Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Hobbitty Cake

When the kids realised Christmas was over and we had forgotten to make our traditional gingerbread house, Mr J suggested we make a gingerbread hobbit hole for Easter, instead.

His idea morphed into the cake I created yesterday. As you might already know, hobbit holes are curved, comfy dwellings etched into hillsides. Angled, straight-lined gingerbread is not very conducive to curvy comfort, but soft cake most definitely is!

I whipped up the super easy spice cake recipe detailed below and divided it between two containers for baking: an eight-inch round cake tin, and a similarly-sized stainless steel bowl.  When the cakes were cool, I sandwiched them together with an icing glaze, after cutting off a few centimetres at the front to create the indentation for the door.  These extra slices of cake provided a doorstep, and some height above the door of the hobbit hole.  

The door itself was a large round cookie, an adapted healthier version of traditional rolled sugar cookie dough.  I kneaded green colouring into white fondant icing and rolled it out to fit the door, using a toothpick and cocoa powder to create the detail.  The door handle was a tiny piece of white fondant, rolled in cocoa powder.  The two round windows were also bits of white fondant, covered in gold sparkle and detailed with a toothpick. I iced the entire hobbit hole with cinnamon-spiced buttercream, and sprinkled it with green coconut grass.  

Mmmm.... delicious!

  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups raw caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mixed spice [or allspice]
  • 1 cup coconut milk, melted with:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
Whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, bicarb, and spices. Separately, beat eggs and vanilla into cooled melted butter/coconut milk mixture.  Whisk two mixtures together well and pour batter into oiled/floured/lined baking tins of your choice: either the bowl and the cake tin if you're making your own hobbit house, or alternatively two dozen cupcake/two eight-inch cake tins.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes in a pre-heated 350F/180C/gas mark 4 oven.

When cool, ice with buttercream of your choice.  Ours was this:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS cinnamon
  • enough icing sugar to create a creamy consistency: about 2-3 cups
Beat together butter, vanilla, and cinnamon until well mixed.  Add in icing sugar, a cup at a time, until the right consistency is reached.  Cover cakes or cupcakes with icing and top with coconut.

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  1. Anonymous9:47 pm

    This is so cool!!!!! :O) California Girl

    1. Thanks! I want to live in a real one someday. Preferably not made of cake though that would be rather nice! :)

  2. What a cute idea, Erin! Much better than a gingerbread house any day. :)

  3. Oh wow! This is just awesome. Thanks for sharing a creative and clever idea. Maybe I will muster up the enthusiasm to try this (my six year old will FREAK OUT!).


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