On your shopping list for the chocolate cake recipe and dairy free frosting:
Rice flour - 2 cups
Cocoa powder - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tablespoon
A pinch of salt
Dairy and soy free shortening - 1 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Eggs - 4
Almond or rice milk - 1 cups
Maple syrup or mixed fruit jam - cup
Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
Powdered sugar - 2 cups (you can use confectioner's sugar also)
Dairy free margarine - cup
Almond milk - cup
Cocoa powder - cup
Vanilla essence - teaspoon
Mixed fruit jam
Edible silver balls and colored chocolate gems
Edible sugar toppings
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease a 9 inch baking pan and set aside.
In a deep bowl, stir the eggs and add the sugar and shortening. To mix it well use an electric blender until all the ingredients are mixed and you get a fluffy, soft texture.
and then add the maple syrup, vanilla essence and almond milk, and blend well on moderate speed. You will get a slightly frothy mix.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and keep aside.
Now add the flour and baking powder mixture and blend on medium speed to get a cake batter consistent.
Pour the batter in the greased cake tin (you can add some roasted almonds on top if you like).
Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
Take the cake out of the pan and let it cool on the wire rack while you prepare the frosting.
For the frosting:
Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips with dairy free margarine.
Remove from the heat, add the icing sugar and let it dissolve.
Add almond milk, vanilla essence and cocoa powder and mix well. If the frosting is too thick then add a little more almond milk.
Decorating and assembling the cake:
Slice the cake in two even layers horizontally.
Spread the frosting on the bottom layer of the cake and put the top layer on it.
Cover the cake with the rest of the frosting.
Put the mixed fruit jam in the piping bag and decorate the cake.
Top with chocolate gems and edible sliver sugar balls in any design you like.
Arrange the edible sugar toppings (which all children love) on and around the cake.
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