Disclaimer: No Smurfs were harmed in the making of this cake.
This week I’ve gone for Gift kage – poison cake – a classic Danish kid’s cake. Traditionally it’s green, but we’ve just spent Christmas and New Year reading the Percy Jackson series, and he and his mum have a thing about blue food. I think the name comes from its green colour, not because the first one ever made was poisoned. At least I hope that’s where the name comes from.
Actually gift also means married, so either we Danes have a sick sense of linguistic humour or a very depressing view on matrimony.
This cake reminds me of childhood. My best friend used to bring it to school and we’d share her slices at lunchtime. Obviously not every day, don’t get the wrong idea. Naturally our parents packed us healthy lunches filled with fruits and vegetables and we ate them diligently like good children. Sometimes the cake was green, sometimes yellow and sometimes red. For some reason we couldn’t get blue colouring back then.
But now we can! When I added the blue colouring to the cake mix yesterday I really did think, ‘Oh my god, I’ve puréed a Smurf.’
I still think they’d make great Smurf cupcakes if I added a big swirl of vanilla frosting. Or use the traditional green colouring, add chocolate frosting and voilà! Shrek cupcakes.
You will need:
250g softened butter
1 tsp baking powder
1.5dl milk (about 1/2 cup)
2 tsp almond essence
2 tbsp food colouring (remember, green is the traditional way to go)
Beat the butter and sugar well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.
Mix the baking powder with the flour and sift into the mixture, folding gently.
Add the almond essence and the food colouring to the milk and gently mix it with the other ingredients.
Add to a rectangular baking tin (about 23 x 33cm) and bake in the middle of the oven at 200C.
The recipe says 25 – 30 minutes but Wonder Oven had it done after about 15.
Once it’s cooled, add a layer of chocolate icing. Just the basic, old-fashioned kind made from powdered sugar, cocoa powder and water.
Right now the wind is whipping the trees outside my window and the temperature has dropped. I’m going to curl up with my cake, my book and a glass of fresh apple and carrot juice. Then I’m going to draw my characters around me and watch them evolve a little further. I will spend the evening leading them down their final paths and maybe, if I’m very very lucky, I might finish my third draft by the end of the month.