Snake birthday cake

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    For my son who loves snakes I made a special birthday cake. I used a mini loaf tin mould and baked 18 mini cakes but you can also bake it in muffin moulds, then the recipe makes 18 muffins. The cake itself is diary free and egg free.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 375g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 160ml vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 double icing recipe (see footnote)
    • 480ml water
    • green food colouring
    • Smarties® or M&M's®
    • red liquorice for the tongue
    • black writing icing (in a tube)

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a square or rectangular mini cake tin set, or a 12 count muffin tray.
    2. In a large bowl mix flour, bicarb of soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. In a second bowl whisk oil, vinegar, vanilla extract and water. Fold the wet ingredients into the liquid ingredients and fill the mixture into the prepared mini cake tin or divide 2/3 of the mixture in the 12 count muffin tray.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a wire rack. If using a 12 count muffin tray, bake the remaining six muffins.
    4. Prepare the icing and add a few drops of food colouring to make it bright green.
    5. Arrange the mini cakes or muffins on a large rectangular platter like a snake. Cover entirely with the green icing. Make a black zig zag pattern on the back of the snake with black writing icing.
    6. Use two Smarties for eyes and a piece of red liquorish for the tongue. Refrigerate till serving.

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