof paper.   

11. Place another cooling rack on top and turn the cake upside down. Remove the base of the tin and paper. 

12. When the cake has cooled, ask an adult to slice across with a long, sharp knife to make equal halves.  

13. Spread with jam and add lots of fresh berries for a fruity filling. 

14. Enjoy your cake with your family on the day you make it.

 Cooking Up A Storm - The Teen Survival Cookbook


Sam Stern’s book,
 Cooking Up a Storm, is out now, priced at £9.99.

 Life with the Large Family is released on DVD on 28th April 2008, priced at £12.99.




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